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Historical Markers and War Memorials in District of Columbia
By Devry Becker Jones, February 29, 2020
Crossroads Create Community Marker
| The Grand, Neo-classical Revival style building that you see across Georgia Avenue north of Missouri opened in 1925 as the Bank of Brightwood, thanks to efforts of the Brightwood Citizens Association. Designed by Treasury Department architect . . . — — Map (db m72818) HM|
| English, Irish and German settlers, as well as enslaved and free African Americans, were the first non-natives to claim Brightwood. Farmers dominated until the Civil War. Then in the 1890s electric streetcars allowed government workers to live . . . — — Map (db m121018) HM|
|The Jones Haywood School of Ballet was founded here by Doris W. Jones and Claire H. Haywood in 1941. Their Capitol Ballet Company, established in 1961, remained the nation's only predominantly African American, professional ballet troupe through the . . . — — Map (db m65511) HM|
The City Park across the street was once Emery Place, the summer estate of Matthew Gault Emery.
A prominent builder, Emery was Washington City's last elected mayor during the period of home rule. He was succeeded in 1874 by a . . . — — Map (db m72816) HM|
Fresh Water Springs in this pleasant high ground once drew European settlers. Farmers called the area "Crystal Spring." In 1859 the half-mile Crystal Spring Racetrack opened on land to your left. For 75 cents, Washingtonians hopped a . . . — — Map (db m109288) HM|
|The facade of the original house for Engine Company 24 was located at 3702 Georgia Avenue, N.W. just north of this site. Built in 1911, the firehouse was designed by Luther Leisenring and Charles Gregg. It originally housed horses and horse-drawn . . . — — Map (db m149476) HM|
By the 1890s the Rock Creek Railway Company's new electric streetcars made it easy to commute across town. The "country" settlements of this area became "suburban." One streetcar line followed 18th to Calvert Street, passed here, and then . . . — — Map (db m130701) HM|
Painted in 1977, A People Without Murals Is A Demuralized People is the oldest and only mural remaining in Adams Morgan created by a group of Latino immigrant artists. It was brought back to life in 2005 by Sol & Soul, a D.C. . . . — — Map (db m112851) HM|
Three dramatic religious structures dominate this corner. They are among some 40 religious institutions lining 16th Street between the White House and the Maryland state line.
Many serve as unofficial “embassies” representing . . . — — Map (db m152206) HM|
|In 2013, Howard University archaeologists, working with concerned citizens, completed a seven-year survey of Walter C. Pierce Community Park. Their goal: to identify and protect two 19th Century cemeteries--the Colored Union Benevolent . . . — — Map (db m112588) HM|
| 'Everyone saw in this music, as in the clouds, something different for himself' — Fιlicien Mallefille
Chopin created the genre of the piano ballade. Before Chopin, the name ballad referred in music not to works for solo piano, but to . . . — — Map (db m150239) HM|
|Across the street you can see the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center. It opened in 1977 on the former sites of Morgan Community School and Happy Hollow Playground.
Both the Adams and Morgan elementary schools became "community schools" . . . — — Map (db m130703) HM|
|Calvin T.S. Brent (1854-1899), believed to be Washington's first African American architect, lived here briefly in the early 1890s. (His other residences have been demolished.) Brent began practicing in 1875 and after a two-year apprenticeship and . . . — — Map (db m129528) HM|
|You are standing in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Spanish Baroque style mansion is all that remains of what was once a duplex, or double, embassy building designed by George Oakley Totten for Mary Foote Henderson's . . . — — Map (db m82711) HM|
|You are now standing in front of the longest-serving embassy building among Washington DC's more than 180 diplomatic missions: the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Renowned architect George Oakley Totten designed the building for Mary Foote . . . — — Map (db m83344) HM|
'His etudes for piano are masterpieces'
— Hector Berlioz
Chopin's twenty-four Etudes contained in opuses 10 and 25, gathered into cohesively composed cycles of twelve pieces, and the Trois nouvelles ιtudes constitute a new . . . — — Map (db m150236) HM|
| 'The airy mood of a moment assumes a shape and form – although it becomes a trifle, it conceals the most delicate feelings in such cheerful, playful attire'
— Ferdinand Hiller on the Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 29 . . . — — Map (db m150248) HM|
Cuba — — Map (db m150252) HM|
|Banker Archibald McLachlen and Smithsonian Institution naturalist George Brown Goode developed Lanier Heights in the early 1890s. Goode laid out streets and encouraged Smithsonian colleagues to purchase lots. McLachlan built the elegant Ontario . . . — — Map (db m130704) HM|
|During the Civil War (1861-1865), the Union Army Carver Hospital and barracks occupied Meridian Hill. The facilities attracted African American freedom seekers looking for protection and employment. By wars end, a Black community had put down . . . — — Map (db m130705) HM|
|Since 1924 this mansion has housed representatives of the Republic of Lithuania, even during the 50 years when the country was occupied by the Soviet Union.
In the late 1700s, the Russian Empire annexed Lithuania's territory, ending the . . . — — Map (db m82751) HM|
| 'Remarkable details reside in his mazurkas, and he also found a way to render them doubly interesting, performing them without a supreme degree of softness, in a superlative piano, barely feathering the strings with the hammers'
— . . . — — Map (db m150241) HM|
|Long before Europeans arrived, Meridian Hill was a sacred place for Native Americans. As recently as 1992, a delegation of Native Americans walked across the continent to this park to mourn the 500th anniversary of Columbuss arrival. They were . . . — — Map (db m130706) HM|
As you look up the hill, you can see Peter C. LEnfants 1791 plan for Washington ended up here in front of you at Boundary Avenue, now Florida Avenue. Back then, when people walked or rode in horse-drawn vehicles, it was hard to climb this . . . — — Map (db m130707) HM|
| 'unlike anything else in their overall character, backfilled by the name of the works, nocturne, not admitting of tones in any colours other than dreamy, dark.' — Gottfried Wilhelm Fink
The nocturn is a genre often identified with . . . — — Map (db m150246) HM|
2440 Sixteenth Street, NW
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior — — Map (db m132726) HM|
|When Poland declared its independence in 1918 after 123 years or foreign partition, the first prime minister of independent Poland — Ignacy Jan Paderewski — sent Prince Kazimierz Lubomirski to Washington as the country's first . . . — — Map (db m82636) HM|
'They enclose the noblest traditional sentiments of Old Poland. [
] They mainly contain a combative element, but the courage and valour are tinged with serenity – a characteristic property of this knightly nation' — Ferenc Liszt . . . — — Map (db m150240) HM|
| 'If Chopin had composed nothing but the preludes, he would still deserve immortality' — Anton Rubinstein
Copin completed his 24 Preludes, Op. 28 in the years 1838-1839, but the ideas probably date back to earlier years, possibly even . . . — — Map (db m150244) HM|
|On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan marked the 100th visit to Washington Hilton by a sitting U.S. President. Reagan had been invited to speak in the International Ballroom at a meeting of the North America's Building Trades Unions. Upon . . . — — Map (db m93218) HM|
This hill, with its sweeping views of Washington and the Potomac, has tantalized visionaries since the 1800s. But few of their plans have been built. In 1873 businessman and city commissioner Thomas P. Morgan (whose name survives as part of . . . — — Map (db m93415) HM|
| 'How should gravity array itself when jest is already darkly robed?'
— Robert Schumann
In the tradition of the genre, the scherzo, which in Italian means 'joke', altered in terms of forms and function, although it retained its . . . — — Map (db m150238) HM|
| Furs by Gartenhaus and truffles by Avignon Freres. Hand-crafted ice cream from Budd's. Beginning in the 1910s, such neighborhood favorites occupied the commercial buildings to your right developed by Sanner and Barr. These fashionable shops . . . — — Map (db m130708) HM|
"I knew him when he was drafted for the war, and I knew him when he came back ... He had a soldier's clothes on when he came back, with a gun, canteen, knap sack and blanket."-- Lloyd Mudd, testifying to U.S. Pension officials about Enoch . . . — — Map (db m112866) HM|
| 'Music it is not' — Robert Schumann on the finale of the Sonata in B flat minor
Chopin composed four sonatas over the course of twenty years. They differ in both musical language and forces (the first three are for solo piano, while . . . — — Map (db m150243) HM|
'Now the little songster,
Lost to vision mortal,
Earth's lament unending
Bears to Heav'n's bright portal'
— Stefan Witwicki, except from the song 'Wiosna' ('Spring')
Chopin invested his nineteen extant songs for voice and . . . — — Map (db m150249) HM|
Named in honor of
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Composer - Performer - Playwright
International Statesman of Goodwill — — Map (db m67913) HM|
| The lively scene around you began with an arts movement in the 1950s. Musicians, dancers, and artists found centrally located 18th Street attractive as declining rents made it affordable.
Early on, jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd brought fame . . . — — Map (db m152207) HM|
is a designated D.C. Landmark
and is placed on the
National Register of
U.S. Department of the Interior
Built -- 1916
Restored -- 1981 — — Map (db m135080) HM|
This is the heart of Washingtons Latino community. Once centered here and in nearby Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights, the community now extends throughout the region.
As early as the 1910s, the Mexican, Ecuadoran, Cuban, and Spanish . . . — — Map (db m130709) HM|
This building was the site of Washington's Ontario Theatre, a local cinema that played a notable part in the area's history. Accomplished theater architect John J. Zink, best known for designing the art deco Uptown Theater in . . . — — Map (db m114770) HM|
|In 1947, the building on your left opened as the National Arena, a public roller rink and bowling alley. It also hosted professional wrestling, roller derbies, and rock concerts. In 1986 it became the Citadel Motion Picture Center, where . . . — — Map (db m130710) HM|
|Before there was "Adams Morgan," this crossroads lent the neighborhood its name: "18th and Columbia." Here you could catch a streetcar to just about anywhere and buy nearly anything.
But back in 1922, 18th and Columbia witnessed a tragedy. . . . — — Map (db m130711) HM|
|The charming Victorian rowhouses you see along 18th Street are an Adams Morgan signature. But they were nearly lost in the 1960s in the name of progress.
During World War II, thousands flooded Washington to work for the government, . . . — — Map (db m130712) HM|
|The Rock Creek Valley, once home to Native Americans, had attracted European settlers by 1703. Before he became president in 1825, John Quincy Adams purchased Adams Mills on Rock Creek from his cousin. The mills, just down the hill, processed . . . — — Map (db m130713) HM|
| 'Aristocratic from the first note to the last' — Robert Schumann
Only eight Chopin waltzes were intended by the composer for publication. They include both striking concert waltzes of the brillant type and also sentimental . . . — — Map (db m150242) HM|
| 'Among his new works is to be a Concerto in F minor, worthy of standing alongside works by the foremost musicians of Europe' — Eugeniusz Koźmian
All of Chopin's works with orchestra represented a sort of portfolio accompanying . . . — — Map (db m150251) HM|
|Episcopalians first gathered here to worship in 1874, when St. Alban's Church, located on Wisconsin Avenue and Massachusetts, started a mission for the area. In good weather, services took place under a majestic oak tree on land donated by . . . — — Map (db m130927) HM|
|Beyond Ward Circle to your left is the campus of American University, chartered by
Congress in 1893. Methodist Bishop John Fletcher Hurst guided the universitys development as a center for training future public servants. With its schools in . . . — — Map (db m130932) HM|
|Suburban shopping arrived in Tenleytown when Sears, Roebuck & Co. erected a Moderne style store here in 1941. The sleek faηade demonstrated the latest in department store design.
Sears was the second Tenleytown business — after Giant . . . — — Map (db m130918) HM|
|One of the oldest churches in Tenleytown is the Eldbrooke United Methodist Church located on River Road. This church was founded in 1840 as the Mount Zion Methodist Church. Some of Tenleytown's earliest inhabitants are buried in The Methodist . . . — — Map (db m112176) HM|
|In the 1700s and 1800s Tenleytown's origin as a crossroad generated numerous commercial activities, such as tobacco trade, farms, dairies, and slaughterhouses, along with the "Tennallytown" Tavern. Murdock Mill Road led from Tenleytown to an early . . . — — Map (db m112178) HM|
|As an early country village, Tenleytown inhabitants held occupations such as farmers, millers, tavern owners and shopkeepers. Since horses provided the primary method of transportation until the early 1900s, blacksmithing was a popular occupation in . . . — — Map (db m112179) HM|
|From 1927 until the late 1950s, the landscaped grounds across the street were the Hillcrest Childrens Center. It was founded downtown in 1814 as the Washington City Orphan Asylum by Marcia Burnes Van Ness and President Madisons wife Dolley. . . . — — Map (db m130930) HM|
|Civil War Defenses of Washington 1861-1865. No visible evidence remains of Fort Bayard, which stood at the top of this hill. Named for Brig. Gen. George Bayard, mortally wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. — — Map (db m124) HM|
|Son of Massachusetts Graduate of Harvard College Judge and legislator Delegate 1780–1781 to the Continental Congress Soldier of three wars First commander of patriot forces. — — Map (db m48362) HM|
|“Tenley Tower,” behind you, dates from the mid-1940s. Western Union Telegraph Co. built it as part of an experimental system using microwaves to transmit telegrams in the mid-Atlantic region. This new technology helped erase . . . — — Map (db m130925) HM|
When NBC radio and television and its local affiliate,
WRC, moved to these new headquarters in 1958, the average TV screen measured 12 inches. The facility opened with six studios—three TV and three radio. Soon history happened here.
. . . — — Map (db m47866) HM|
Luis Alves de Lima e Silva
Duke of Caxias
Marshal, hero and patron of the
undefeated Brazilian Army. — — Map (db m129203) WM|
|In the 1930s city engineers created Tenley Circle where commuters heading
cross-town or downtown changed streetcars. Across the street and to the left of Tenley Circle, a surviving strip of historic Grant Road meets Wisconsin Avenue. In the . . . — — Map (db m130929) HM|
|You are standing on the west side of Mt. Airy, a subdivision spanning Wisconsin Avenue laid out in the late 1890s. Mt. Airy evolved into a dense, working-class neighborhood, where policemen and dairymen lived in modest houses.
Among them . . . — — Map (db m130926) HM|
Established on the foundation of
The Church of the Covenant
The First Presbyterian Church
The Church of the Covenant
was organized in 1883 and
since 1885 has worshipped in
The First Presbyterian . . . — — Map (db m130036) HM|
|The brick building across the street opened in 1928 as the Convent of Bon Secours (literally, “good help”). The convents sisters had arrived in Baltimore from France in 1881. In Baltimore they quietly nursed both wealthy and needy . . . — — Map (db m130928) HM|
|The U.S. Navy arrived across the street at 3801 Nebraska
Avenue during World War II, taking the Colonial style red-brick campus of Mount Vernon Seminary for secret “essential wartime activities.” Soon more than 5,000 workers . . . — — Map (db m130931) HM|
To the Glory of God
in loving memory
of the men of the
Church of the Covenant
who gave their lives
in the Great War
William Strong Jr
Lieutenant January 1915 Expeditionary Force
Enlisted at Toronto Gassed at . . . — — Map (db m130035) WM|
In reverent memory
Alan Ogilvie Clephane
Elias Quereau Horton
Guy Wilkinson Stuart Castle
who willingly gave their lives
for their country in
the World War
This memorial is erected by
The Society of Colonial Wars . . . — — Map (db m130125) WM|
In honored memory
of the men
of this congregation
who gave their lives
for their country
in the War 1941 - 1945
Samuel Kendall Angus, U.S.A.
Charles Stone Borden, A.A.F.
David Rumbough Donaldson, U.S.A.
William B. Drysdale, . . . — — Map (db m130124) WM|
|Follow Good Hope Road under the highway to your left to reach Anacostia Park, a longtime neighborhood oasis.
In 1914, after years of citizen requests, Congress directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "improve" the Anacostia River by . . . — — Map (db m130717) HM|
|Late On The Night Of April 14, 1865, a guard at the other end of the Navy Yard Bridge allowed a young man on horseback to cross, despite a wartime curfew. Unbeknownst to the guard, the rider, John Wilkes Booth, had just shot President Abraham . . . — — Map (db m100715) HM|
|Across the street is the former 11th Precinct Police Station. In 1993 it became the Max Robinson Center for Health and Living, providing services for people with HIV/AIDS.
Whether by design or by accident, in 1910 the city built . . . — — Map (db m100763) HM|
Earthworks of Fort Stanton are visible in the wooded area 200 yards in front of you.
Diagram: Fort Stanton from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drawing.
Fort Stanton was named for Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, was the first fort . . . — — Map (db m46623) HM|
|Also known as Cedar Hill, this site encompasses the estate owned by Frederick Douglass from 1877 until his death in 1895. In honor of Douglass work as an author, orator, abolitionist, statesman, and civil rights leader, this site is designated a . . . — — Map (db m40846) HM|
|Where do you go when you do not want to be disturbed? Frederick Douglass came to this tiny stone cabin that he called the Growlery. Coined by Charles Dickens, the word "Growlery" literally means a place to growl.
Douglass kept his Growlery . . . — — Map (db m130979) HM|
|Across This Intersection is St. Teresa of Avila, the first Catholic Church east of the Anacostia River. It is called the “mother church” because many area congregations are its offshoots.
As Uniontown grew, so did its Catholic . . . — — Map (db m130719) HM|
|Across the intersection to your left is Rose's Row, three one-family and three two-family houses built in 1890 by local saloon-keeper William H. Rose. Rose's son Daniel designed them in the popular Italianate style and carefully crafted a . . . — — Map (db m130720) HM|
|This community landmark represents the Curtis Companies long standing allegience to the neighborhood and steadfast committment to unity, prosperity and good will to all Washingtonians and friends of Anacostia.
John . . . — — Map (db m5446) HM|
|This Anacostia icon once marked the entrance to Curtis Brothers Furniture Co. The business dated to 1926, when young Fred
and George Curtis acquired a Model T Ford truck to deliver ice, then progressed to moving furniture. They soon rented a . . . — — Map (db m100690) HM|
|Here stood Frederick Douglass rustic retreat from domestic society, where he could think, read and write undisturbed. Evoking the image of a lions lair, he called his hideaway the Growlery. It was simply furnished with a lounge, a high desk and a . . . — — Map (db m5362) HM|
|This imposing property once belonged to Anacostias most famous resident: Frederick Douglass. After escaping slavery as a young man, Douglass rose to become a distinguished abolitionist, writer, publisher, and orator. By the 1860s Douglass was . . . — — Map (db m88723) HM|
for their outstanding leadership
and service to the public
Basset Furniture Industries.
The chair made of solid Honduras mahogany
is 19½ feet tall and weighs 4600 pounds.
Designer: . . . — — Map (db m5459) HM|
The Spirit of
7-2-08 to 1-24-98
I still believe firmly that the right will win out.
Justice for all people, regardless of race, creed or color.
The long-time NAACP lawyer who argued successfully in . . . — — Map (db m88468) HM|
|The arrival of modern transportation after the Civil War transformed Anacostia. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opened a branch line along the river here in 1874, brining industry. Two years later businessman and developer Henry Griswold launched . . . — — Map (db m130721) HM|
|Today's Anacostia Historic District began in 1854 as Uniontown, Washington's first planned suburb. The Union Land Association saw the large Navy Yard
workforce across the Anacostia River as potential customers for building lots they carved out . . . — — Map (db m95972) HM|
|The Washington Navy Yard is the oldest establishment of the U.S. Navy. It was the scene of many scientific developments including a ship model testing basin that evaluated the effect of water on new hull designs. The first shipboard aircraft . . . — — Map (db m141714) HM|
|Over the past 400 years, the Anacostia watershed has changed from a lush, diverse ecosystem to one shaped by trade, agriculture and a rapidly expanding population. In the 1700s, forests were cleared to make way for crop cultivation, which caused . . . — — Map (db m141634) HM|
|The "Freedmen's Bureau" acquired 375 acres of land that was originally a tobacco plantation from the Barry Family in the late 1800's. In 1867, the land was named Hillsdale by African Americans who came to Washington in great numbers before and . . . — — Map (db m141635) HM|
|The Nacotchtank were American Indians who lived in the area now known as Washington, D.C. Also called the Necostins, their principle village was located on the eastern bank of a small river that still bears an anglicized version of their name . . . — — Map (db m141633) HM|
|According to Dioscorides, the root was good for treating ruptures and convulsions. It was also used as a diuretic. — — Map (db m144670) HM|
|Yarrow was one of the first herbs brought to America by the colonists. Its leaves were used to stop the flow of blood on cuts and bruises and to deaden the pain. — — Map (db m144642) HM|
|The Penobscot tribe of Maine believed this plant to have protective powers; they chewed a piece of the aromatic root to ward off disease when traveling or used steam from the root to prevent illness. — — Map (db m144624) HM|
|Although used to flavor food, dill was also eaten to help calm upset stomachs and indigestion, especially in children. Seeds were used in pickling and to flavor vinegar. — — Map (db m144643) HM|
|Native Americans used the stalk for fiber in the same way Europeans used their hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Indian Hemp is superior, however, because it is stronger and lasts longer.
This herb is poisonous. — — Map (db m144567) HM|
|Artemisia abrotanum hung in courtrooms was thought to stop the spread of disease. It was also used in kitchens to keep bad odors away. Pennsylvania Germans used southernwood in their pantries to repel ants. — — Map (db m145047) HM|
|This plant was spread across floors and put in between clothes in dressers to repel insects and moths. The plant was thought to prevent disease, as well as expel worms. — — Map (db m144556) HM|
|The juice, mixed with oil, stopped earaches and destroyed nasal polyps. It was also used to treat certain cancers and abortion. Drunk with wine, it was an aphrodisiac. The plant is injurious. — — Map (db m144661) HM|
|The Chippewa used this herb to season food and chewed the root to relieve indigestion. The Iroquois used the roots to preserve meats. — — Map (db m144574) HM|
|This plant was one of the most important medicines of the Menomini. The pulverized root was used for cuts and wounds, and was mixed with other roots for additional cures.
This herb is potentially toxic if taken internally. — — Map (db m144617) HM|
|Dioscorides reported that the leaves were applied with salt to dog bites, with honey to clean ulcers, and that the ashes of the leaves repressed venereal warts. — — Map (db m144666) HM|
|The Cherokee used the leaves and woody stem to make a blue die. The Mohegan bathed their cuts and wounds with an infusion of the plant. This entire herb is toxic. — — Map (db m144568) HM|
|Brought to America by the first colonists, pot marigolds were used to flavor and color stews and cheeses. The Plymouth colony also used the flowers to dye cloth. — — Map (db m144640) HM|
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