Dope Sky Retaining Wall

DSCN0395, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

It’s odd because this is a pretty big retaining wall across the street from Meridian Hill Park but it seems they arbitrarily chose this one spot to add a castle. I find it’s best not too think too deeply on some things so I think I’ll just say cool castle.

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  • The linked article doesn’t mention that in the 30’s Henderson Castle became the Soviet Embassy. I think they closed it in the 60’s and let it fall itno disrepair. It was torn down in the 70’s when the current gated community was built within it’s walls.

  • wow, what a loss… that castle was amazing, and just think how different dc might be today had her ideas came to fruition….

  • I remember the last days of the Castle. I loved it-’cause it looked like something out of “The Munsters”

  • To the contrary, the castle is fully functional. Why, just the other day I saw Beekman Place denizens pour scalding oil out of Harris Teeter bags onto passing Visigoths.

  • Hummm… that picture just reminds me of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe… Happy childhood memories.

    I feel like King Friday should come around the corner and dispense some wisdom at any moment.

  • Most of her ideas did come to pass. That’s why the park is there as well as the various embassies and churches. Of course, she owned much of that land and made even more money off her development plans. Back then, foreign countries couldn’t own property in the U.S., so Embassies were built as spec houses and then leased back. It was good businesses for many of our earliest developers.

  • I grew up in Northwest all around 16th Street. During the early 1960’s while my oldest brother was fighting in Viet Nam, my family lived on 17th Street, N.W. that was owned by my father’s cousin. I think it was 2524 17th (around the corner from the old Skating Ring – now Harris Teeter). My father’s cousin offered to sell the house to my dad (for $11,000 dollars, but he was too cheap (you know guys). So we moved to 17th & T where we stayed for 15 years. My brother and I used to play all up and down the grounds of the old castle. We even used to sled the small hills during the winter snows. By then the castle had burned to the ground and the only thing left was mounds of dirt and debris. It was great for exploring and if you had a vivid imagination, you could make it into anything you wanted.

    We also would walk past the luxury buildings on Belmont Road and watch the rich having their cocktail parties. Sometimes when they had art exhibits, if we were walking by, they would invite us in to take a look. Growing up all through the neighborhood was easy then. No drug dealers or child molesters – so you could trust your kids to roam the neighborhood. In the mid-1970’s (I think) when the castle was turned into townhouses – we were so upset to see our old fun-house being turned into housing. I remember the price back then was $80,000. Boy, what a difference a few decades can make.

    I was a history major in college and we took a great D.C. history course, so I knew the story about the castle and have seen many old photos of it. Plus just growing up in the area, you pick up a lot of history just from listening to the older residents. They tell stories of how people would actually sleep in the Park in the Summer and how the Park was opened to all races right from the first day. Interesting stuff!

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