Capitol Hill Historic District

Capitol Hill boasts the largest Historic District in Washington D.C. The neighborhood was first centered around a collection of boarding houses and today is a thriving community, full of diverse residents and architecture.

This tour follows the cultural and architectural changes that shaped Capitol Hill. The tour begins at The Maples, the oldest residence in the neighborhood, and an entry on the D.C. Preservation League's Most Endangered Places list. The tour then introduces a variety of architectural styles, including Federal and Queen Anne style. As the tour moves into the 20th century, Capitol Hill's varied residents take center stage. The Furies Collective building stands as a reminder of the lesbian separatist movement that gained adherents in the 1960s and 1970s. The tour ends at Eastern Market, a neighborhood gathering place still active today. The market's long history brings together the architectural beauty and cultural significance of the Capitol Hill Historic District.

The Maples (William Mayne Duncanson House; Friendship House)

The Maples, located at 619 D Street, SE (historic address was designated 630 South Carolina Avenue, SE) in Washington, D.C., stands as the oldest building in Capitol Hill. Also referred to as the Friendship House, this traditional Late Georgian…

Carbery House

Carbery House was built in 1803 as a two-story dwelling with Flemish brick bond. The three-story tower addition, which dominates the façade, was built in 1889. Other additions include a two-story brick extension off the west end and a one-story…

Capitol Hill Historic District

One of the oldest and most architecturally diverse communities in the city, Capitol Hill reflects the social diversity and economic growth of the early capital. There are approximately 8,000 primary contributing buildings dating from circa…

George Watterston House

Constructed sometime between 1802 and 1819 and designed by architects Nicholas King and Nicholas Hedges, the house is historically significant because of its association in the nineteenth century with one of the Federal City's most distinguished…

Mary L. Hill House

By the 1880s and 1890s, row house design on Capitol Hill exhibited the fashionable Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival styles, taking full advantage of the city’s Projection Act of 1871. Flat fronts gave way to projecting bays, towers, and porches…

Philadelphia Row

An early speculative venture from the post-war period is Philadelphia Row, a row of attached houses in the 100 block of ll th Street, S.E. These houses which have Federal period stylistic elements were built by Capitol Hill developer James Gessford…

The Furies Collective

The row house at 219 11th Street SE, historically home to the Furies Collective, is a two-story, early 20th-century brick dwelling located in the Capitol Hill Historic District. The house is one of a pair of dwellings in a block of other 19th and…

Eastern Market (and Interiors)

Eastern Market, typical of the commercial buildings of the 1870s, is a rectangular structure located in Southeast Washington bounded by North Carolina Avenue on the north, 7th Street on the east and C Street on the south. The original brick masonry…
Today, horses no longer deliver milk from local dairies, houses are no longer heated by coal, and street lamps are no longer lit by oil. Yet the streets of Capitol Hill still hearken to those of the 19th century. Rows of late 1800s brick houses line pedestrian-filled streets, Eastern Market offers food and crafts, and corner stores and cafes welcome visitors.