Historical Photos of the Former Hebrew Home at 1131 Spring Road, NW

1953 Spring Road -300dpi

Thanks to David for sending these photos from Marilyn Feldman, Public Relations Director for the current Hebrew Home in Maryland. As mentioned yesterday we previously had a discussion of the Hebrew Home here. The photo above was taken in 1953 and the photo below was taken in 1925.

1925 ceremony 300dpi

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  • What is it used for today?

  • It is something to do with DC Health Dept.
    I think mental health.
    Building still has remnants of its Jewish past in the architectural decoration.
    Being Jewish and living across the street for the past 30 years it is bittersweet seeing it every day.
    A reminder of the Jewish flight from the inner cities in this country in the years following the war. That’s WWII for those too young to get the reference.

  • I think 1125 is the former Hebrew Home, not 1131. 1131 is the building on the corner which used to house the DC DOH/ Immunizations Department (and where I used to work). They moved up to GA Ave at Piney Branch and couple of years ago.

    I was always told by the ‘lifers’ at DOH that the building next door (1125) was the Hebrew Home.

  • I bet the Old Hebrew Home-Old Soldier’s Home mixers were the happening parties back in the day.

  • Actually, this is the first time I’ve heard that this was the Hebrew Home. There are actually 2 buildings there, both Jewish institutions, related no doubt. I think the smaller one was a Hebrew school and(?) synagogue. I thought the larger was a community center, again question mark.

  • Hello All!

    Look at yesterday’s post on the Robeson school next to this building for more information on what is happening with this building. Here’s some history:

    The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) opened the building in 1925 as the Hebrew Home for the Aged with 35 rooms. It was designed by local architect Harry A. Brandt. The structure was described as “pure American style” and cost $27,000 to build. In 1953, a new wing increased capacity fivefold to 165 residents and allowed the establishment of a medical board. The JSSA moved into the building at 1131 in 1940 which was leased to them by the Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring for $1 per year. Mrs. Henry Morgenthau, wife of the Secretary of the Treasury, presided at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 29, 1940. Charles E. Smith served as president of the Hebrew Home for teh Aging from 1959 to 1962.

    David Tumblin, ANC 4C06

  • This fits the profile of Petworth being the old Jewish neighborhood after Jews left the original Jewish areas near the waterfront. (The fish market are being DC’s Lower East Side).

    Cafritz and Smith and other Jewish developers were instrumental in building the Petworth neighborhood in the 1920s.

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