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Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sacred Heart Academy

Village in the City

 

—Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —

 
Sacred Heart Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
1. Sacred Heart Academy Marker
Inscription. Set back from the Street at 1621 Park Road, to your left, is an elegant old house, once the all-girls Sacred Heart Academy. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of Wisconsin founded the Academy in 1905 and went on to operate it with Sacred Heart parish, adding a co-ed grade school in 1930. Lay educators took over in the 1990s. In addition, the school housed GALA Hispanic Theatre from 1985 to 2000.

While the school always served Mount Pleasant's diverse nationalities, African Americans were excluded until 1951. Washington's Catholic schools actually began desegregating in 1949, five years before DC Public Schools.

The Park Monroe Apartments, straight ahead, occupy a site where between 1913 and 1921 the family of Wisconsin Progressive Senator Robert F. La Follette lived. The senator and his wife Belle Case La Follette, worked together for world peace and human equality. Just across 16th at 3321 was the home of movie theater mogul Harry M. Crandall. Tragedy struck Crandall in 1922, when the roof of his Knickerbocker Theater at 18th and Columbia Road collapsed during a blizzard, killing 98 and injuring scores. At the time, Crandall was about to build another theater at 14th and Park Road using the Knickerbocker's architect. In shock, he hired another designer, an the Tivoli opened in 1924.

Mary Henderson and
Sacred Heart Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
2. Sacred Heart Academy Marker
architect George O. Totten Built the mansion on the corner in 1920. From 1939 until 1969 it housed Capital Radio Engineering Institute, teaching radio and TV electronics. CREI later became Maryland's Capitol College.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 38° 55.896′ N, 77° 2.194′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street NW and Park Rd. NW, on the right when traveling south on 16th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey (a few steps from this marker); Avenue of Churches (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Upheaval and Activism (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wilson Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fashionable 16th Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Main Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Social Justice (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ambassadors of Faith (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
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Sacred Heart Second Graders image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
3. Sacred Heart Second Graders
Juan Canales, Phuong Nguen and Elly Tsckerlclis, 1963
Close-up of photo on marker
Eighth Grade Graduation image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
4. Eighth Grade Graduation
Rita DiRienzo and Malvina Brown pose with Sister Caedmon during eighth grade graduation from Sacred Heart School, 1963
Close-up of photo on marker
Helen Hayes image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 15, 2013
5. Helen Hayes
seen here in 1931 as a young actress, attended Sacred Heart Academy for several years.
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The La Follette's image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
6. The La Follette's
Wisconsin Senator Robert la Follette and family in their Washington backyard, 1917
Close-up of photo on marker
Harry Crandall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
7. Harry Crandall
Theater mogul Harry Crandall and daughter Olga, ca. 1928
Close-up of photo on marker
Radio image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
8. Radio
Capital Radio Engineering Institute students work with radio parts, around 1940
Close-up of photo on marker
English as a Second Language image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
9. English as a Second Language
A class in English as a Second Language at Sacred Heart School, 1995
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Eighth Grade Graduates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
10. Eighth Grade Graduates
The Sacred Heart School eighth grade graduates of 1935
Close-up of photo on marker
Sacred Heart Academy image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
11. Sacred Heart Academy
1621 Park Road
Sacred Heart Academy sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
12. Sacred Heart Academy sign
Architectural Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
13. Architectural Detail
Sacred Heart Academy
Sacred Heart image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
14. Sacred Heart
Mural at Sacred Heart Academy
Park Monroe Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
15. Park Monroe Apartments
on the site of Senator La Follette's home
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By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
16. Unit
Park Monroe Luxury Apartments
5324 16th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
17. 5324 16th Street
Former home of Capitol Radio Engineering Institute; built by George O. Totten for Mary Henderson in 1920. The marker is visible in the lower right corner.
5324 16th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
18. 5324 16th Street
Now Creative Minds International Charter School
Sacred Heart School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
19. Sacred Heart School
1625 Park Road
Art Deco Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
20. Art Deco Detail
Sacred Heart School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 606 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. submitted on September 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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