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Woodley Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Woodley Road Neighbors

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
1. Woodley Road Neighbors Marker
Inscription. An Irish priest and the Duchess of Windsor each separately played a part in Woodley Park's history. In 1912 Father Thomas A. Walsh bought the present site of St. Thomas Apostle Church and Rectory on Woodley Road for $16,750. It was here that he established the first Catholic parish in the new suburb of Woodley Park. It was known as the church of the catacombs because it remained a basement church from 1923 until 1951 when the current structure was built. St. Thomas was also known as the diplomatic parish serving embassies within its boundaries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

The international celebrity of Wallis Warfield Simpson also had connections to this neighborhood. In the 1920s, her mother, Alice Montague Warfield, ran a boarding house on Woodley Road across the alley from the school building that was originally built to house St. Thomas School. Mrs. Simpson, an American socialite and double divorcee, married Edward VIII of England after their relationship created an international scandal that led to his abdication from the British throne in 1936.

The Woodley Park call boxes were developed by the Woodley Park Community Association as part of Art on Call, a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and
Woodley Road Neighbors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
2. Woodley Road Neighbors Marker
Economic Development, and the District Department of Transportation. Local support for this call box was provided by the Woodley Park Community Association and Shapiro & Company LLC.
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Location. 38° 55.603′ N, 77° 3.315′ W. Marker is in Woodley Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Garfield Street near 27th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walsh Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harry Wardman (about 300 feet away); Long & Winding Woodley Road (about 700 feet away); From Woodley to Woodley Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Redwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Million Dollar Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Black and Gray Squirrels (approx. mile away); Mihran Mesrobian (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodley Park.
 
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Woodley Road Neighbors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
3. Woodley Road Neighbors Marker
Father Thomas A. Walsh image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
4. Father Thomas A. Walsh
Close-up of photo on marker
Wallis Simpson and her mother, Alice Montague Warfield image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
5. Wallis Simpson and her mother, Alice Montague Warfield
Close-up of photo on marker
Saint Thomas Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2015
6. Saint Thomas Catholic Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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