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

The three-story tower addition, which dominates the facade, was built in 1889. Other additions include a two-story brick extension off the west end and a one-story front porch. The house was originally built in the Federal style popular from…

Capitol Hill Historic District

This area, one of the oldest residential communities in Washington, has grown from a small, boarding house community for members of Congress to an area of more than 150 squares embracing a number of separate neighborhoods. One of the oldest and most…

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…

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)

The structure is bounded by North Carolina Avenue on the north, 7th Street on the east and C Street on the south. The original brick masonry structure was completed in 1873; an addition extending the building to the north was completed in 1908. A…