Development in the neighborhood Historical

Development in the neighborhood Historical (HM1VI2)

Location: Washington, DC 20036
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.611', W 77° 2.685'

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—Diverse Visions/One Neighborhood —

Development in the neighborhood got its first start in 1871 when the Board of Public Works, under the leadership of Alexander "Boss" Robey Sheperd, installed sewers, paved roads, extended gas pipes and planted trees here and construct other neighborhoods. Speculators bought up land, and the bold began to build.At 2000 Massachusetts Ave., note the red Victorian mansion built in 1881 by the perennial GOP presidential candidate James G. Blaine and later owned by George Westinghouse, inventor of the airbrake. At 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (left) stands the one of the most expensive private houses ever built in DC, the Thomas Walsh mansion - since 1954 the Indonesian Embassy. Walsh, a miner, struck gold in Colorado. His daughter Evalyn married into the McLean family, owners of the Washington Post; a colorful, generous lady, Evalyn is remembered as the last private owner of the Hope Diamond, now in the Smithsonian Institution.The dignified Beaux-Arts mansion at 2009 Massachusetts Ave. was home to Nicholas Longworth, speaker of the House (1926-1931), until his death in 1931, and to his wife Alice Roosevelt Longworth until her death in 1980Fire Fact | January 1, 1891Box 319 sounded at 11:35 am for a fire in the residence of Hon. James G. Blaine, who had been defeated by Grover
Cleveland for the presidency in 1884. Nearly the entire DC Fire Department soon arrived to defeat the blaze that threatened the Blaine Mansion at 2000 Massachusetts Ave. Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire MuseumArtist | Jody Eric KammerThe artist's comments have been vandalized and are unreadable.Sidebar:Fire Alarm Boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted the box number (top) to a fire alarm center. This system was used until the 1970s when the boxes were converted to a telephone system. By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.
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HM NumberHM1VI2
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Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322709 N 4308797
Decimal Degrees38.91018333, -77.04475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.611', W 77° 2.685'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 36.66" N, 77° 2' 41.1" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1949-1999 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036, US
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