The Sixteenth Street corridor is one of the most important thoroughfares in the nation’s capital, and has a long history closely tied to the Executive Mansion (which serves as its southern terminus). Highlights include embassies, statues, prominent homes, and houses of worship for nearly every denomination. Metrobus routes on the S lines traverse this famous Sixteenth Street corridor.
The Sixteenth Street Historic District, which runs most of this route, includes 119 significant buildings. Built between 1875 and 1920, these buildings range from three-and four-story row houses to churches and apartments. They also include a number of institutional buildings such as The Carnegie Institution, the Women’s Congressional Club, and the impressive Temple of the Scottish Rite. The collection of buildings that exist within the historic district reflect the unique history associated with the development of Sixteenth Street as an area separate from the Dupont Circle neighborhood to the west and Shaw and Logan Circle to the east.
Mary Foote Henderson, wife of Missouri US Senator John Henderson, sought to develop Sixteenth Street as the diplomatic and ceremonial heart of DC; she commissioned architect George Oakley Totten Jr. to design and build a series of impressive embassy buildings to achieve her vision. While few remain today, Embassy Building No. 10 at 3149 Sixteenth Street still stands and is featured on this route.
This tour hopes to draw your attention to the hidden gems along your daily commute or your trip from one historic site to the next. Start at the historic site that’s closest to you! If you're traveling south on S routes, click “Next” to follow along. If you’re traveling north, click “Previous.”