Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battleground to Community
—Brightwood Heritage Trail —
Saul originally came to Washington in 1841 from County Cork, Ireland, to work for Andrew Jackson Downing, then one of the nation's most important landscape architects. Saul assisted Downing as they landscaped the city's key public spaces: the National Mall, the Ellipse, and Lafayette Square. Saul's descendants went into real estate, founding the B.F. Saul Company and also Chevy Chase Bank.
To your left is the rear of the Rittenhouse, which opened in 1957 as the area's first grand large-scale apartment building. (The Mid-century Modern style of the Rittenhouse is best seen from 16th Street, one block to your left.) Constructed by Morris Pollin and Sons, it was part of the wave of post-World War II residential building that filled in most of the District's remaining rural settings. Pollin's son Abe, the developer, philanthropist, and long-time owner of the Washington Wizards, got his start building houses
Noted Washington architect Joseph Abel designed the Rittenhouse emphasizing glass and natural light, and centering the tall building in its grassy space.
Erected 2008 by Cultural Heritage DC. (Marker Number 8.)
Location. 38° 57.918′ N, 77° 2.012′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street N.W. and Rittenshouse Street N.W. on 14th Street N.W.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Never Again Such Homes At the Price! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An African American Enclave (about 700 feet away); Military Road School (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Stevens (approx. ¼ mile away); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (approx. ¼ mile away); Scale Model of Fort Stevens (approx. ¼ mile away); School Days (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail.
Also see . . .
1. Saul, John–(1819-1897) (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Morris Pollin, Builder, District Philanthropist. (JPG image) Washington Post Obituary, December 18, 1977. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Brightwood Heritage Trail. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.