Landmarks in Review

2021 was another successful year for historic preservation in DC. In February, Colony Hill became the District’s 37th neighborhood historic district (with its own design guidelines), while in October, the long-standing Anacostia Historic District was expanded for the first time since its designation in 1978. The Anacostia Historic District Boundary Expansion was submitted by DCPL, Historic Anacostia Block Association, and Historic Anacostia Preservation Society.

The DCPL and owner-submitted landmark nomination for the Bazelon-McGovern House, a Mid-Century Modern home with Japanese stylistic elements in the Palisades, was approved in February. In September, two DCPL initiatives were considered and approved by the HPRB. The African American Civil Rights Multiple Property Document was adopted, and Lucy Diggs Slowe Elementary School in Brookland was historically designated. Throughout the year, these other properties were also officially added to DC’s Inventory of Historic Sites: Thomas Jefferson Junior High School (January), Episcopal Home for Children (February), Southeast Branch Library (March), Twelfth Precinct Station House (May), Coolidge High School (September), and The Hampshire Apartments (December).

Anacostia Historic District

Initially incorporated under the name Union Town, Anacostia began as a working-class community removed from the city and dominated by Navy Yard employees. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the Union Land Association controlled the…

Southeast Branch Library

In 1921, Congress approved $10,000 of funding for the construction of the Southeast Branch Library. With the additional support of Andrew Carnegie’s monetary donation, the Southeast Branch Library was dedicated a year later with the expectation to…

Thomas Jefferson Junior High School

Designed by Nathan C. Wyeth, Thomas Jefferson Junior High School’s exemplary Georgian Revival Style is evidenced through architectural symmetry, a cupola over the main block, and a two-story entry surround with Doric pilasters. The Junior High School…

Colony Hill Historic District

In the 1930s, Colony Hill – near Reservoir and Foxhall roads – emerged as a distinctive suburban development built in an architectural style that echoed the Georgian and Federal styles of the early American nation. In the decade between 1931 and…

Bazelon-McGovern House

Located in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC, the Bazelon-McGovern House stands as a significant example of Japanese architecture in the District. The home was so unique that only a few weeks after the original family moved into the space…

Episcopal Home for Children

Originally located in Colonial Beach, Virginia, the Episcopal Home for Children (EHC) got its start as a convalescent home for children between the ages of six and sixteen. Initially known as the Bell Home for Children, daily programs involved…

Calvin Coolidge High School

Designed by Nathan C. Wyeth, Calvin Coolidge Senior High School (Coolidge High School) constitutes a significant example of Georgian Revival architecture in the District—and remains part of the District’s early efforts to improve local…

The Hampshire Apartments

Designed by local D.C. architect Louis T. Rouleau, these two buildings reflect the development of residential units on New Hampshire Avenue following World War I. Modest in appearance and created for the rental market, The Hampshire reflects renters’…

Lucy Diggs Slowe Elementary School

The Lucy Diggs Slowe Elementary School first opened in 1945 in response to a lawsuit against segregated schooling in DC. John Preston Davis attempted to enroll his five-year old son at Noyes Elementary School in 1944, yet was rejected based upon…

12th Precinct Station House

Constructed in the 1920s, the 12th Precinct Station House is architecturally significant as a prominent example of the Colonial Revival style in the District. Additionally, the station house is historically emblematic of DC’s expanding police force…