Inventory of Park View Area Fallout Shelter Signs
Here’s an interesting project that’s come to my attention recently. A few members on the Landmarks Committee are trying to preserve fallout shelter signs in D.C.
To help get the word out and put fallout shelters in their historical context, they have created District Fallout, a Web site devoted to fallout shelters and local Cold War history.
The site states: “Today, only a fraction of the now faded fallout shelter signs remain on D.C. façades, including apartments, churches, schools and federal buildings. The terrifying significance of the sign has since faded as well, but not its historical importance. Fallout shelter signs in the District of Columbia must be preserved as monuments to one of the most frightening periods in American history and as a reminder of the threats we still face today.”
Among the more interesting features of the site are the map of fallout shelters in 1965 and the video below.
According to Landmark Committee member Adam Irish, initial surveys of buildings designated as fallout shelters indicate that just 5-10% of shelter signs have survived. In doing a survey of signs in the immediate area surrounding Park View, 5 out of approximately 20 signs still exist, or 25%.
You can read more about this at GreaterGreaterWashington and see an inventory of greater Park View area fallout shelter locations and current sign status is after the jump.
Signs starting from the north and moving south.
- Petworth Baptist Church, northeast corner of 7th and Randolph — sign lost
- The New Hampshire Apartments, 3800 N.H. Ave. & the Quincy Apartments, 811 Quincy St. — signs lost
- Paramount Apartment, 829 Quincy Street — sign lost
- Raymond School 10th & Spring Road — sign present
- Apartment building, 739 Newton Place — sign lost
- Park View School — all signs lost
- Apartment building, 1021 Park Road — sign present
- Arcade Sunshine Laundry 701 Lamont — sign present
- Arcade Sunshine Laundry 735 Lamont — sign lost
- Apartment building, 732 Lamont — sign lost
- Apartment building, 526 Kenyon — sign lost
- Apartment building, 1111 Columbia Rd. — sign present
- Bruce School, Kenyon and Sherman — sign present
- Monroe School, Irving Street — building razed, sign lost
- Girard House Apts., 744 Girard St. — sign lost
- Cook Hall, Howard University — sign lost
- Wilson Teachers College, 11th & Harvard — sign lost
While the Park View School no longer has its signs, I have found evidence of three signs, which are illustrated below.History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.