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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
Back of Sacred Heart Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
2. Back of Sacred Heart Academy Marker

Back of marker:
Tucked into a bend in Rock Creek Park on the breezy heights above central Washington, Mount Pleasant was one of the city's earliest suburban developments. It began as a village of government clerks mainly from New England, and stretched from 17th Street east to Seventh Street. Later it attracted prominent citizens to its site along fashionable 16th Street, and eventually yielded the area east of 16th Street to Columbia Heights. But that's only on the map. Mount Pleasant's boundaries depend on who you are and where you came from.

The arrival of the streetcar transformed the village into an urban enclave. Working people and newcomers to Washington began to call Mount Pleasant home in the mid-1900s. Its varied citizenry earned it the nickname "little U.N." By the 1970s Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan were recognized as the heart of the Latino immigrant community.

Mount Pleasant activists have often been on the cutting edge of important civic issues, and artists and musicians have been part of its daily life. While the neighborhood has changed with the city, some things remain constant. Children consider the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park their personal playgrounds, and residents shop and greet each other on Mt. Pleasant Street. Colonial Revival mansions, early apartment buildings, and rowhouses remain remarkably intact. A stroll along the 17 signs of Village in the City: Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail will introduce you to it all. Welcome!

Special thanks to the Mount Pleasang Heritage Trail Working Group: Neil Richardson, chair; Mara Cherkasky, Working Group historian; Jim Barnett, David Bosserman, Jeff Brechbul, Malvina Brown, Olivia Cadaval, Robert Frazier, Elinor Hart, Mary Hathaway, Dora Johnson, Edwin Hill Langrall, Jeff Logan, Carmen Marrero, Dennis Marvich, Ric Mendoza-Gleason, Louis Meyer, Galey Modan, Mary Mill Rojas, Michael Rosa, David Sitomer, and Terry Thielen. And also to Tanya Edwards Beauchamp, Mary Belcher, Joana Brown, Ginger Carter, Rodney Case, Ronald Chacon, Carmen Chapin, Shirley Cherkasky, Carole Clarke, Alan Darby, Sharon Deane, Malini Dominey, Larry Fredette, Will Grant, Joan Graumamn, Mary Gregory, Martha Grigg, Tony Grillo, Richard Hardy, Faye HAskins, Fred Haya III, Gregory Heller, Michael Heller, Luis Hernandez, Eddie Hicks, Jane Holt, Toni Johnson, Eliza A.B. Jones, Wayne Kahn, Ellen Kardy, Bill Katopothis, Brian Kraft, Ken Laden, Myrtle Lawson, Mary Leckle, Marshall Logan, Louise Legsdon, Linda Low, Rob Low, Jeanie Majeed, Gladys Mitchell, Gloria Mitchell, Mount Pleasant Business Association, Mount Pleasant Main Street Inc., Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Alliance, Michael Najarian, Mark Opsasnick, Ruby Priecanos, Ann Piesen, Rosanne Burch Piesen, Wes Ponder, Rick Reinhard, Vilma Rosario, Donald Schwarzz, Wosley Semple, Chris Shaheen, Ryan Shepard, Harold Silver, Kathryn S. Smith, Louise Townsend Smith, David Songer, Grace Tamborrelle, Fay Thompson, Honora Thompson, Leu Vondas, Tasso Vondas, Randy Waller, Dagmar Hasalova White, and Arthur Wong.

Village in the City: Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail is produced by Brendan Meyer, Jane Freundel Levey, Brett Weary, Mara Cherkasky, and Anne W. Rollins of Cultural Tourism DC in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Develoopment, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail Working Group. The trail was supported by Historic Mount Pleasant.

2006, All rights reserved. Designed by Side View/Hanna Smotrich, Map by Larry Bowring.

Image Caption:
The Sacred Heart School eighth grade graduates of 1935. Collection of Sacred Heart School
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 of 17.)
 
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); Mount Pleasant Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Streetcar Suburb (about 500 feet away); Avenue of Churches (was about 600 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Main Street (about 600 feet away); The First Bodega (about 600 feet away); Mount Pleasant Street, ca. 2004 (about 700 feet away); Casualties Arriving at Mount Pleasant General Hospital, May 1864 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
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Sacred Heart Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
3. Sacred Heart Academy Marker
Sacred Heart Second Graders image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
4. 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
5. 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
6. Helen Hayes
seen here in 1931 as a young actress, attended Sacred Heart Academy for several years.
Close-up of photo on marker
The La Follette's image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. English as a Second Language
A class in English as a Second Language at Sacred Heart School, 1995
Close-up of photo on marker
Eighth Grade Graduates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
11. 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
12. Sacred Heart Academy
1621 Park Road
Sacred Heart Academy sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
13. Sacred Heart Academy sign
Architectural Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
14. Architectural Detail
Sacred Heart Academy
Sacred Heart image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
15. Sacred Heart
Mural at Sacred Heart Academy
Park Monroe Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
16. Park Monroe Apartments
on the site of Senator La Follette's home
Unit image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
17. Unit
Park Monroe Luxury Apartments
5324 16th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
18. 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
19. 5324 16th Street
Now Creative Minds International Charter School
Sacred Heart School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
20. Sacred Heart School
1625 Park Road
Art Deco Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
21. Art Deco Detail
Sacred Heart School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. 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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