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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Adams Morgan
By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
"Suburban" Development Marker
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|