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Downtown, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
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By M. A. Pimentel, April 11, 2008
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "Surratt Boarding House"
. . . — Map (db m7046) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The Bachelor" — circa 1904
Wood, Donn & Deming, Architects 1737 H Street N.W. Nearby marker: This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m96429) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The First of Patriots - The Best of Men"
Commodore John Barry (1745-1803) was born in County Wexford, Ireland, but by age 15 called Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. He commanded several Continental Navy ships during the Revolutionary War and won decisive victories over the British. In . . . — Map (db m55504) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!”
With these legendary words, naval officer David G. Farragut led the Union fleet past Confederate mines (then called torpedoes) and to victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. From the rigging of his flagship, USS Hartford, . . . — Map (db m4104) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 1317 F Street, N.W.
1317 F Street, N.W. Built c. 1887 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m130367) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — A Fortress of Finance — The US Treasury Building
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972, the US Treasury Building is the oldest departmental building in Washington. The building serves as the headquarters of the Treasury Department. Treasury's responsibilities encompass revenue collection, . . . — Map (db m100443) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln died in this house April 15, 1865 at 7:22 a.m. Purchased by the United States in 1896. — Map (db m28502) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Albert Gallatin
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Graham Bell
From the top floor of this building was sent on June 3, 1880 over a beam of light to 1325 L Street, the first wireless telephone message in the history of the world. The apparatus used in sending the message was the photophone invented by Alexander . . . — Map (db m17569) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Hamilton Memorial
[ on the front (south face) of pedestal :] Alexander Hamilton 1757-1804 First Secretary of the Treasury Soldier, Orator, Statesman Champion of Constitutional Union, Representative Government and National Integrity . . . — Map (db m32740) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Robey Shepherd
Governor, Territory of the District of Columbia (1873-1874) born Washington, D.C. January 31, 1835 died Batopilas, Mexico, September 12, 1902 buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Civil War Union veteran, entrepreneur, civil leader . . . — Map (db m65158) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.3 — Asbury United Methodist Church — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
"...watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen... ...teach them to your children and to their children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:9 Stories . . . — Map (db m70316) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Ashburton House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Ballington and Maud Booth — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
Founded Volunteers of America in 1896 with the mission to reach and uplift all people. The Booths envisioned a movement that would care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Their vision lives on in a national organization that . . . — Map (db m92086) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Baron von Steuben Memorial — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District
[north face :] Erected by the Congress of the United States to Frederick William Aug- ustus Henry Ferdinand Baron von Steuben in grateful recognition of his services to the American people in their struggle for . . . — Map (db m32878) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Bill W. and Dr. Bob — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
United in their search for sobriety, Dr. Bob and Bill W. established Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. This fellowship allows men and women to share with one another their experience, strength and hope in order to carry the message of recovery to . . . — Map (db m92065) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Blanche K. Bruce House
. . . — Map (db m99178) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
As an influential African-American, living in a time of escalating segregation, Booker T. Washington negotiated a course between accommodation and progress in advocating greater civil rights for blacks. His philosophy of “request” not . . . — Map (db m92066) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski — 1748 - 1779
(Bronze Plaque):Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski 1748-1779The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary War hero in the uniform of a Polish cavalry commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on March . . . — Map (db m17615) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
700 Jackson Place has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America National Park Service 1974 From 1910 to 1948 it served as the first . . . — Map (db m32879) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 16 — Cesar Chavez — 1927 - 1993
Led by his desire to secure a better quality of life for migrant farm workers, Cesar Chavez helped found the United Farm Workers of America, the first effective farm workers' union in the United States. Under his leadership of nonviolent protest, . . . — Map (db m15471) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, D.C. — 17th and M Streets, NW
This school, completed in 1872, was one of three public elementary schools built for DC's black children just after the Civil War. Its name honors U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who fought to abolish slavery here, pay black soldiers . . . — Map (db m8184) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Children's Hospital
Here stood the first Children's Hospital of Washington, DC. Opened as a rented rowhouse in 1871, the hospital had a capacity of 12 beds and had only four doctors on staff. Now internationally recognized, Children's National Medical Center is proud . . . — Map (db m59703) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Clara Barton 1821 - 1912 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
Clara Barton lived a lifetime of tireless service to others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” delivering supplies and caring for the sick and wounded. After the war, Barton organized a . . . — Map (db m92177) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Clifford W. Beers 1876 - 1943 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
Founded the National Mental Health Association in 1909 to improve mental health care and fight discrimination against people with mental illness. To instigate this reform, Beers courageously shared his own experience with mental illness in his . . . — Map (db m92194) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Cristoforo Colombo — [Holy Rosary Church]
This monument, erected on the occasion of the 1992 Quincentennial Jubilee celebrating the discovery of America, pays tribute to Cristoforo Colombo and his seafaring companions. Their bold voyage led to a historic encounter between the European . . . — Map (db m80469) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Daniel Patrick Moynihan Place — Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture and the proposal for the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue, which President John F. Kennedy proclaimed on May 23, 1962. He served in the . . . — Map (db m49586) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Decatur House
Decatur House Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United . . . — Map (db m31101) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Discover DC / McPherson Square
Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see. You will enjoy visiting the following sites located in the vicinity of this sign. St. John's Church Every US president since James Madison has . . . — Map (db m112204) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Discover DC / Metro Center
Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see. You will enjoy visiting the following sites located in the vicinity of this sign. Clockwise from top left: St. John's Church Every US . . . — Map (db m113345) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Discover DC / Metro Center
Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see. You will enjoy visiting the following sites in the vicinity of this sign. [Clockwise from top left:] Old Post Office Pavilion The Old . . . — Map (db m114658) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Downtown Washington, 1801
This painting is based on the little-known 1801 watercolor "President House" by J. Benford, part of The White House art collection. Some art historians claim the large building on the right is not the White House, but Blodgett's Hotel, which . . . — Map (db m120236) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building
First known as the State, War, and Navy Department Building (built 1871-1888), the Eisenhower Executive Office Building was rededicated in 2002 to honor former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who worked here between 1927 and 1935 for Generals . . . — Map (db m100415) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Edward R. Murrow
This park dedicated April 25, 1979 to Edward R. Murrow 1908-1965 Reporter and Broadcaster Director, U.S. Information Agency 1961-1963 Who gave his profession a standard of excellence and whose clarity, humanity and courage helped his country . . . — Map (db m96444) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines — in Washington D.C., United States of America
This building, originally constructed on 05 January 1917, was acquired by the Commonwealth of the Philippines on 13 October 1941 and became the Office of the Resident Commissioner. Following Philippine independence in 1946, the building became . . . — Map (db m129558) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Executive Office Building
Originally State, War, and Navy Departments Constructed 1871-1888 South Wing Ground broken June 1871 Completed December 1875 East Wing Ground broken July 1872 Completed April 1879 North Wing Ground broken July 1879 Completed December 1882 West . . . — Map (db m71253) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — First Home of the Reserve Officers Association
From 1924 to 1938, rooms of the Lee House were the first headquarters of the reserve officers association of the United States. Founded in 1922 by General of the Armies John J. Pershing to assure an adequate national security, ROA had as an early . . . — Map (db m4052) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Fleeing the Executive Mansion — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
On August 24, 1814, President James Madison rode out to Bladensburg, Maryland, to observe the state of the American troops defending the nation's capital. U.S. General William Winder, now sure of the direction of the British approach, marched . . . — Map (db m87590) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Francis Preston Blair
This plaque marks the home of Francis Preston Blair (1791-1876) Founder and Editor of The Globe (1830-1845) A newspaper which championed Democratic causes and vigorous journalism notably during the administration of President Andrew Jackson . . . — Map (db m4047) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.2 — Franklin Square — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
"going into the country" This urban oasis exists because President Andrew Jackson needed water. The site of excellent springs (a rare commodity in the early city when everyone was dependent on private wells), this square was purchased . . . — Map (db m29594) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Freedman’s Savings And Trust
On this site stood the principal office of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company founded on March 3, 1865 to receive deposits from former slaves. Frederick Douglass served as its last president. The bank was closed on June 29, 1874. The building . . . — Map (db m32482) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — General Comte Jean de Rochambeau Memorial — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District
[front, south face:] Rochambeau [back, north face:] "We have been contemporaries and fellow labourers in the cause of liberty, and we have lived together as brothers should do, in harmonious friendship," . . . — Map (db m32973) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — General Lafayette and his Compatriots — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District
[north face:] To General Lafayette and his Compatriots 1777 - 1783 [south face:] By the Congress in commemoration of the services rendered by General Lafayette and his Compatriots during the struggle . . . — Map (db m32245) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 326 — Historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
This church, one of the Nation’s most historic, traces its beginnings to a small group of Scottish stonemasons meeting in a carpenter’s shop on the grounds of the White House during its construction in 1793. Many prominent Americans, including 17 . . . — Map (db m122257) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Home of James Monroe
Built in 1802 This house was the home of James Monroe Lieutenant-Colonel in the American Revolution While Secretary of State and of War under Madison, and for the first six months of his administration as fifth President of the United States, . . . — Map (db m97526) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 2 — HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulier) (based Oakland, CA) — Golden Spike 2015 — powder-coated steel, LED lighting, and wood; Courtesy of the artists
In their work, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, the artist duo behind the art and design studio HYBYCOZO, investigate the influences of geometry on human evolution. Their works explore the connections between contemporary physics and ancient . . . — Map (db m115904) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — In Honor of Leslie Coffelt
White House policeman who gave his life in defense of the President of the United States here at the Blair House, November 1, 1950 "For loyalty, bravery and heroism beyond the call of duty." Presented by National Sojourners in commemoration of his . . . — Map (db m73876) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 6 — Jack Champion (based Oakland, CA) — Untitled 2017 — bronze, Courtesy of the artist
In 2016, Jack Champion brought his first solo artwork to the playa at Burning Man: a group of five resin crows collectively called Murder. Champion later cast this pair of sturdier, oversized bronze birds in the image of the originals. . . . — Map (db m115595) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
When the historic character of Lafayette Square was severely threatened during her husband’s administration, it was preserved with the vision and dedicated efforts of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. This view from Decatur House is dedicated to . . . — Map (db m32135) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Jean Monnet — 1888-1979
Born in France, widely travelled, he died at age 90 near Paris, proud citizen of a united Europe he inspired and helped to create. Earlier, from his office in the Willard Hotel, he contributed greatly to America's victory program for wartime . . . — Map (db m6708) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — John Barry Memorial
John Barry, Commodore, United States Navy. Born County Wexford, Ireland, 1745; Died in Philadelphia, 1805. — Map (db m19533) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — John J. Donovan, Jr.
This Plaque is Dedicated to John J. Donovan, Jr. who was a leading figure in Washington, D.C. commercial real estate development for over three decades (mostly with Oliver Carr Companies) until his retirement in 2005. John directed the . . . — Map (db m40992) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — John J. Pershing, General of the Armies (1860-1948) — The Western Front - The Meuse-Argonne Campaign
[Panel 1]: On 6 April 1917, the United States entered World War I. With few regular forces, the task of training and transporting an effective army to fight in France was formidable. The U.S. Navy, acting swiftly to combat the German . . . — Map (db m29593) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — .6 — John Wilkes Booth's Escape — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
“My brother saw Booth as he came down the alley and turned into F Street.” Henry Davis, 1901. Twelve-year-old Henry Davis and his brother often looked out the back window of their Ninth Street . . . — Map (db m28492) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Julia Ward Howe
In honor of Julia Ward Howe who wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" here at the Old Willard Hotel November 21, 1861 "In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me." . . . — Map (db m6709) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 5 — Kate Raudenbusch (based New York, NY) — Future's Past 2010 — laser cut steel, light, and hourglass; Courtesy of the artist
Kate Raudenbush is a self-taught, Burning Man-bred sculptor, known for her large-scale, geometric works. Her immersive, experiential environments are spaces for exploration, human connection, and intellectual curiosity—even sacred—works . . . — Map (db m115594) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Kosciuszko
(Front):Kosciuszko Saratoga(Right): General Thaddeus Kosciuszko 1745-1817 Son of Poland (Left):Military Engineer In the American Revolution Fortified Saratoga and West Point (Back):"And freedom shrieked as Kosciuszko . . . — Map (db m19992) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 3 — Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schombert (based San Francisco, CA) — XOXO 2017 — steel & LEDs, Courtesy of the Artist
Kimpton is best known for her monumental word sculptures, which she has been bringing to Burning Man since 2009. Kimpton often covers these works with laser-cut birds, a motif she uses to represent freedom from the weight of our words and thoughts. . . . — Map (db m115581) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Linotype Model 31 — Line-Casting Machine
The Linotype was introduced in Baltimore in 1883 by Ottmar Mergenthaler, a German-born inventor. By replacing hand-set type with machine-set type, the speed of composition was vastly increased by this important advance in printing. This machine . . . — Map (db m29511) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Major General James B. McPherson
(Right):Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. Atlanta. July 22, 1864. (Left):Erected by his comrades of The Society of The Army of the Tennessee — Map (db m17534) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Marion Barry, Jr. — (1936 - 2014) — "Mayor for Life"
[Front:] Marion Barry, Jr. (1936 - 2014) "Mayor for Life" His fervor for justice, fairness, and equality led him to become a champion of the people. [Left of front:] Marion Barry, Jr., held elected . . . — Map (db m114749) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church — The National Cathedral of African Methodism
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was founded in the District of Columbia in 1838. It is the oldest A.M.E. church and the oldest continuously black-owned property in Washington, D.C. - the Nation's Capital. The church . . . — Map (db m18028) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
Was organized 1822, rebuilt in 1838 and completed in 1880. This site possess exceptional value in commemorating the Religious Life of the Negro in the United States of America. Designated a Category II Landmark by the Joint Committee on Landmarks . . . — Map (db m10191) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Metropolitan AME Church — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 1518 M Street, NW
This church started on Capitol Hill in 1821 as Israel Bethel, was founded by African Americans denouncing White racism at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. Later, Pastor Henry McNeal Turner helped persuade President Lincoln to accept Black . . . — Map (db m30056) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 1 — Mischell Riley (based in Carson City, NV) — Maya's Mind 2017 — cement
Mischell Riley brought Maya's Mind to Burning Man in 2017; this work followed a ten-foot-tall bust of Leonardo da Vinci that she created for the event in 2016. With their rugged finishes, Riley's works blend with the dusty surrounds of . . . — Map (db m115322) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Missing Soldiers
Missing Soldiers. Office, 3rd Floor, Room 9 Miss Clara Barton Clara Barton is famous for her fierce determination and courage to save lives on the Civil War battlefields, and later for founding the American Red Cross. 1861-1865: . . . — Map (db m36172) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Morrison-Clark Inn — [former Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen’s Club]
1864 David L. Morrison was a developer who sold flour and feed to the U.S. government during the Civil War. Reuben B. Clark made land investments, owned a grocery store, and served as Washington, D.C.’s jail commissioner. 1917 M. Frank . . . — Map (db m32827) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 4 — Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson (based in San Francisco, CA) — Ursa Major 2016 — pennies, steel, Styrofoam, and concrete; Collection of Judy and Steven Gluckstern
Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson met on a dance floor at Burning Man in 2008 and fell in love. Though she lived in Canada and he in the U.S., they began a long-distance romance and artistic collaboration, inspired by the DIY, can-do attitude fundamental to . . . — Map (db m115583) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — National Press Club
At this site, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in March 1908, the National Press Club, now located at 529 14th Street, was formed through the adoption of a constitution and bylaws and the election of the club's first officers. The . . . — Map (db m6586) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.4 — New York Avenue Presbyterian Church at Herald Square — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
"The churches are needed as never before for divine services." President Abraham Lincoln So said President Lincoln from his pew in New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. While other churches were occupied by . . . — Map (db m32926) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Nunziato DiPerna — 1891-1967
Immigrated from Sicily in 1900 Owned and Operated his restuarant at this location for 50 years His children proudly dedicate this plaque — Map (db m96301) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Original Adas Israel Synagogue
Dedicated 1876 - Restored 1975 Listed on the United States Register of Historic Places and an officially designated Landmark of the District of Columbia Maintained by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington as the . . . — Map (db m29797) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 3 — Power Brokers — Midcity at the Crossroads — Shaw Heritage Trail
A post-Civil War building boom brought grand new houses to this convenient area. By 1881 Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, and Major John Wesley Powell, pioneering director of the U.S. . . . — Map (db m130887) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Renaissance Mayflower Hotel — National Register of Historic Places
This hotel opened February 18, 1925. Its first major event was the inaugural ball of President Calvin Coolidge. It has entertained every president since and has been the residence of a number of vice presidents, cabinet members, supreme court . . . — Map (db m8955) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Renwick Gallery — Registered National Historic Landmark
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Reserve Officers Association of the United States
At this site on the 2nd of October 1922 General of the Armies John J. Pershing met with 140 World War I reserve officers and founded the Reserve Officers Association of the United States. At the meeting General Pershing said: "I consider this . . . — Map (db m6503) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Restoration of Jackson Place and Lafayette Square — White House Conference Center
[Sketch of townhouses along Jackson Place, NW - the western border of Lafayette Square - behind which the White House Conference Center was constructed in the 1960s & 70s.] Dedicated to those whose spirit and vision helped to preserve . . . — Map (db m32421) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Saint Aloysius Church
Saint Aloysius Church 1859 Washington, D.C. 1959 Under direction of the Society of Jesus Dedicated October 16, 1859 Oldest church edifice within limits of original Federal City A. M. D. C. presented to the pastor Rev. . . . — Map (db m129062) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Saint Augustine Catholic Church — Oldest Black Catholic Church in the Nation's Capital — The Site of the Original
On Trinity Sunday, June 11, 1876 the first Black Catholic Church in Washington District of Columbia was dedicated under the patronage of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Africa. Saint Augustine Church stood on this site until 1947. The present . . . — Map (db m29509) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Site of Chamberlin's
The Site of Chamberlin's Where The General Society Sons of the Revolution was organized April 19, 1890 — Map (db m17531) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Site of Rhodes Tavern
[First Panel]: Built in 1799, in the hope that the new capital would become a great city. Opened as a tavern and inn by William Rhodes, 1801. Washington's first 'town hall,' where White House architect James Hoban and other . . . — Map (db m39618) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — South Side — President's Park
1. First Division Monument This memorial honors the First Division of the United States Army Originally made to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives during World War I, the memorial features a . . . — Map (db m130406) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — St. John's Church — Lafayette Square — Protestant Episcopal
Every President of the United States since President James Madison has attended occasional services here. Many of them were communicants of the parish. This building was completed in 1816 from plans of Benjamin Henry Latrobe. an adjacent . . . — Map (db m39126) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — St. Patrick's Parish — Erected about 1792
First church to be erected in the "Federal City" outside the limits of "George Towne." First pastor, Rev. Anthony Caffrey, brought from Dublin at suggestion of James Hoban, architect of the "Presidential Palace." March 17, 1953. — Map (db m15936) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — State, War, and Navy Building
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . — Map (db m71233) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Statler Hotel
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places As part of the 16th Street Historic District, opened as the Statler Hotel on January 18, 1943. It is one of the few major hotels in the nation built during . . . — Map (db m112202) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Bald Eagle
The Bald Eagle presented by the National Wildlife Federation and American Communications Network in commemoration of the Bicentennial of our Nation's Symbol 1782 - 1982 [Artist's statement on the . . . — Map (db m115344) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration
The Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration Dedicated in honor of Mr. Baruch's 90th Birthday -- August 1960 For his inspiring devotion to country and distinguished service to boyhood by both the National Capitol Area Council and the . . . — Map (db m72951) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Blair House
National Historical Marker The Blair House Purchased in 1836 by Francis P. Blair, Sr., friend of Andrew Jackson, publisher of the Washington "Globe" and the "Congressional Globe." Inherited by his son, Montgomery Blair, Attorney for Dred Scott, . . . — Map (db m23493) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Blair House — Erected 1824
1836 home of Francis Preston Blair Editor of Globe Also of Montgomery Blair Attorney for Dred Scott Postmaster General in the Cabinet of Abraham Lincoln Occupied by George Bancroft, Historian General Robert E. Lee was . . . — Map (db m113099) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Budapest Lad (Pesti Srac) Statue
The Budapest Lad (Pesti Srac) statue was erected on October 16, 2016, in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The Embassy of Hungary gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the . . . — Map (db m122532) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Christian Index
America's oldest existing religious newspaper was first published on this city block at 925 E Street on February 2, 1822. Founded by the legendary Baptist leader Luther Rice, the paper was originally known as The Columbian Star and utilized . . . — Map (db m28559) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes
has been designated A National Landmark listed in The National Register of Historic Places under the provisions of the Historic Act of August 1, 1935. This site possesses historic architectural significance. National Park Service The United States . . . — Map (db m99179) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Corcoran Gallery of Art
This building was erected in 1859 for The Corcoran Gallery of Art founded by William Wilson Corcoran banker and philanthropist Designated for use of the United States Court of Claims by Act of Congress. Approved March 3, . . . — Map (db m113101) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Cosmos Club
The Cosmos Club, founded in 1878 for “The advancement of its members in science, literature, and art,” occupied several houses on Lafayette Square from 1882 to 1952 including the adjacent Madison and Tayloe Houses and this building, . . . — Map (db m2173) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Dolly Madison House
Site of dwelling house owned by Ex-President of the United States James Madison 1828 to 1836 ———— Home of his widow Mrs. Dolly Payne Madison 1837 to 1849 ———— Home of Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, . . . — Map (db m2174) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Entrance Gardens
The entrance gardens created in 1988 are a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carroll Massey Nashville, Tennessee — Map (db m113100) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Inaugural Parade Tradition
This montage showing four presidential inaugural parades along 15th St., NW is based on artist Earl Minderman's 1980 visioning of President thomas Jefferson's inaugural parade as well as historic photos of the inauguration of Presidents Garfield, . . . — Map (db m91808) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The John A. Wilson Building
The John A. Wilson Building is headquarters of the local government that serves the nearly 600,000 citizens who call the Nation's capital their home. The Mayor and the 13-member Council, elected by residents of the District of Columbia, oversee all . . . — Map (db m65712) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Lee House
Erected 1858 Home of Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, U.S. Navy and Elizabeth Blair Lee, to whom it was given by her father, Francis Preston Blair. Admiral Lee commanded the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. Home also of . . . — Map (db m4050) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Leonard "Bud" Doggett House — Engine Company 16 and Truck Company 3, 1018 13th Street, N.W. — First Opened December 16, 1932
Dedicated in memory of the Founder of HEROES Incorporated, an organization created solely for the purpose of caring for survivors of fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the Metropolitan Washington Region. . . . — Map (db m121831) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Messer Building
The original Messer Building was developed by James A. Messer and occupied a portion of this site for over half a century until 1989. The Messer family, early Scottish immigrants who settled in the District of Columbia, have left their mark as . . . — Map (db m88823) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The National Christmas Tree — President's Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The National Christmas Tree has been located at the site in front of you since 1973. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to light the National Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve, 1923. Since that time presidents have continued the tradition in . . . — Map (db m130405) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Peace Convention
The old Willard Hotel was the scene of the last major effort to restore the Union and prevent the Civil War. At Virginia's invitation, delegates from twenty-one of the then thirty-four states met in secret session from February 4 to 27, 1861, in a . . . — Map (db m6541) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Restoration of 800 F Street
These five landmark buildings on the 800 block of F Street have been restored by Douglas Jamel in conjunction with the International Spy Museum. Erected between 1875 and 1892, the structures are fine examples of Victorian commercial architecture and . . . — Map (db m28540) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Tayloe House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The United States Court of Claims
The United States Court of Claims held its first meeting in "Willard's Hotel" on this site on May 11, 1855. The court was established to allow citizens to sue the U.S. Government. In 1861, President Lincoln wrote of the court: "It is as . . . — Map (db m6587) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.5 — The United States Treasury — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
Billions for the war, and a bunker for the president The grand, pillared United States Treasury building that stands before you, its first section designed by Robert Mills in 1836, was the financial command center for the Union. It . . . — Map (db m130407) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.5 — The United States Treasury — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
Billions for the war and a bunker for the president The grand, pillared United States Treasury building that stands before you was the financial command center for the Union during the Civil War. It was here between 1861 and 1865 . . . — Map (db m130491) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Washington Post
The Washington Post was published at this site for more than half a century, from October 1893 to December 1950–reporting then, as now, the events large and small that touch the lives of the citizens of the capital city, the nation and . . . — Map (db m127482) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The White House
The White House is the oldest public building in the District of Columbia, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most famous address in the United States. Here, every President except George Washington, has conducted the government of the Nation. . . . — Map (db m10127) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns
These five-inch brass trophy guns were captured from the Spanish Arsenal at Cavete [sic], in the Phillipine [sic] Islands on May 1, 1898, following the defeat of the Spanish Squadron in Manila Bay by the United States Navy. Admiral . . . — Map (db m71257) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — To the Memory of Oscar S. Straus — 1850 - Statesman, Author, Diplomat - 1926 — "Liberty" - "Reason"
This monument was erected by public subscription in accordance with the joint resolution of Congress of December 16, 1927. Signed by President Coolidge March 2, 1929, in memory of Oscar S. Straus 1850 - 1926 Author . . . — Map (db m9159) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — U. S. Post Office Department — Ariel Rios Federal Building — Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Inscription above the frieze, center, west side entablature: The Post Office Department, in its ceaseless labors, pervades every channel of commerce and every theatre of human enterprise, and while visiting, as it does kindly every . . . — Map (db m49587) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — U.S. Reservation 196 — L'Enfant Plan for the Federal City
"No nation perhaps had ever before the opportunity offer'd them of deliberately deciding on the spot where their Capital city should be fixed..." - Peter C. L'Enfant to George Washington, September 11, 1789 A new nation faced dissolution. . . . — Map (db m60127) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — United Mine Workers of America Building
Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America Associated with the American Labor Movement since the 1930's, this building served for over two . . . — Map (db m19990) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — United States Department of the Treasury
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . — Map (db m2122) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Victims of Communism Memorial, — National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
“These voices cry out to all, and they’re legion,” President George W. Bush, June 12, 2007" The Victims of Communism Memorial enshrines the more than 100 million men, women, and children struck down by 20th century totalitarian . . . — Map (db m36178) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Webster-Ashburton Treaty
Friendship between the United States and Canada was developed and strengthened by the signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, on August 9, 1842, in the old State Department building which stood on this site. This treaty established the north- . . . — Map (db m17617) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Western Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue — [Freedom Plaza]
Western Plaza consists of a large raised terrace in which part of L'Enfant's original 1791 plan for Washington, D.C. is rendered in black and white stone. At one end of the raised terrace is a pool. At the other is a shaded sitting area around a . . . — Map (db m17966) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — White House Ablaze — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
For Americans, August 24, 1814, was one of the darkest days of the War of 1812. After a victory at nearby Bladensburg, Maryland, British soldiers marched on Washington, destroying the U.S. Capitol and many other public buildings. . . . — Map (db m130366) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — White House Kitchen Garden
”. . . Now I shall plant, if at all, more for the public than for myself.” John Quincy Adams, diary entry for July 5, 1826, shortly before beginning the first major planting program at the White House. Massachusetts . . . — Map (db m61677) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.6 — Willard Inter-Continental Hotel — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
"This hotel, in fact, may be much more justly called the center of Washington and the Union than either the Capitol, the White House, or the State Department...." Nathaniel Hawthorne, Civil War reporter for the Atlantic . . . — Map (db m10905) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — William Howard Taft
In Memory of Our Beloved Brother William Howard Taft Founder of The University Club of Washington DC 27th President of the United States 10th Chief Justice of the United States Rededicated by the Grand Lodge of the Free And . . . — Map (db m129557) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — William Tecumseh Sherman — 1820 - 1891
"On no earthly account will I do any act or think any thought hostile to or in defiance of the old government of the United States." Alexandria, Louisiana, January 18, 1861 "Wars legitimate object is more perfect peace." Washington, D.C., February . . . — Map (db m8350) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Wormley's Hotel Site — African American Heritage Trail — 1500 H Street, Northwest
James Wormley (1819-1884), free-born like his parents, was one of a number of African Americans entrepreneurs with downtown hospitality and service businesses. His five-story Wormley's Hotel opened here in 1871, catering primarily to wealthy and . . . — Map (db m87577) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Zero Milestone — President's Park
[north face:] Zero Milestone [rendering of Mercury’s winged helmet] [plaque in sidewalk below:] The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey determined the latitude, longitude and elevation of the Zero Milestone. Authorized . . . — Map (db m32486) HM

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