Barney Circle Neighborhood

Bounded by Potomac Ave, SE to the north, 17th Street, SE to the east, Kentucky Ave, SE to the west, and Pennsylvania Ave, SE to the south

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This neighborhood was developed during the first quarter of the 20th century to provide affordable housing for people moving to Washington as a result of World War I. The residential neighborhood is comprised of uninterrupted rows of single-family brick row houses that typify the area and define its character and identity. Largely unadorned and modest in scale and style, these two-story row houses are wider and shallower than their nineteenth century predecessors. They are characterized by their horizontal orientation, front porches and yards, and details such as overhanging eaves, mansard roofs with dormers, and brick string courses. Known as “daylight” row houses because they were designed to be only two rooms deep to ensure that each room had natural light and air, the row houses are set back from the street and read as a cohesive unit along the streetscape. Development pressures threaten to destroy the historic fabric of the neighborhood, irrevocably compromising its historic and architectural integrity.