Historic Tenleytown - Subdivisions and Neighborhoods

Programs

Programs and events celebrating people, places and events of both local and citywide interest are planned from time to time. Tenleytown Historical Society often joins with other local groups in sponsoring programs.



2016

IMMACULATA/WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW TOUR
Guides: Andrew Huff, AU; Billie Jo Kaufman and Walter Labitzky, Washington College of Law; Architects Tom Butcava and Bob Bull, Smith Group JJR

Tour of restored historic Immaculata building and its integration into the new Law School.


ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Speaker: Ruth Trocolli, Ph.D., City Archaeologist, DC Historic Preservation Office

Archaeology in the District with special focus on Tenleytown, most recently at the site of the Jesse Reno School.


RENO CITY: POST CIVIL WAR TO WWII – EARLY RESIDENTS, GROWTH OF SURROUNDING COMMUNITY AND ERADICATION OF RENO COMMUNITY
Speaker: Alcione Amos, Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum

Focus on two Reno City families, one African American and one white and information on the destruction of Reno City, building of reservoir and schools.


WASHINGTON, DC’S TROLLEYS AND STREETCARS
Speaker: John DeFerrari, author of Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, DC

Overview of streetcar transit in DC from mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.
                          c. M. Stanley


ART ALL NIGHT – in cooperation with Tenleytown Main Street

An event to showcase local artists’ work, sponsored by Tenleytown Main Street. THS participated with a display of work featuring local historic sites.
             c. G. Oakley


WHO BUILT TENLEYTOWN: ARCHITECTS, TRADESMEN AND DEVELOPERS
Tour leader: Farleigh Earhart

Walking tour of Tenleytown and AU Park to highlight examples of work by local architects and tradesmen.



2015

RURAL REMNANTS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY: AN ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY OF WASHINGTON’S HISTORIC FARMS AND ESTATES
Speaker: Kim Williams, National Register Coordinator, DCSHPO

Report on survey documenting still extant 19th century buildings located in what were rural areas of Washington, DC.


CELEBRATION OF RENO SCHOOL RESTORATION AND EXHIBIT
Cosponsored by James Albright, Principal, Alice Deal Middle School

Visit to the restored Reno School and Tenleytown Historical Society's exhibit on the history of Reno School and the razed post Civil War Reno City community. Quick view of exhibit at http://www.keanedesign.com/installations.html.

        c. M. Kunstadter


THE GROWTH OF TENLEYTOWN IN MAPS/BIENNIAL MEMBERS MEETING

Brian Kraft talked about Tenleytown’s growth from the Civil War to the present as shown in maps.
            Baist 1919



2014

ART DECO IN WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE
Co-sponsored by Friends of the Tenley Friendship Library
Speaker: Richard Striner

Author talk about the recently released Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities.







IMMACULATA CORNERSTONE OPENING
Immaculata Alumnae Association at Yuma Study Center

Opening of cornerstones from 1955 buildings razed to make way for Washington College of Law/AU buildings.







TENLEYTOWN WALKING TOUR
In cooperation with Cultural Tourism DC

Included the Methodist Cemetery, Fort Reno, Grant Road Historic District and Armesleigh Park







VISIT TO PEABODY ROOM, GEORGETOWN LIBRARY
Host: Jerry McCoy, Special Collections Librarian

Introduction to special collections on DC history







TENLEYTOWN IN THE DISTRICT’S EARLY ROAD NETWORK
Speaker: Don Hawkins

Traced the histories of roads that led to Tenleytown's development.

2013

TOUR OF THE YUMA STUDY CENTER (former Convent of Bon Secours)

Members' tour of the recently completed addition and restored Convent.



BIENNIAL MEETING

Biennial business meeting for members. Local residents John Derrick and Bonnie Coe shared reminiscences.







PRE-CONSTRUCTION TOUR OF IMMACULATA - AU TENLEY CAMPUS

Members' tour of the interior of Immaculata prior to its renovation and incorporation into the new construction of the Washington College of Law.







"THE CIVIL WAR DEFENSES OF WASHINGTON, DC"
(in cooperation with the D.C. Archives)

Speakers: Dr. B. F. Cooling and Gary Thompson and Loretta Neumann

Review of the construction of the Civil War Defenses of Washington, the Battle of Fort Stevens, and related events and context, such as the April 16, 1862 passage of the D.C. Emancipation Act.

2012

Tour of Mt. Vernon Seminary (now Dept. of Homeland Security)

Members only tour of the original Mt. Vernon Seminary buildings and chapel.



Grant Road Historic District Celebration

Community invited to visit open houses and gardens and to celebrate the installation of historic district signs.







Visit to Water Towers at Fort Reno (WASA)

The Civil War History of the Site - Jason Hegy
Reminiscence - Charles Quade
The Cold War Communications Tower - Albert LaFrance


Open to THS members and their guests




Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation in D.C. (co-sponsored by the D.C. Archives)
          "The Triumph of Freedom: The Story of D.C. Emancipation" - C. R. Gibbs
          "Lafayette, We Are Here: A Story of a Family of Free Blacks in the City
                 of Washington"
- Donet D. Graves, Esq.




An Evening with the Authors of Capital Splendor (Co-sponsored by Friends of Tenley Friendship Library)


Authors Barbara Glickman and Valerie Brown introduced their brand new book on gardens and parks, including Tudor Place and Mount Vernon, in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.




2011

"Mr. Lincoln's City Goes to War, 1861."

Dr. B. F. Cooling, author of Mr. Lincoln's Forts, talked about Washington, DC during the Civil War, including specific references to the role of Fort Reno and Tenleytown. 


Tenleytown Walking Tour

In cooperation with Cultural Tourism DC. Focused on Civil War Tenleytown. Tour leader Frank Haendler at left. 


Dumblane Centennial Celebration

Special event to celebrate Dumblane’s first century. Talks by Sandra Jenkins, Independent Decorative Arts Scholar, on the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Scott Scholz, Museum Curator, Dumbarton House on Dumblane from construction to the present 


The Cold War and Tenleytown

Albert LaFrance, an amateur historian, talked about the region's Cold War era national security and telecommunications infrastructure and the role of the "third water tower" at Fort Reno. 

2010

Tenleytown Heritage Trail Launch

Judith Beck Helm, the author of Tenleytown, DC: Country Village into City Neighborhood, shared her knowledge of Tenleytown as part of the Heritage Trail launch festivities. 

Top of the Town - The installation of the Tenleytown Trail was celebrated with talks at Fort Reno, Open Houses along the trail, and music provided by Middle C students. 



Tenleytown Walking Tour

In cooperation with Cultural Tourism DC

Authors’ Evening

Four local authors talked about their recent books: Steve Dryden Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital; Jim Johnston (with Margaret Loughboro,) The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough; Paul Sluby Bury Me Deep: Burial Places Past and Present in and Nearby Washington, DC, A Historical Review and Reference Manual; Elizabeth Smith Brownstein Mr. Lincoln’s Cottage.
 

2009

American University Park/Robeyville Multi-property Document

Panel presentation of the document, what it does and doesn’t do, and possible effects of listing one’s property in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites. Panel: David Maloney, SHPO, DC Historic Preservation Office; Carol Goldman, President, the L’Enfant Trust; Frank Haendler, Grant Road Historic District homeowner; Todd Monash, owner, The Hilleary T. Burrows House, listed in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites; Julie Six, Realtor, Long & Foster.

Tenleytown Walking Tour

In cooperation with Cultural Tourism DC

An Evening with the Loughboroughs

Jim Johnston shared his research on the Loughboro family who once had an estate in Tenleytown called Grasslands, no longer extant. That research included Margaret Loughborough’s Recollections of her life in Richmond during the Civil War and is the basis for The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough.
 


2008

DC Highest Natural Elevation Ceremony

Formal recognition of DC’s highest natural elevation, located at Fort Reno near Deal Middle School, was celebrated by local residents as well as representatives from the National Park Service, the Highpointers Club, the DC Association of Land Surveyors, and others. Program planned in cooperation with the National Park Service and Tenleytown Neighbors Association. 


2007

Dumblane in the Spring

A visit to Tenleytown’s Arts and Crafts house with the garden in bloom. 


2006

Tenleytown Walking Tour (April)

In cooperation with Cultural Tourism DC and Tenleytown Neighbors Association.

Visit to WASA Site at Fort Reno
Visitors toured the various buildings, including the interior of the second (grey stone) water tower and one of the ‘keeper’s’ houses. The manager of the site provided information about the site’s operations. 


2005

Mr. Lincoln, Tenleytown and the Civil War
Dr. Benjamin Cooling, co-author of Mr. Lincoln's Forts, National Park Service Ranger Ron Harvey, and THS member Jason Hegy, provided a lively and informative discussion of the role of Fort Reno and Tenleytown in the Civil War.

150th Anniversary of The Methodist Cemetery – with The Methodist Cemetery
Association and Tenleytown Neighbors Association (TNA)

Margaret Amundson, CG, and Diane Tamayo talked about different aspects of genealogy relating to the families of those interred at the cemetery. There was a short service of rededication.

Historic Preservation and Eminent Domain: How the Recent Supreme Court Decision Might Affect Your Neighborhood
Dorn McGrath, Professor Emeritus, GWU, former chairman of the Departments of Urban and Regional Planning and Geography, former Chairman of Committee of 100 on the Federal City, Fellow of AICP, and a resident of Forest Hills, provided some insight on how city planning, historic preservation and the eminent domain decision could affect our neighborhoods.

Peirce Mill Tour and Picnic
Introduction to the Mill’s history by a Rock Creek Park ranger. Walk led by Richard Abbott, President of Friends of Peirce Mill, and THS member.

Tour of New Condominiums at Cityline
David Maloney from the DC Historic Preservation Office provided background on the project to add condominiums to the landmarked Sears Roebuck building at the corner of Albemarle Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Representatives of Madison Marquette/Roadside Development then showed a video of the new building taking shape after which participants were able to tour a number of the not quite finished units.

Celebration of Lily Spandorf

In April we celebrated the life and art of Lily Spandorf who adopted the city of Washington as her own and captured its essence and many of its lost buildings in her art.   Her "Never More" collection of paintings of buildings no longer in existence is owned by The Historical Society of Washington, and is the subject of a book entitled Washington Never More. Lily Spandorf spent many of her weekends in Tenleytown.   Her painting of the Chappell house, razed to permit construction of the homes at Nebraska Avenue and Albemarle Street, is reproduced on the cover of Judith Helm's Tenleytown, DC:   Country Village into City Neighborhood.


2004

2nd House and Garden Tour

Tour included homes in Grant Road Historic District, Mt. Airy, and American University Park, built from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s.   Also included were Eldbrooke United Methodist Church and The Methodist Cemetery.

The Geography of Tenleytown:   Hills and Valleys

A lecture by Richard Randall, Ph.D. explaining how geography shaped Tenleytown's development.   Its elevation (the highest natural elevation in the city is located on the grounds of Fort Reno) provided a strategic advantage to troops stationed at Fort Reno during the Civil War.


2003

2nd House and Garden Tour

House and Garden Tour
Tour included eight houses built between c. 1875 and 1941.


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