Historic Neighborhood Groups — Trinidad Citizens’ Association

Posted February 20, 2015 by Kent
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Getting back to the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on the Trinidad Citizens’ Association in NE. The original article was published on November 26, 1940.

Trinidad Citizens map

Trinidad Citizens article

1887 Photograph Captures Glimpse of Rural Anacostia

Posted February 19, 2015 by Kent
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Fairlawn Anacostia

I recently acquired the above photograph that captures a moment in Anacostia in 1887. The full description (both printed and written on the back) is as follows — “A scene in Dr. Christie’s Garden. Photographed Nov. 3, 1887, by Max Georgii, assisted by C.H.R. of Washington, D.C., on their photographic tour across the Eastern Branch.” While it is impossible to tell with certainty, the person in the photograph is likely the photographer, Max Georgii. The photo shows a wire fence on the right, greenhouses on the left, and a windmill in the background.

Dr. Arthur Christie was a well-known and highly respected resident of Anacostia. He died suddenly of heart disease on June 24, 1891, leaving a wife, son, and daughter. He was nearly 60 at the time of his death.

The map below, from the 1903 Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Washington, shows where the Christie property was located.

Christie property(The Christie property bordered the Anacostia River an is outlined in red)

The Christie property was eventually subdivided in 1911. The following article from the Washington Herald, published on July 2, 1911, provides more background on the property.

Fairlawn Now on the Market

Well-Known Christie Property Offered in Lots

Real estate circles of Washington and the District are much interested in the recent purchase of Mr. Oscar C. Brothers, the well-known dealer in real estate, of the famous old Christie property, which is located in Anacostia, just at the eastern end of the Anacostia bridge.

The property acquired by Mr. Brothers consists of fifty acres of splendid residential land situated in a charming spot. This property was for years the home of the late Dr. Christie, who as a very young man came over to this country from England and settled in the city of Washington, where he practiced medicine. Becoming successful in his practice, and after having accumulated what was regarded as an ample fortune in those days, Dr. Christie retired and spent the remaining years of his life in comfortable leisure. His family was one of the most aristocratic in England and he was a man of culture and education.

The old house, which still stands on the property and which is yet in good state of preservation, was the scene of many of the notable entertainments of the Capital City more than half a century ago, for Dr. Christie was known as a lavish entertainer and the men and women who were bidden to partake of his hospitality counted themselves fortunate.

Mr. Brothers has renamed the place “Fairlawn,” and has subdivided it into attractive building lots, which he is now offering for sale. The property is ornamented by a fine grove of trees which afford ample shade for the homes that will be built on the land. For some time past Mr. Brothers has had a force of forty men at work clearing up and cutting streets through the place. The tract faces on Harrison street (today Good Hope Road) and Minnesota avenue for a half a mil, and these streets are paved and asphalted and have sewerage, gas, and water mains. Directly opposite the property is a schoolhouse for white children which was erected at a cost of $75,000; a fire engine company is jut a block and a half away, and churches of all principal denominations are within four blocks.

Fairlawn is easily accessible from all sections of Washington. Direct cars leave Ninth and F streets every three minutes. It takes about seventeen minutes to make the trip from Union Station and thirteen minutes from the Capitol, so that the shopping and bushiness districts of the city are within easy reach.

Mr. Brothers will throw the property open for inspection on Tuesday, July 4, and he has extended a cordial invitation to the public to be present. For amusement he has secured the Naval Band, and other attractions will be provided the visitors. A very interesting feature of the inspection on the Fourth will be the awarding of $75 in gold coin by Mr. Brothers. He offers this amount for the best suggestion, submitted by any person on the grounds on the day of the inspection, for the name of a street to be cut through the property. For the best suggestion the prize will be $50, for the next best $15, and for the third best $10. The advertising managers of the four Washington newspapers will be the judges of the contest and will award the prizes.

The advertisement below, from the Washington Time, includes the names of the contest Winners.

Fairlawn advertisement 1911

Neighborhood Police Service Area 409/302 Meeting Tonight

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Community Meetings, Crime, MPD

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The quarterly Police Service Area 409/302 meeting is tonight, February 18, at the Fourth District Substation at 750 Park Road. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The map below shows where the dividing line is between the two PSA’s. PSA meetings are good opportunities to engaged with the police officers charged with serving the Park View community. Inspector Vendette T. Parker will also be at this meeting. She is taking over from Inspector Alisa C. Petty, who is retiring.

psa 409

Artist Nekisha Durrett Screens Documentary of Her Mural, “The Wait”, at Mothership This Thursday

Posted February 17, 2015 by Kent
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Artist Nekisha Durrett will be screening a short documentary film exploring her mural (“The Wait“), her creative process, and the ever changing Park View community this Thursday, February 19th, at Mothership from 6 -7 p.m.  “The Wait was funded by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This will be a bitter sweet event, as it will be one of the last times the community can gather at Mothership as they will be closing when the doors close on Sunday, February 22nd. But as that hasn’t happened yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to both celebrate the mural and show Mothership how much they will be missed.

The documentary is a collaboration between Durrett and local filmmaker, Lorie Shaull. Together they documented the production of the mural and its impact on the community. In addition to the screening, several photographs will be on display by two photography students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Museum Studies program, Kenyssa Evans and Tayvon Taylor.

Below is a trailer of the documentary, providing an idea of what to expect.


Checking out the Golden Triangle’s Haiku Project

Posted February 13, 2015 by Kent
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haikumapfinalIf you happen to find yourself in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, you’ll probably have seen their Golden Haiku project in many of the tree boxes. I’ve long been interested in how Business Improvement Districts add value to commercial districts, and have often wondered why we don’t have one on 14th Street in Columbia Heights. I think Georgia Avenue would benefit from one too, but I don’t think Georgia have the businesses to support one yet.

But back to the Golden Triangle area … this winter, the Golden Triangle BID The Golden has installed 60 haikus in tree boxes all over their district. The map above gives an indication of the area included in this project. Below are photos of four haikus from the 60 installed.

Haiku 1

Haiku 3

Haiku 2



Landmark Nomination Filed for Columbia Heights’ Kelsey Temple Church of God in Christ

Posted February 12, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Historic Landmarks, History

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Drawing of the Columbia Heights Christian Church ca. 1920.

Drawing of the Columbia Heights Christian Church ca. 1920.

Earlier this week, the Historic Preservation Office sent notice that the D.C. Preservation League has filed a landmark nomination for the Kelsey Temple Church of God in Christ, which is located at 1435-37 Park Road in Columbia Heights. The building was constructed in 1921 for the Columbia Heights Christian Church, which remained there until they sold the building to the Kelsey Temple COGIC in 1958.

You can read the entire nomination here, which provides a more in-depth history of both congregations that have called this building home.



Checking Out Mt. Pleasant Music Showcase and Jam at Haydee’s

Posted February 11, 2015 by Kent
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On Saturday, I checked out the Mt. Pleasant Music Showcase and Jam Session held at Haydee’s on Mt. Pleasant Street. The event began at 4 p.m. and was scheduled to run until 7 p.m. While I was unable to stay for the full event, I really liked it and will be going back. The Music Showcase is hosted by Frank Agbro, who in addition to being a musician known a Franko is also one of the Mt. Pleasant Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. You can learn more about Franko and hear some of his music at www.frankojazz.com or clicking the image below.


The event is open mic, which allows local musicians to sign up and perform along with anyone else interested in sharing their art with those in the house. Another of the groups that performed on February 7th was Hellfire and the Brimtones, whose genre is described as Country/Americana, though I think it also had a bit of a folk flavor to it too. You can hear three of their songs by clicking on the image below.

Hellfire and the Brimtones

I understand that the Jam Session in Mt. Pleasant is a monthly event, and will be on the look out for the next event for those interested in checking it out in person.


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