Walking Tour of Washington DC's Historic Emerald Street: October 8, 2016

05 Oct 2016 8:38 AM | Christine R Henry

Emerald Street, NE (between E/F and 13th/14th Streets) has a fascinating history.  In 1892, speculators transformed the square from empty space to 169 rowhouse lots and a new one-block street, today's Emerald Street.  Developers immediately bought lots and within a year were already building houses for Capitol Hill's growing middle-class market.  Emerald Street became a street of  Queen Anne houses.  Emerald Street's history reflects Washington's history - after a boom period as a middle-class neighborhood, disinvestment set in by the 1950s.  The riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 devastated H Street, NE.  Emerald Street was included in the H Street Urban Renewal Area, and many houses were rehabilitated by DC Redevelopment Land Agency.  Today, Emerald Street is a vibrant community. 

 Image of 1300 Block of Emerald Street courtesy of Google.com

            Come on a free walking tour and learn about Emerald Street's interesting history.


Saturday, October 8,  10 am

Meet at 13th and Emerald Streets, NE

Tours will go on rain or shine

Free, open to the public

For more details, or to RSVP (optional), contact the CHRS office at: caphrs@aol.com or (202) 543-0425.

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