Wakefield in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Top of the Town
—Tenleytown Heritage Trail —
Developers Ernest M. Pease and Colorado Senator Thomas M. Patterson snapped up the promising high ground here between the Wisconsin Avenue and Connecticut Avenue streetcar lines. In 1904 they promoted their subdivision, “Colorado Heights,” to middle-income white workers, promising that homes would cost not less than $2,500. “Never again,” predicted the Washington Post “ will land anywhere near Connecticut Avenue be sold so cheaply as this.”
Despite Tenleytown’s modern amenities – police and fire protection, electric lights, water and sewers – growth dragged until after World War I (1914-1918). Then the Warren brothers bought many of Senator Patterson’s lots. They built three blocks of battleship gray, two-bedroom bungalows, many with front porches or sleeping porches. A walk around these blocks is a step
In Tenleytown the Permanent Highway Plan took its cues from real estate developers, who had laid a grid over the old picturesque, curving streets. Years of changes to the area have erased portions of Grant Road and other country lanes, and the plan renamed others. The introduction of Nebraska Avenue (1930s) and Brandywine Street (1950s) led to the demolition of the old Nebraska Market, once situated behind you at Brandywine Street and Grant Road.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 38° 56.987′ N, 77° 4.481′ W. Marker is in Wakefield, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Brandywine Street and 38th Street, on the left when traveling east on Brandywine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schools (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three R's (about 400 feet away); Fort Reno (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Reno Reservoir/Reno City (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Reno (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civil War Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Country Road (approx. 0.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.