The Fall 2008 edition of WalkingTownDC is this upcoming weekend.
Mount Vernon Triangle Development Tour
Saturday, September 20th, 8:30 – 10 am
Sunday, September 21st, 8:30 – 10 am
Meet and end at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street, NW (south side entrance)
Mount Vernon Triangle is one of the city’s newest historic districts, a developing mix of 19th-century residential and commercial buildings and high-rise apartment buildings. Explore the remnants of the old neighborhood as they are incorporated into new developments and visit the site of the Northern Liberties Riot, Convention Hall, and a new condo and office building recently completed on the east end of downtown. Led by Executive Director Bill McLeod and presented by Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. Special thanks to Four Fifty Five Massachusetts Avenue.
Dozens more tours, including these that begin right at or near Mount Vernon Square.
Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part I
Sunday, September 21st, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Mount Vernon Place, NW
End at Azi’s Café, 1336 Ninth Street, NW
Shaw has always been a crossroads. Explore Shaw’s southern half, originally a streetcar suburb, where many notable historic figures lived and worked, including explorer John Wesley Powell, African American U.S. Senator Blanche K. Bruce, and historian Carter G. Woodson. Includes visits to view selected building interiors. Led by Executive Director Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.
German Immigrants Downtown: The Evidence Preserved
Saturday, September 20th, 9:30 – 11 am
Meet and end at the Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street, NW (one block north of Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro station)
Visit sites where German immigrants lived, worked, and worshipped. German entrepreneurs and artists arrived in considerable numbers in the mid-19th century and played an important role in the life of the city. Proof of their presence is found in and on historic buildings as well as in city directories, the U.S. Census, building permits, and other primary sources, copies of which will be shown during the tour. Comments and critique are welcome. Led by Alice Stewart and presented by the Goethe-Institut.