Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Latrobe Gate - Tingey House
Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1804, the gate and flanking guardhouses were constructed in the Greek Revival style. This style became very popular in the young nation, and the original section of the gate represents one of the earliest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. In 1823 a second story was added to the existing guardhouses. The Latrobe Gate is the oldest continually manned Marine sentry post in the nation.
This neoclassical style brick house was built in 1804 at the suggestion of the first commandant of the yard, Captain Thomas Tingey, who lived here until his death in 1829. It was designed by the firm of Lovering and Dyer of Georgetown. When Tingey burned the Yard in 1814, he spared the house as being of no military value to the British. Through the years it has been remodeled and modernized by its occupants. Several Victorian additions include a bay on the west side of the house and the glass porch which surrounds the front and east side. The large wisteria vine growing on the porch is believed to be one of the earliest brought to the United States by the first Japanese mission which landed in the Yard in 1860. In recent years the house served as the house of the Commandant of the Naval District Washington. In 1977, it was designated as the
Location. 38° 52.552′ N, 76° 59.691′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Dahlgren Avenue, SE and Warrington Avenue SE, on the right when traveling north on Dahlgren Avenue, SE. Touch for map. Marker is inside the Washington Navy Yard, at the northwest corner of Leutze Park and across Warrington Avenue from the historic Latrobe Gate which is now an entrance for Yard residents, only. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Washington Navy Yard (here, next to this marker); Leutze Park Gun Collection (within shouting distance of this marker); Optical Tower - Second Officers House (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Officer's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Navy Yard: Maker of Weapons (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Center for Naval History - The Navy Museum (about 300 feet away); Washington Navy Yard: Serving the Fleet (about 400 feet away); Dudley Knox Center for Naval History (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
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Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Thomas Tingey, Commodore, U.S. Navy. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,981 times since then and 93 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on August 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on January 11, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.