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Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
 
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By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
Travelers Await Trains
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 15 — At the Crossroads — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
One year before Congress and the President arrived in their new capital city in 1800, Washington's Navy Yard opened at the foot of Eighth Street, two miles south of this sign. The yard soon became the city's biggest employer. In 1908 streetcars . . . — Map (db m60097) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 9 — Brickyards to Buildings — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
The Trinidad neighborhood, named for W.W. Corcoran's original estate, got its start in the 1890s after the Washington Brick Machine Company used up the clay here making bricks. With H Street filling in with houses and businesses, the company sold . . . — Map (db m71686) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 5 — Community Caretakers — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
The elegant Romanesque portion of the Senate Square condominium complex started life in 1874 as the Little Sisters of the Poor House for the Aged. St. Aloysius Church member Ellen Sherman, wife of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, helped . . . — Map (db m71682) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 10 — Culture and Commerce — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
When the Atlas Performing Arts Center opened in 2005, it gave hope to an area still recovering from the destruction following the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. But when K-B's Atlas movie house opened here in . . . — Map (db m71687) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 8 — Education for All — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Gallaudet University is world renowned as the premier institution for higher education for deaf and hard of hearing students. It opened as the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind in 1856 on land donated by former . . . — Map (db m71685) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 13 — Enterprising Families — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
The small scale and low rents of H Street's oldest buildings have lured waves of immigrant entrepreneurs since the buildings were new in the 1880s. By 1930, alongside Greek, Italian, Irish, and other immigrant-owned shops, at least 75 Jewish-owned . . . — Map (db m71690) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 17 — Get Behind the Wheel — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Ourisman Chevrolet once occupied almost the entire north side of this block. After two years as a top-performing Chevy salesman on Connecticut Avenue, and with a $2,000 loan from his widowed mother, Benjamin Ourisman opened his own dealership here . . . — Map (db m71693) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 12 — Mediterranean Imports — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Maryland Avenue in the 1930s was home to immigrants from around the Mediterranean. Evelyn Kogok Hier grew up at 1328 Maryland Avenue. She remembered her next-door neighbor, the Right Reverend Ayoub (Job) Salloom, hosting after-church gatherings . . . — Map (db m71689) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 7 — Provisions for the City — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
This high ground near the B&O Railroad tracks has been Union Terminal Market since 1931. That year Center Market on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, came down to make way for the National Archives. Vendors seeking new locations clustered here. Before the . . . — Map (db m71684) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 4 — Roll Out the Barrel — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Stuart-Hobson Middle School, one block to the east of this sign, was built in 1927 on the site of an old brewery, one of nearly two dozen that operated in DC after the Civil War. Almost all of the breweries were run by German immigrants who . . . — Map (db m71681) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 18 — Sanctuaries — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Calvary Episcopal Church, half a block north at 820 Sixth Street, has been a community anchor since 1901. For most of its early years, the congregation, led by founding rector Reverend Franklin I.A. Bennett, met at 11th and G. In 1941 it welcomed . . . — Map (db m71694) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 3 — Swampoodle
This is the western edge of what once was the rough, working-class Swampoodle neighborhood. In the early days the marshy Tiber Creek ran between what are now North Capitol and First Streets, NE. Legend has it that lingering rain puddles ("poodles") . . . — Map (db m59928) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 14 — The Changing Faces of H Street — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
The handsome church on this corner is the second to occupy this spot. The first was a small brick chapel built by John A. Douglas in 1878 for the new Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. Soon after, it was renamed Douglas Memorial Methodist . . . — Map (db m71691) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 16 — The Fires of 1968 — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
On Friday, April 5, 1968 the 600 block of H Street went up in flames. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been assassinated a day earlier, and grief-stricken, angry men and women had taken to the streets across the city. Some took part in . . . — Map (db m71692) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 11 — The Hub — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
The starburst intersection of five major roads marks this spot as a transportation hub for the neighborhood and the region. Shortly after Congress arrived in Washington in 1800, city leaders chose an old farm road to create a private toll turnpike . . . — Map (db m71688) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 6 — The Iceman's Arena — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Uline Arena was built in 1941 by ice maker Mike Uline to present ice skating, hocky, basketball, and tennis. The Dutch immigrant, originally named Migiel Uihlein, had made a fortune patenting ice production equipment and selling ice from his plant . . . — Map (db m71683) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), NoMa/Sursum Corda — 1 — All Aboard! — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Union Station, across First Street, was the world’s largest railroad terminal when it opened in 1907. Its construction took five years and displaced hundreds of small houses and businesses. Architect Daniel Burnham’s Beaux-Arts masterpiece, with . . . — Map (db m71678) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Union Station — 2 — Gateway to The Nation's Capital — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
With its view of the Capitol and Senate office buildings, and with the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court just a short stroll away, Union Station truly is the gateway to the heart of the nation's government. The station is also where official . . . — Map (db m71679) HM

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