Lanier Place

Lanier Place (HMBAX)

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

N 38° 55.505', W 77° 2.452'

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Roads to Diversity

— Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —

Banker Archibald McLachlan and Smithsonian Institution naturalist George Brown Goode developed Lanier Heights in the early 1890s. Goode laid out streets and encouraged Smithsonian colleagues to purchase lots. McLachlan built the elegant Ontario Apartments, visible ahead and to the left on then-rural Ontario Road. More apartments and row houses followed. By 1935 Lanier Heights was considered a close-in, city neighborhood.

In 1908 the city built the Mission style firehouse mid-block to your left. Generations of neighborhood children played in front of it, considering the firefighters their personal guardians. The community saved the deteriorating facility from demolition in 1975.

During the 1920s, most residents of this block were German Jews. Many came from Old Southwest [D.C.], including Rabbi Moses Yoelsen, father of entertainer Al Jolson (1787 Lanier Place). Like much of the area, Lanier Place eventually grew less affluent as families of means left for newer suburban housing.

In the 1960s Adams Morgan drew a younger, mixed population, giving the area a reputation as activist and community conscious. Lanier Place became a hub of anti-establishment politics. Members of Students for a Democratic Society lived at 1779 Lanier Place. Black Panthers, American Indian Movement workers, and the Berrigan brothers (Catholic priests and anti-war activists) all passed through. The Mayday Tribe, anti-war organizers, created a commune at 1747. After a bombing at the U.S. Capitol in 1971, F.B.I. agents staked out 1747 in search of witness Leslie Bacon. She was chased along the rooftops of these buildings and apprehended.
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Marker Number7 of 18
Year Placed2005
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:28pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323083 N 4310443
Decimal Degrees38.92508333, -77.04086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.505', W 77° 2.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 30.30" N, 77° 2' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2753-2799 Ontario Rd NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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