Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Kappa House
1708 S Street, NW
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington D.C. —
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was founded at Indiana University in 1911. The ten founders determined from the start that membership would be based solely on achievement. In 1949 the fraternity's Washington Alumni Chapter worked with undergraduate chapters at Howard University and Miner Teachers College to purchase this Georgian style former residence designed by Washington architect Leon E. Dessez. "Kappa Kastle" became a popular center of social activity, activism, and philanthropy for African Americans, especially during the era of racial segregation. Members of the Washington Alumni Chapter have led the way in politics, civil rights, education, medicine, the arts, and other fields.
In 1958 past and current Washington Polemachs (leaders) posed at Kappa House. From left, standing: Dr. Samuel L. Bullock, James M. Coggs, Julian Dugas, Dr. Paul P. Cooke, Dr. W. Henry "Stud" Greene. From left, seated, C.K. Brown, Robert Thompson, George E.C. Hayes, James E. Scott, Judge Armond Scott, and Dr. Willisiton H. Lofton.
Collection of Dr. Paul P. Cooke
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1708 S Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At 1740 New Hampshire Ave. (within shouting distance of this marker); Rooms With a View (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Hamilton Houston Residence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Owen D Young Peace Tower (about 700 feet away); Charlotte Forten Grimke House (about 700 feet away); Todd Duncan Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); All the Row Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away); You are in the "Strivers' Section" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Also see . . . Historic Kappa House, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 17, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 3. submitted on July 24, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on March 29, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.