Site of Rhodes Tavern

Site of Rhodes Tavern (HMQHL)

Location: Washington, DC 20004
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.839', W 77° 2.002'

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Built in 1799, in the hope that the new capital would become a great city.

Opened as a tavern and inn by William Rhodes, 1801.

Washington's first 'town hall,' where White House architect James Hoban and other citizens met to petition Congress for representation and localy elected government, 1801.

Polling place in first city council election, 1802.

Early boarding house used by Members of Congress, 1807 - 1814.

Spared the torch during the British burning of Washington, 1814.

First home of the Bank of the Metropolis, 1814 - 1836, and of Riggs Bank, 1840 - 1845.

Washington Stock Exchange, 1881 - 1884.

National Press Club, 1909 - 1914; visited by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howared Taft; and Woodrow Wilson.

Witness to every inaugural parade from Thomas Jefferson's in 1805 until Ronald Reagan's in 1981.

Ballot initiative to preserve the building approved by Washington citizens, 1983. Razed, 1984.

This marker placed by the Rhodes Tavern - D.C. Heritage Society, June 7, 1999, with the help of pennies collected by D.C. public school students.

[Second Panel - Caption beneath the bronze relief]:
Site of Washington, D.C.'s first election, June 7, 1801. This marker placed by the Rhodes Tavern - D.C. Heritage Society, June 7, 1999.
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByRhodes Tavern - D.C. Heritage Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 3:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323665 N 4307347
Decimal Degrees38.89731667, -77.03336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.839', W 77° 2.002'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 50.34" N, 77° 2' 0.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1434-1498 F St NW, Washington DC 20004, US
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