Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Started in the 1950s as a private social club, Nob Hill went public in 1957. Patrons enjoyed entertainment ranging from male dancers to weekly “Gospel Hours” with local church choirs. One regular called the low-key club “a house party that charged a cover.” When Nob Hill closed in 2004, it was considered DC's longest-operating gay bar.
Across Kenyon Street are the playing fields of Harriet Tubman Elementary School. The school opened in 1970 amid controversy over whether it would destroy the neighborhood's essential character. Despite resident efforts to block the school; construction went ahead, displacing 17 longstanding businesses along 11th Street and fine, three-story rowhouses on 13th, Irving, and Kenyon Streets.
The remaining single-story commercial strip behind you dates back to the early 1910s, shortly after the 11th Street streetcar line arrived and increased foot traffic here.
As you proceed to Sign 8, you'll pass Columbia Road, where Ralph Bunche lived at number 1123 in the early 1930s. Bunche later founded Howard University's Political Science Department and served as a U.S. diplomat. For his work on established
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 38° 55.804′ N, 77° 1.678′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Kenyon Street and 11th Street Northwest on Kenyon Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Treat Me Refined" (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Beer Garden to Park View (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Urban Oasis (approx. ¼ mile away); Main Street (approx. ¼ mile away); The Next Wave (approx. ¼ mile away); Girard Street Elites (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Modern Shopper (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Also see . . .
1. D.C.'s oldest gay bar keeps flying under the radar. By Justin Moyer, The District Line, January 26, 2001 (Submitted on July 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. DC's oldest bar, Nob Hill, shuts its doors after 50 years (Submitted on July 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on July 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on July 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.