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Celebrating 40 Years of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978!
In December 1978, the Council of the District of Columbia and Mayor Walter Washington declared as a matter of public policy that the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of properties of historical, cultural and aesthetic merit are in the interests of the health, prosperity and welfare of the people of the District of Columbia.
The Recorder of Deeds Building, designed by the Office of the Municipal Architect under Nathan C. Wyeth, and built between 1941-43, was one component of a municipal complex planned for the Judiciary Square area. Its “stripped classical” style, popularized by Paul Cret and Bertram Goodhue, echoes that of the District of Columbia Municipal Center one block east.
The building is currently vacant with a failing roof, and broken windows leaving it open to the elements.
Read more about the ROD here.
Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle is the only remaining bridge along the former trolley line linking Georgetown and Glen Echo, Maryland in the District of Columbia. This line, constructed in 1896, provided the transportation to a ‘trolley’ park and thousands of Washingtonians used the line annually to access the Glen Echo Amusement Park.
The Trestle has potential to be revitalized as an historic attraction and a pedestrian and cycling path. Sign the petition to ask Mayor Bowser to #SaveTheTrestle and allow DDOT to complete its trail planning.
Click here to sign the petition!
Events and Education
November 15th @7pm
November 5th @6:30pm
Octoberber 19th @10am
Octoberber 6th @1:30pm