Historic Tenleytown - Subdivisions and Neighborhoods

Community Projects

Tenleytown Historical Society has initiated and/or partnered with other community organizations and DC Government agencies on projects designed to highlight our local history and to enhance our community.


 


RENO SCHOOL AND CITY EXHIBIT AT RENO SCHOOL/ALICE DEAL MIDDLE SCHOOL 2015
From 2003 when Tenleytown Historical Society first focused on the historic importance of Reno School and Reno City, we believed that the school – then in a state of serious disrepair – should be restored and that it would be the ideal place for an exhibit on the school and the Reno community that was razed in the 1930s and 1940s. Even after THS’s successful application for landmarking in 2009, it took a long time for the City to decide on the building’s future. Fortunately for all, Reno School has been beautifully restored and the exhibit THS hoped for and envisioned has been installed. It was a collaborative process involving DC Public Schools, Deal Middle School principal James Albright, Council Member Mary Cheh, DC Department of General Services and the architects and builder. THS provided the historic content to Keane Design.

http://www.keanedesign.com/installations.html

EXTERIOR LIGHTED SIGN AT TENLEY FRIENDSHIP LIBRARY 2014
When the old Tenley Friendship Library was razed, only the lettering from the lighted exterior sign on the front of the building survived. Tenleytown Historical Society and Friends of the Tenley Friendship Library worked with the DC Public Library and jointly funded the new old sign.

TENLEYTOWN HISTORY REFERENCE COLLECTION at TENLEY FRIENDSHIP LIBRARY 2012
Tenleytown Historical Society worked with library staff to establish a local history reference collection. THS and others contributed materials on archeology, specific sites, and on subjects relevant to local history including its 2003 Survey and Judith Helm’s Tenleytown, DC: Country Village into City Neighborhood, which is the starting point for research on Tenleytown history. Resources are available by consulting an adult librarian on the second floor.

GARDEN CLUB MARKERS 2012
When redevelopment came to the northwest corner of Wisconsin and Western Avenues, the Garden Club marker on that corner was removed, cleaned, and restored to its original location (the markers are in DC) and surrounded by liriope and a protective fence. It is one of a pair of entrance markers so THS partnered with DDOT to clean the one on the northeast corner of the intersection and to install a matching protective fence and planting.

CHESAPEAKE HOUSE GARDEN 2011
In the summer of 2011 flowers magically appeared in the dirt, and previously weeds only, strip along the Belt Road façade of Chesapeake House. We later learned that a THS member had planted seeds. That first blooms were mowed - twice- by the National Park Service which led to a conversation between THS and the Park Service and, eventually, toward the issuance of a permit from NPS to THS to plant native plants in the area – at least until NPS determines the future of Chesapeake House. The summer display is an unexpected and pleasing surprise to passers-by.

TENLEYTOWN HERITAGE TRAIL 2011
The Tenleytown Heritage Trail was launched in November 2011. It is a self-guided three mile walk, including nineteenth century estates, the highest natural elevation in the District of Columbia, and Fort Reno, part of the ring of forts built to protect the capital during the Civil War. The signs provide photographs and reminiscences. Brochures are available at the Tenley Friendship Library (corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street) and Middle C Music (corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine.) For more information or to download the brochure click here.

The Tenleytown Heritage Trail is a project of Cultural Tourism DC in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation. Tenleytown Historical Society and Tenleytown Neighbors Association are cosponsors of the Trail with Cultural Tourism DC. The Tenleytown Heritage Trail Working Group comprised of members of these organizations and the wider community planned the trail.


HISTORY PANEL AT TENLEY FRIENDSHIP LIBRARY 2011
The new library provided an optimum setting for sharing Tenleytown history. Tenleytown Historical Society collaborated with Tenleytown Neighbors Association, Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library and DC Public Library to design and fund a glass panel depicting historic Tenleytown sites. It is located on the second floor of the library at the top of the stairs.

ART ON CALL 2005
As you walk around Tenleytown, look for the eleven refurbished police and fire call boxes depicting elements of local history. The Tenleytown Historical Society (THS) provided historical consultant services to the Tenleytown Neighbors Association (TNA) for TNA's segment of the citywide Art-on-Call project. Paintings were done by local artist Lena Frumin. The Art-on-Call project is sponsored by Cultural Tourism, DC.

To view a list of call boxes, click here to download the PDF chart.

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