Tenleytown Neighborhoods & Subdivisions  - American University Park



Humanities Council of Washington, DC
"Funds for the DC Community Heritage Project are provided by a partnership of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office, which supports people who want to tell stories of their neighborhoods and communities by providing information, training and financial resources. This DC Community Heritage Project has been also funded in part by the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund grant funds, administered by the DC Historic Preservation Office and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This program was supported through a Historic Preservation Fund grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. Funds were used for the identification, protection, and/or rehabilitation of historic properties and cultural resources in the District of Columbia. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240."

Diane Beaudin Sheahan

John Sheahan
Tenleytown Historical Society is grateful to John Sheahan for sharing his late wife’s notes and the reminiscences she collected from early AU Park residents.

Judith Beck Helm
Author of Tenleytown, DC:  Country Village into City Neighborhood
For her book, which is still the first place to look for information on Tenleytown, and for her ongoing generosity in sharing her research.

Caran Burrows Leahy and her Burrows relatives
For information on Samuel and Harriet America (Shekell) Burrows

Susan McElrath
University Archivist, American University Library

Photo credits:  Paul Williams, photographer for 2004 Photo Survey of American University Park, Friendship Heights and Tenleytown, funded by a grant to Tenleytown Historical Society from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E:  contemporary photos - 4619, 4628 and 4716 48th Street, 4626 Verplanck Place, 4528, 4540 and 4701 Fessenden Street, 4520 River Road, 4601 and 4900 47th Street, 4901 Ellicott Street, 4941 Butterworth Place, 4513 and 4612 49th Street, 4622 and 4716 Asbury Place, 4608 and 4722 Davenport Street

American University Archives: Murdock House, View from American University site/Fort Gaines, Site of American University 1890, Early campus skyline view 1917, Massachusetts Avenue crossing AU grounds 1912.

Caran Burrows Leahy – photo of Otho Burrows and his daughter, Myra Burrows Entwistle

Sources:  Helm, J. Tenleytown, DC:  Country Village into City Neighborhood;  Sheahan, D., unpublished research; Vertical files at Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Library; Historical Society of Washington; Archives, The American University; Washington, DC Building Permits; 1897 Promotional brochure for American University Park; National Archives and Records Administration; Personal reminiscences, published and unpublished.

October, 2008