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Historical Markers in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia

 
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1District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 12 — 1968Cultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Following the April 4, 1968, assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., rioting broke out when angry crowds gathered at 14th and U Streets. The disturbances, here and around the city, lasted four days. At least ten people were . . . Map (db m184987) HM
2District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 2728 Sherman Ave. N.W.
Edward Kennedy Ellington Residence 1919 - 1922 "I Love You Madly" Dedicated This Day, April 28, 1990 Marion Barry Jr., MayorMap (db m142334) HM
3District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — A Changing Landscape
For nearly a century, between 1862 and 1962, streetcars in Washington, D.C. carried people across the District. The first streetcars were drawn by horses and could only carry people short distances, but the introduction of the electric streetcars, . . . Map (db m111927) HM
4District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 3 — A City in ItselfCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Columbia Heights by the mid 1920s was a center of white elite activity and commerce. The elegant, Neoclassical style Riggs Bank branch and the Italian Renaissance style Tivoli Theater opened to great acclaim. Soon after, radio station WRC . . . Map (db m130743) HM
5District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — A Gathering Place for WashingtoniansMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Since Meridian Hill Park opened in 1936, Washingtonians from the diverse neighborhoods surrounding the park have gathered here for performances, community events, and political protest. When tens of thousands of people flocked to Washington, . . . Map (db m156670) HM
6District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse ThievesMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
It is perhaps no surprise that Commodore David Porter, hero of the War of 1812, chose Meridian Hill on which to build his estate. From this knoll, Porter had a direct line of sight to the President's mansion. Though no match for the grand buildings . . . Map (db m63740) HM
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7District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 4 — After the Hard TimesCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
When the smoke cleared after the civil disturbances of April 1968, Columbia Heights lay devastated. Many residents and businesses simply left. Others remained to pick up the pieces. But who would help rebuild? Citizen groups, church . . . Map (db m152929) HM
8District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 2 — Amusement PalaceCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
The intersection of 14th Street and Park Road has been the center of community life since at least 1871, when the neighborhood was called Mount Pleasant and storekeeper George Emery made his living on the northwest corner to your left. . . . Map (db m130744) HM
9District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — An American MeridianMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Thomas Jefferson believed the surveyor's of the nation's capital city should set a new American Meridian, a north-south line running through both poles and the American continent. This reference line, longitude 0° 0°, would aid navigation, . . . Map (db m63770) HM
10District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Art for the PeopleMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Congress ordered sculptures installed at Meridian Hill Park long before the park's completion. So many sculptures were authorized that Horace Peaslee, the park's architect, called for a moratorium on installations. He told the Commission of the . . . Map (db m63658) HM
11District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Buchanan
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12District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Campus to Army Camps and Back AgainMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
President Monroe singed a charter in 1821 that established Columbian College on a site north of Florida Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Columbian College moved to Foggy Bottom in 1912 and became George Washington University, but the original . . . Map (db m63771) HM
13District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins DrewAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 3324 Sherman Avenue, NW, Apartment 1 —
Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904-1950), renowned for his blood plasma research, was associated with Howard University College of Medicine during most of his career. In 1941 Drew joined a national effort to set up a blood banking process but left because . . . Map (db m65523) HM
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14District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 15 — College HillCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Wayland Seminary opened in Foggy Bottom just after the Civil War to train formerly enslaved people and others as “preachers and teachers for the South” and as missionaries to evangelize Africa. In 1875 it moved here, later merging . . . Map (db m130745) HM
15District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 5 — Community BuildersCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Harry Wardman, Washington's prolific developer, built nearly all of the 300 houses to your right between Monroe Street and Spring Road. Wardman, an English immigrant and self-made millionaire, became known for his rowhouses, whose front . . . Map (db m130746) HM
16District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Creating the "City Beautiful"Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
At the beginning of its second century, the nation's capital was changing dramatically. In 1902, the United States Senate adopted a number of recommendations from the Senate Park Commission, popularly known as the McMillan Commission. By 1910, a . . . Map (db m63940) HM
17District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Design ChallengesMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Limited funds and dramatic change in elevation at the Meridian Hill Park site -- falling 75 feet from north to south -- challenged the Commission of Fine Arts and their designers. The 16th Street edge required massive retaining walls to transition . . . Map (db m63944) HM
18District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Drum and Spear Bookstore SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 1371 Fairmont Street, NW —
The Drum and Spear Bookstore, founded in 1968 by Charlie Cobb, a former secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, specialized in books written by black authors, and books on Asian, African, and African American subjects. Growing . . . Map (db m85756) HM
19District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Elder SpiritEveryday People Columbia Heights Art on Call
Youth from the Latin American Youth Center - Art + Media House used cameras and microphones to explore the changing faces of Columbia Heights’ people and places. Collaborating with community artists, youth researched neighborhood history, . . . Map (db m126148)
20District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Everyday PeopleColumbia Heights Art on Call — World in the Park —
Youth from the Latin American Youth Center–Art + Media House used cameras and microphones to explore the changing faces of Columbia Heights' people and places. Collaborating with community artists, youth researched neighborhood history, . . . Map (db m111852) HM
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21District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Francis L. Cardozo High School1928
Organized September 1928 at M Street and New York Avenue Moved February 19, 1933 to Ninth Street and Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. Moved August 1950 to Thirteenth and Clifton Street, N.W.Map (db m23651) HM
22District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 8 — Girard Street ElitesCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
The 1100 and 1200 blocks of Girard Street once were home to a “Who’s Who” of African American leaders. This and nearby “double-blocks” are the heart of John Sherman’s Columbia Heights subdivision. By placing all houses 30 feet from the . . . Map (db m130747) HM
23District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Growing StrongEveryday People Columbia Heights Art on Call
Youth from the Latin American Youth Center - Art + Media House used cameras and microphones to explore the changing faces of Columbia Heights’ people and places. Collaborating with community artists, youth researched neighborhood history, . . . Map (db m126149)
24District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 6 — Holmead LegacyCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
This spot once was the center of the Holmead family estate, "Pleasant Plains." The property stretched from today's Spring Road to Columbia Road, and from Georgia Avenue to Rock Creek. In 1740 the Holmeads built a house near here. In 1802, . . . Map (db m150253) HM
25District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — James BuchananDiplomat, Statesman, and Fifteenth President of the United States — Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark —
Buchanan was our only bachelor president and relied upon his orphaned niece, Harriet Lane, to act as his First Lady during his years in the White House (1857 to 1861). In her estate, Harriet Lane Johnson made a bequest to fund a memorial to her . . . Map (db m156671) HM
26District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 9 — Justice vs. InjusticeCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
These elegant 13th Street houses were constructed when racial separation was legal and widely accepted. In 1910 the deeds for many houses across 13th Street had covenants banning “any negro or colored persons.” Those on this side generally . . . Map (db m130748) HM
27District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — La Lotería Mexicana / The Mexican Lotería🏳️‍🌈
La Lotería Mexicana 🏳️‍🌈 La lotería es un juego similar al bingo que se originó en Italia en el siglo XV, pero en donde ha dejado huella en la cultura popular y las costumbres, ha sido en México. . . . Map (db m177212) HM
28District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Las Bicicletas[The Bicycles]
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle: Las Bicicletas Gilberto Aceves Navarro Map (db m150234) HM
29District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 18 — Literary LightsCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
"A Black world in which a wonderful democracy of conditions prevailed — waitresses, doctors, preachers, winos, teachers, numbers runners and funeral directors, prostitutes and housewives, cabdrivers and laborers all lived as neighbors." . . . Map (db m130749) HM
30District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 1 — Main StreetCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Fourteenth Street has always been the business backbone of Columbia Heights. Beginning in the 1890s, electric streetcars dropped passengers at nearly every corner, attracting commerce. By 1925 storefronts occupied the blocks between Euclid . . . Map (db m130750) HM
31District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 16 — Mansions, Parks, and PeopleCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
On your right is Josephine Butler Parks Center, home of Washington Parks & People, a network of groups devoted to DC and its parks. The network's 1927 mansion, which once housed the Hungarian delegation, was part of an embassy row envisioned . . . Map (db m130751) HM
32District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Mix of CulturesEveryday People Columbia Heights Art on Call
Youth from the Latin American Youth Center—Art + Media House used cameras and microphones to explore the changing faces of Columbia Heights' people and places. Collaborating with community artists, youth researched neighborhood history, . . . Map (db m129069) HM
33District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 8 — Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey
Low cost housing in Mount Pleasant in the decades following World War II made it an ideal place for immigrants to the area. Refugees fleeing World War II and the Cold War in Eastern Europe were the first group to arrive. A small Czech community . . . Map (db m130866) HM
34District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Moving between Old and NewEveryday People Columbia Heights Art on Call
Youth from the Latin American Youth Center—Art + Media House used cameras and microphones to explore the changing faces of Columbia Heights' people and places. Collaborating with community artists, youth researched neighborhood history, . . . Map (db m129027) HM
35District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 7 — Nob HillCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
For nearly 50 years, this corner was home to Nob Hill Restaurant, one of the nation's first openly gay bars for-and run by-African Americans. Started in the 1950s as a private social club, Nob Hill went public in 1957. Patrons enjoyed . . . Map (db m86014) HM
36District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 10 — On the HeightsCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
In the days of legally segregated public education (1862-1954), this school building was Central High, the gem of the School Board’s white division. But by 1949, it had few students, as the post-World War II suburban housing boom had drawn . . . Map (db m130752) HM
37District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Park DesignersMeridan Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Noted landscape architects George Burnap and Horace Peaslee, who worked in the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, designed Meridian Hill Park under the guidance of the Commission of Fine Arts. By 1914, Burnap had completed his basic design: a . . . Map (db m63952) HM
38District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 14 — Pitts Motor HotelCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
The Pitts Motor Hotel, formerly located at 1451 Belmont Street, lingers in memory for two reasons. In the 1960s it was a gathering place of Civil Rights movement leaders. Later it became a "welfare hotel." In March 1968 the Reverend Dr. . . . Map (db m63706) HM
39District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 17 — Social JusticeCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Straight ahead is All Souls Church, Unitarian, long known for its social activism, starting with abolitionism in the 1820s and ranging through nuclear disarmament and interracial cooperation. During the segregation era, All Souls was one of . . . Map (db m130753) HM
40District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
• 1957: First integrated Episcopal church in DC • 1969: Began Loaves & Fishes feeding program; hot meals still served every Saturday and Sunday at Noon • 1975: Ordained four women to the priesthood, resulting in the ordination of . . . Map (db m142192) HM
41District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — The Fedora
In 1920, Washington D. C. was home to the largest African American Community in the country. Numerous venues in the U Street area showcased prominent musicians and politicians of the day. On this site stood the Pitts Motel and its Red Carpet Lounge. . . . Map (db m63678) HM
42District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 19 — The Latino Intelligence CenterCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
This block is home to some of the largest Latino organizations in the city, all founded as migration from Central America and the Caribbean increased in the 1970s. Several began with a boost from Cavalry United Methodist Church at 1459 Columbia . . . Map (db m130754) HM
43District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — The Wilson Center
To The Glory of God And in grateful memory of one of his servants This building devoted to Christian education Is named for Woodrow Wilson President of Princeton University 1902 — 1910 Governor of the state of New Jersey . . . Map (db m82615) HM
44District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 7 — Turbulence and ChangeThe '50s and '60s
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court made its historic decision in Brown vs. Board of Education to end segregation in public schools. One of the lawsuits that made up this decision involved the DC schools, and the following September, . . . Map (db m130863) HM
45District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 11 — Views of JusticeCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
On your left once stood Belmont, an impressive stone mansion built in 1883 by entrepreneur Amzi L. Barber, "America's Asphalt King." Barber headed the Education Department at Howard University at the time of its founding in 1867. He soon . . . Map (db m152933) HM
46District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Visionary and Park ChampionMeridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Meridian Hill Park might never have been built had it not been for the determination of Mary Foote Henderson (1846 - 1931). For 22 years, she lobbied Congress for funds to buy the land and build the park. Congress's 1910 vote to authorize . . . Map (db m63934) HM
47District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Washington Meridian"The Stone" — 1804 - 1923 —
The stone marking the Washington Meridian was formerly located 52 feet, nine inches west of this tablet which was presented by the Army and Navy Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.Map (db m82518) HM
48District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Welcome to the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain!SPAIN Arts & Culture
Built in 1922, this Beaux-Arts mansion was designed by renowned American architect George Oakley Totten, and it served as the Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain from 1927 until the late 1990s, when a new official residence was inaugurated on . . . Map (db m177215) HM
 
 
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Nov. 30, 2022