Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

Ed. Note: This was originally printed in 2011 but just came across my facebook last week, thanks to John for being kind enough to let us repost this great story here.

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Mary Foote Henderson, circa 1923 (author’s collection).

The Gilded Age, from the 1870s until the 1910s, was a unique period in Washington’s history. The city attracted many nouveaux riches who were drawn by the fact that upper-class Washington society in those days was wide open to anyone with lots of money, a circumstance not found in other major Eastern cities. Of all the wealthy people who moved to Washington to exert power and influence in the Gilded Age, one of the most powerful and influential was a woman, Mary Foote Henderson (1846-1931), who turned her City Beautiful dreams into reality along upper 16th Street. (more…)


This rental is located at Holmead and Otis Pl, NW. The listing says:

“Great English basement on a quiet street in Columbia Hts with awesome neighbors! Walking to Metro, 14th Street, 11th street, Georgia Ave. A perfect location!.
Small space for a grill.
Plenty of on street parking.
..and it’s not dark or dank feeling.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.

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3226 11th Street, NW

Congrats to the good peeps at Bad Saint for snatching the Number 2 spot in Bon Appetit’s Top 10 Best new restaurants in America:

“I was flying solo, but everything about this 24-seat, no-reservation spot made me feel like family. Credit Filipino-American chef Tom Cunanan and co-owners Genevieve Villamora (the most gracious host I met all year) and Nick Pimentel, who’ve made this place their passion project. Their food is personal, but it’s so much more than just dishes they ate as kids. Bad Saint is the kind of place I spend all year searching for.”


A reader sends the frightening shot above from Holmead and Monroe St, NW.

DC Fire and EMS reported just after 9pm:

“5 civs in auto tx area Hosps. 2 were trapped. 4 FF’s will be evaluated. Engine Was enroute to reported fire.”

“Fire truck accident with entrapment Holmead Place & Monroe St NW. No FD personnel trapped. 2 civilians in other vehicle. Unit was on call.”

street light out
Ed. Note: I’m not attaching all the photos of lamps out but I vouch they were in the original email

A reader passes on a letter sent to the Mayor’s Office:

“I went out again last night, August 10th, to review the locations where I had observed streetlights out the night before. I went east on Park Road NW from 16th Street to 14th Street, NW; headed south to Columbia Road, then proceeded north along 14th Street NW. I extended my walk further north to Arkansas, then went east to Georgia Avenue before returning on Arkansas west to 16th Street, north to Newton Street, east to 17th / Mt. Pleasant Street.

My observations are listed below as to what locations I observed
streetlights out and the time. Some key points are: (more…)

11th and Lamont St, NW

From a press release:

Thursday, August 11th
5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (or until specials run out)

Room 11, neighborhood bar, coffee shop, and restaurant, celebrates our seven year anniversary on Thursday, August 11th. As more and more neighborhood restaurants close their doors in the face of changing times, we’re proud to be celebrating seven strong years in Columbia Heights.

To celebrate, we will be offering a few of our classics for $7 each. This includes our signature Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned and Strawberry, Peach, Jalapeño St. Germain Sangria behind the bar. Our house shot of Dickel Rye and Fernet, better known as the Dickfer, will also be available for $7.

On the savory side, our classic Grilled Cheese (with Oak Shade Cheddar, Fresh Mozzarella, Caciocavallo, and Spicy Marinara) will be part of the promotion. The $7 dessert of the night, the ever-evolving Paisley Fig Honey Goat Cheesecake will take on a summery form with the help of seasonal peaches. (more…)


From their Facebook invite:

“Let’s change the script that’s happening in the media right now. Let’s start to put an actual plan in to action to prevent more senseless killings and violence.

Performers: Nasim Siddeeq, Ace Reign, Mark Anthony Montgomery, Andy Niaina Raveloarinivo

Panel Host: Mercy Imahiyerobo

Food: Oohhs & Aahhs Soul Food, Snacks, Water

Activities: Lawn games, face painting, coloring, and more

The purpose of this block party is to facilitate positive communication between the DC community and police officers. We worked with several people that felt the dialogue needed to be guided, at least initially, and so we will be starting the event with a panel discussion. We will also have several people performing during the event to help spark progressive conversation about how to take action.

Below is some more information about how this event started: (more…)

1434 Perry Place Northwest

This rental is located at 1434 Perry Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 1 Bedroom With Parking in Columbia Heights! Lower Level Unit with private front and rear entrance, open living room and kitchen with remodeled full bath, bedroom with large closets, stacked Washer/dryer in unit. Private parking in rear. Available Now!”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,225/Mo.