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Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Kappa House

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

—1708 S Street, NW —

 
Historic Kappa House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 24, 2016
1. Historic Kappa House Marker
Inscription.  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.

Caption:
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
 
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Historic Kappa House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 24, 2016
2. Historic Kappa House Marker
The marker is at the lower right in this view, looking at the Kappa House in the middle of two other buildings (looking roughly west along S Street).
Tourism DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.842′ N, 77° 2.339′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on S Street Northwest east of New Hampshire Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1708 S Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); The Whyland (within shouting distance of this marker); 1700 Swann Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Hamilton Houston Residence (about 500 feet away); 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); The Cairo (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 Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Historic Kappa House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 24, 2016
3. Historic Kappa House Marker
Historic Kappa House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 24, 2016
4. Historic Kappa House Marker
A small marker to the right of the Kappa House front door indicates that the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Plaque on the house image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 4, 2019
5. Plaque on the house
The Kappa House
1708 S Street Northwest

has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior

Washington DC Alumni Chapter
ΚΑΨ Fraternity, Inc.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 12 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.   5. submitted on February 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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