See You at the Center

See You at the Center (HM1IN7)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.675', W 77° 2.2'

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A Fitting Tribute

— Logan Circle Heritage Trail —

The City's Jewish Community Center opened here in 1926. Its grand presence one mile north of the White House expressed Jewish residents' prosperity and their growing contributions to the federal city and the nation. With American Jews routinely barred from social clubs, the JCC promoted Jewish identity and offered a gym, swimming pool, symphony orchestra, choral society, and basketball league. High school students thronged to dances held on the rooftop.
Housing developer Morris Cafritz, a co-founder in 1912 of the local Young Men's Hebrew Association, led a fundraising campaign to build the JCC and served as its president for eight years. The center thrived until the 1950s, when many members moved to Washington's new suburbs. In 1969 it relocated to Rockville, Maryland and sold this building to the DC Government. When later generations of Jewish Washingtonians close city living, they launched a new independent DCJCC. Cafritz' son, Calvin, helped raise funds to buy back and renovate the building, which reopened in 1996 as the Washington DCJCC.
One block north of this sign is the Church of the Holy City, the national church of the Swedenborgian denomination. Dedicated in 1896, the church was designed by Herbert Langford Warren, a Swedenborgian and founder of Harvard University's School of Architecture.
Three blocks north is the House of the Temple, headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. Completed in 1915, it was DC's first major building by John Russell Pope, who later designed the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial. The building's museums and library are open to the public.
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HM NumberHM1IN7
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Marker Number1
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
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Date Added Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323413 N 4308899
Decimal Degrees38.91125000, -77.03666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.675', W 77° 2.2'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 40.5" N, 77° 2' 12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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