Special Project: Art on Call
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. The Art-on-Call
project is sponsored by Cultural Tourism,
DC. Grants are awarded from the city
to local non-profit organizations
to transform the old fire and police
call boxes into local art depicting
historical elements of the neighborhood.
The THS identified eleven historical
elements to be featured on the call
boxes in Tenleytown and the immediate
surrounding area. Lena
Frumin, a Tenleytown artist, provided
the artwork for Tenleytown's historical
elements such as The Rest, Grant Road,
Fort Reno, Firehouse, churches and
schools installed at each call box.
Lincoln, Tenleytown and the Civil
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.
Anniversary of The Methodist Cemetery
– with The Methodist Cemetery
Association and Tenleytown Neighbors
The Methodist Cemetery Association,
established in 1855, marked its 150th
anniversary at an afternoon event
at the cemetery. The program included
talks by Margaret Amundson, CG, and
Diane Tamayo on different aspects
of genealogy relating to the families
of those interred at the cemetery.
There was a short service of rededication.
The cemetery is a lovely oasis as
well as the final resting place of
many of Tenleytown’s early residents.
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.
Mill Tour and Picnic
an introduction to the Mill’s
history by a Rock Creek Park ranger,
Richard Abbott, President of Friends
of Peirce Mill, and THS member, led
a walk, providing an opportunity to
get an up-close look at the only remnant
of what was once a whole series of
mills along Rock Creek in the District
of Columbia. The mill, listed on the
National Register of Historic Places,
is currently undergoing restoration.
of New Condominiums at Cityline
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.
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. A video
of Lily Spandorf was shown and reminiscences
were provided by her friend, Marija
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.
Geography of Tenleytown: Hills
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.
Dr. Randall described basic natural
features, using diagrams of early
geologic structures to illustrate