Day 119

Shepherd Park (December 13, 2020)

After spending the last few weeks walking around downtown we returned to the suburbs and started exploring Sherpherd Park. Tucked into the northernmost corner of the District it is a quiet neighborhood of single family homes. It takes its name from Alexander Robey Shepherd, the governor of the then territory of the District from 1873 to 1874 who lived in the neighborhood.

Shepherd Park used to be covered by restrictive covenants put in place by developers that prohibited sales to blacks and Jews. The covenants stood until after World War II when the Supreme Court struck them down as unconstitutional. At that point, speculators, in a practice called blockbusting, would move a black family into a block that otherwise had white residents. The speculators would then tell the white residents that property values would imminently fall and pressure the white families to the sell their houses to the speculators. The speculators would then sell the homes to other black families at large profits. Starting in 1958, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association led efforts to fight blockbusting and the neighborhood has remained integrated.

The vast majority of houses in the neighborhood are brick colonials or tudors.

However, there are a variety other styles as well.

Including these two side-by-side modern homes.

In most neighborhoods we have found at least one or two residents who are willing to show their individualism either by selecting unusual color choices.

Or by displaying unusual yard art.

At the heart of the neighborhood is Shepherd Elementary School. Like virtually every other school we have passed it also has undergone a recent renovation.

The neighborhood also has an attractive local library, opened in 1990, and named for Juanita Thornton, a local teacher and community activist.

Day 118

Potomac River / National Mall (December 11, 2020)

On a clear late Autumn day we walked along the banks of the Potomac River which separates the District from neighboring Virginia. In fact, there are two rivers that run through Washington, the other being the Anacostia. However, the Anacostia is less well known and may be one of the country’s shortest rivers with a length of just 8.7 miles. Much more impressive is the Potomac which is approximately 405 miles long, reaching all the way from West Virginia to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In terms of area it is the 21st largest river in the United States. Potomac is the European spelling of Patawomeck, the Alonquian name of a Native American village on its southern bank. It means river of swans. The river was very severely polluted up until the later half of the twentieth century. However, since the enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1972 the river has undergone a massive cleanup. So much so that it is not uncommon to see people fishing along its banks or out on boats.

Potomac River View toward Virginia

In prime location for views over the river is the Watergate apartment and hotel complex.

The Watergate

Next to the Watergate is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center opened in 1971 and contains a concert hall, an opera house, a theater and numerous smaller performance venues. The massive main building was designed by Edward Durell Stone. Because of its rectangular shape, it is sometimes known as the Kleenex Box.

The Kennedy Center

Along the front of the Center is a beautiful terrace that overlooks the Potomac.

The Kennedy Center Terrace
View from the Terrace

Etched into the marble that lines the outside of the center are a number of JFK quotes referencing the arts.

Recently, the center opened a number of new pavilions called The Reach, that include studios, classrooms and rehearsal spaces.

Skylight Pavilion and Blue sculpture

We loved Joel Shapiro’s monumental sculpture of a dancer, called Blue, that is on the grounds of the center.

Blue

Helicopters are a constant sight flying along on the river.

By our count, there are six bridges crossing the Potomac in the District. Hands down the most attractive is Arlington Memorial Bridge, which crosses between the Lincoln Memorial on the District side and Arlington National Cemetery on the Virginia side. Designed by architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, it opened in 1932 at a cost of $7.25 million.

Arlington Memorial Bridge

It is looking particularly good at the moment having just been the subject of a $227 million renovation and cleaning.

Standing at the entrance of the Bridge on the District side are two gilded statues, called the Arts of War. They were sculpted by the American sculptor, Leo Friedlander and cast in Italy. The Arts of War consists of two statues, Valor and Sacrifice, both in Art Deco style. They consist of a bearded, muscular male nude symbolic of Mars, the god of war and a semi-nude female.

Next to the bridge is a broad flight of stairs that reaches down from the Lincoln Memorial to the river. They are a peculiar flight of stairs because they are bisected by a busy road.

The Watergate Steps were originally intended to act as a dock for visiting dignitaries and politicians disembarking off the Potomac and entering the capital. That plan didn’t work out and they then became a concert space. An orchestra would play on a barge docked in the river while the audience listened from the steps. The concerts went on from 1935 until 1965 when they were cancelled because noise from planes flying out from nearby National Airport drowned out the music. So they now stand as a set of stairs leading to nowhere. However, they aren’t completely without worth, as they are popular with exercisers using them to run up and down.

We wrote about the Lincoln Memorial in a recent post but thought we would take this opportunity to show what it looks like from the river and from the side.

Sitting near to the Lincoln Memorial is the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The memorial includes a mural wall, a Pool of Remembrance and 19 larger than life stainless steel statues depicting a platoon on patrol.

The statues were designed by the American sculptor Frank Gaylord. Gaylord served in the United States Army during World War II where he saw action in Africa, Europe and the Middle East and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for bravery.

Near to the Korean War Memorial is another War Memorial, honoring District residents who served in World War I. Built in 1931, it is a domed peristyle Doric temple.

One of the more surprising memorials that we have come upon is this one honoring John Ericcson, the inventor of the screw propeller. Ericsson was born in Sweden but was active in England and the United States. He designed the United States Navy’s first screw-propelled steam frigate, USS Princeton, as well as the USS Monitor, the ship that ensured Union naval supremacy during the American Civil War. The memorial, sculpted by the American sculptor James Earle Fraser was dedicated in 1926.

Tucked in by the river at the end of the National Mall are a number of beach volleyball courts. Normally, this is a bustling place but during these covid times they have now all be closed off to prevent close contact.

Day 117

The National Mall (December 5, 2020)

On a blustery early December day we headed back down to the National Mall. We started out on the Ellipse, a 52 acre park between the White House and the Washington Monument. It is, normally, a nice place to get a view of the south side of the White House but there are now so many security fences that you can barely see it. However, we were able to see the National Christmas Tree which, no doubt, is more impressive lit up at night but was decidedly underwhelming during the day.

National Christmas Tree

Sitting next to the Christmas tree is the Zero Milestone marker monument. It was originally intended to be the initial milestone from which all road distances in the United States would be measured. However, at present, only roads in the Washington DC area have distances measured from it.

Zero Milestone

Sitting on the grounds of the nearby National Academy of Sciences is one of our favorite and least known Washington memorials. The Albert Einstein Memorial is a monumental bronze statue by sculptor Robert Berks that was unveiled in 1979. It is situated just off Constitution Avenue in an elm and holly grove, so it is not easy to see from the road. In a city of formal memorials this one is much more approachable and has become a favorite spot for people to take photos sitting on his knee.

Along the back of the bench, behind the statue, are famous quotations from the scientist. A couple of them seemed particularly relevant to current times.

“As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.”

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.”

The statue and bench are at one side of a circular dais. If you stand at the center of the dais where a number of lines meet, Einstein appears to be looking directly at you and when you speak your words are notably amplified.

The National Academy of Sciences is a United States non-profit, non-governmental organization. Members are elected based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the academy is one of the highest honors in the scientific field. Founded in 1863, as a result of an Act of Congress that was approved by Abraham Lincoln, the NAS is charged with “providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. … to provide scientific advice to the government whenever called upon by any government department” Unfortunately, the current government does not appear to be seeking that input.

National Academy of Sciences

Across Constitution Avenue from the Einstein Memorial and even more hidden from the road is the Vietnam War Memorial. It is one of Washington’s simplest but most effective memorials. Designed by American architect, Maya Lin, it was completed in 1982. It consists primarily of a memorial wall made up of two long granite walls that are sunken into the ground. At the highest point where the two walls meet, the walls rise to over ten feet. At the lowest point at each end to they taper to just eight inches. The wall includes the names of 58,320 American service members who are either classified as “declared dead” (denoted by a diamond next to the name) or are missing in action (denoted by a cross). It is not a complete list because some names have been omitted at the request of families.

Vietnam War Memorial

Perhaps Washington’s most iconic memorial stands at the western end of the National Mall.

The Lincoln Memorial

Taking the form of a neoclassical temple, the Lincoln Memorial was designed by Henry Bacon and dedicated in 1922.

Sitting inside the Memorial is a large sculpture of Lincoln sitting in contemplation. It is by the American sculptor, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) and is another popular selfie spot.

A beautiful porch surrounds the Memorial supported by 36 columns, representing each of the states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death.

From the front steps of the Memorial there is a beautiful view over the Reflecting Pond back over the National Mall toward the Washington Monument.

The Memorial has become a symbolically important venue, especially for the Civil Rights movement. The African-American singer Marian Anderson sang there at the suggestion of Eleanor Roosevelt, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to perform before an integrated audience at their nearby Constitution Hall. On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Memorial to an estimated 250,000 people.

It has also been included in numerous books, films and televisions show. In the 1994 movie, Forest Gump, Forrest (Tom Hanks) gives a speech from the memorial steps before wading into the reflecting pond to reunite with his friend Jenny.

Near to the Memorial is the Headquarters of the United States Institute of Peace. The building, noted for its unique roof, conveying a dove’s wings, was designed by architect Moshe Safdie.

The United States Institute of Peace

The Institute is an American federal institution tasked with promoting conflict resolution and prevention worldwide. It provides research, analysis, and training to individuals in diplomacy, mediation, and other peace-building measures. To that end it is well located, because it is very close to the headquarters of the Department of State.

We made a mental note to return to the Department of State in the springtime because they were in the middle of planting thousands of tulip bulbs.

We completed the walk, passing by the headquarters of an organization that has been much in the news of late. The Pan American Health Organization serves as the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. This year the PAHO has filed for landmark status for its Modernist headquarters which were built in 1965. The building was designed by the renowned Uruguayan Modernist architect Roman Fresnedo Siri.

Day 116

The National Mall (November 24, 2020)

A guest from California joined us on today’s walk. Kylie had never been to Washington D.C. so we took her for a tour around the National Mall.

First off, we passed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Founded in 1862, the Bureau produces American bank notes (coins are made by the United States Mint). The Bureau has two locations, the other is in aptly named Fort Worth, Texas.

We also passed the rather formidable Department of Agriculture.

But mainly we passed by the numerous museums that line the Mall, including the following

The United States Holocaust Museum
The Freer Gallery of Art
The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
The National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of American History

In a city full of sculpture, our favorite sits at the entrance of the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art.

Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece was sculpted in 1976-78 by the British sculptor, Henry Moore.

Between the two wings of the National Gallery of Art is a plaza that includes some mirrored sculptures. They bring light to an underground passage way and cafeteria that links the two buildings.

Sitting between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial is one of the Mall’s newest Memorials. Opened in 2004, it is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. It consists of 56 granite pillars, arranged in a semicircle around a plaza with triumphal arches on opposite sides. Each of the pillars is inscribed with the name of one of the states of 1945, as well as the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Northern arch is inscribed with “Atlantic”, the southern one “Pacific”, signifying the two theaters of war.

Just off the Mall and on the shore of the Tidal Basin is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Opened in 2011, it consists of a massive granite statue of the civil rights leader, carved by Chinese sculptor, Lei Yixin.

From the Memorial there is a beautiful view over the Tidal Basin to the Washington Monument.

Just around the Tidal Basin from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is a memorial to another great American. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is dedicated to the 32nd President of the United States. Dedicated in 1997, it spreads over 7.5 acres through a sequence of four outhdoor rooms, one for each of FDR’s terms of office. There are a number of statues depicting the President and scenes from the Great Depression.

Throughout the Memorial are carved FDR quotes. Many seemed particularly poignant during these times. They reminded us what it was like to have a President who can speak in complete sentences.

Day 115

Downtown / Penn Quarter / Chinatown (November 20, 2020)

There is a mix of modern and traditional buildings in this part of the District which makes for some interesting juxtapositions.

One beautiful old building in the neighborhood is the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. The building was dedicated in 1908 by the Adas Israel Congregation. However, when the congregation moved to a larger space in 1951 the building was sold to the Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church. The church, in turn, moved fifty years later and three local Jewish developers purchased and restored the building to its original roots as a synagogue. It was rededicated and reopened in 2004. The synagogue offers Jewish programs but it is more well known in the District for its cultural events and live entertainment. Famous speakers, writers, musicians and comedians have all performed there. A while back we saw the Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk give a reading there followed by an interview. If you don’t know his work, we suggest you check it out. To our minds he is one of the world’s great living writers. The Swedish Academy obviously agree because they awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006.

The synagogue at Sixth & I is not, in fact, the oldest synagogue in the city. That honor goes to a modest brick building that was constructed in 1876, and was the original home of the Adas Israel congregation. Much like the Jewish people, it has spent many years finding a permanent home. It was moved in 1969 from its original location to make way for the new Metro headquarters. Then in 2016 it was again moved to make way for a new development. Finally, in 2019, it was moved to its current position.

Over the years, the small synagogue has played a number of roles. As well as being a synagogue, it has been an African American church, a Greek Orthodox church, a deli, a barbershop, a barbecue restaurant, a bicycle store and a coffee shop. Next the synagogue will be encased by a new $34 million facility and reimagined as the Capital Jewish Museum, dedicated to Jewish life in Washington. It is slated to open in 2021.

We passed another red brick building, although one that was slightly larger than the synagogue. The National Building Museum is dedicated to “architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. The building, completed in 1887, initially housed the United States Pension Bureau but was converted into a museum in the 1980s.

It is a massive building. Inside is an atrium so large (96×35 meters), that model planes have been flown around inside it. Over the years, it has been a popular place to host inaugural balls.

Another structure with a beautiful atrium is the building that houses the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. The building was originally the Old Patent Office Building but was turned into museums in 1968. In 2000 the building closed for a massive renovation that included enclosing the central courtyard with a glass roof designed by Norman Foster, the famous British architect.

Every year, a holiday market springs up on F Street in front of the museum. It’s a great place to find holiday gifts.

There are a large number of residential buildings in the neighborhood. One of our favorites is this building. And it’s not just that our good friend Rob lives there, although it does help.

Passing through Chinatown, we noticed that the pedestrian crossings included the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

Aptly, in a year dominated by a pandemic that has extended to the four corners of the world, 2020 is the year of the rat, an animal forever linked with the Black plague, the deadliest pandemic in modern history.

Day 114

Shaw (November 19, 2020)

Walking again through the Shaw neighborhood, we were struck at the variety of row houses that we passed.

We’re starting to see Autumn decorations. Inevitably they must include a pumpkin or two.

There also some surviving halloween decorations. This was one of the more bizarre that we have come across.

We like the way that residents are taking over empty lots to create community gardens.

There are also some cool alleys in the neighborhood.

The District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995 made charter schools part of the public-education system in the District. Today almost half of the District’s public school students attend a charter school. Among the most well known are the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools. KIPP DC has 18 campuses throughout the city, including the KIPP DC Shaw Campus that we walked by on P Street. There are currently about 6,800 KIPP students from PreK to twelfth grade.

Day 113

Shaw / Penn Quarter (November 16, 2020)

On a crisp Autumn day we walked back and forth between the Shaw and the Penn Quarter neighborhoods.

We walked by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, advertised to be the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The museum, housed in a former Masonic Temple, includes more than 4,500 pieces of art including works by Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Next up we passed the Warner Theatre. The Theatre was built in 1924 as a movie theatre, presenting silent movies and live vaudeville acts. It is named for Harry Warner, one of the founders of Warner Brothers that owned the theatre. Some of the biggest acts of the 1930s and 1940s performed at the theatre, including Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Duke Ellington. But by the 1970s, it had fallen into disrepair and for a short time was used to screen pornographic movies. In 1989 it was closed for renovations and reopened in 1992. Frank Sinatra performed at the reopening of the theatre, his last DC performance.

Warner Theatre

Around the corner from the Warner on Pennsylvania Avenue, just a few blocks from the White House, is one of Washington’s most controversial hotels. The Trump International Hotel opened in 2016 in what used to be the city’s main General Post Office. The building is in Richardsonian Romanesque style, named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson. It was completed in 1899 at a cost of $3 million. Right from the start for the hotel, there was controversy. Celebrity chefs Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian pulled out of deals to open restaurants in the hotel after Donald Trump made controversial comments about Mexicans during the 2016 election campaign. Since he has become President there have been a number of cases arguing that Trump is violating the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the United States constitution which prohibits those in the federal government from profiting from their position. Litigation is ongoing.

Trump International Hotel

Near to the hotel is one of the most important sites in United States history. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was enjoying a play at Ford’s Theatre when he was shot and fatally wounded by John Wilkes Booth.

Ford’s Theatre

Lincoln did not die in the Theatre. He was carried across the road to the house of tailor, William Peterson. There he was placed on the bed in the first-floor bedroom – diagonally because of his unusual height. Many people came to visit him during the night before he eventually died the next morning at 7:22 am.

Petersen House

The Penn Quarter used to be the home of many large department stores. Virtually all of them have now closed, including the flagship store of Woodward & Lothrop, known locally as Woodies, which closed its doors in 1995. The building, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, has stood in its current form since 1925. When we passed, it appeared to be empty and we are not sure what its future holds.

A less ornate building, but just as fascinating is the Old Greyhound bus Terminal on New York Avenue. The deco style terminal opened in 1940 but by the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair and developers wanted to demolish it. In response, a group of preservationists successfully mobilized to get the structure designated as a historic landmark. It now acts as the lobby of building that rises behind it.

Day 112

Downtown / Federal Triangle / National Mall (November 13, 2020)

After two days of heavy rain, the skies finally cleared and we headed downtown on a gorgeous Autumn day.

This weekend, there is a Trump rally here in the District. In this predominantly Democrat town it was strange to see people wandering around wearing Trump shirts and no masks while trucks drove by bearing Trump signs and blasting YMCA. It seems to us to be an unlikely song to be adopted by the Trump community as its theme song. However, there is a lot about the Trump movement that we find hard to explain.

We are not sure if this dog was a Trump supporter but it definitely was the most extravagantly pampered dog that we have come across during our walks.

With the possibility of riots breaking out between Trump supporters and counter-protesters at the upcoming rally, many of the buildings downtown continued to be boarded up.

We saw “Fire Control Room” written at a number of places and thought that it would make a good name for a band.

We passed by a couple of Washington’s most iconic establishments. The Old Ebbitt Grill is a historic bar and restaurant. In one form or other the Grill has been around since the early 1800s but has been at its current location since 1983.

The Willard Hotel has been at its current location since 1847. The present Beaux-Arts style hotel, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, opened in 1901. Many Presidents have stayed at the hotel over the years. Faced with several assassination threats, Abraham Lincoln was smuggled in to the hotel where he stayed for a couple of weeks until his inauguration in 1861. In April 1922, the Vice President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was staying in the hotel when fire broke out and guests were evacuated. When he attempted to re-enter the hotel he was asked to identify himself by a fire marshall to which his response was “I’m the Vice President”. The unimpressed fire marshall relied “What are you Vice President of?” Other famous guests have included Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, The Duke of Windsor, Harry Houdini, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens and Martin Luther King Jr. who wrote his famous “I have a Dream” speech in his room at the hotel in 1963.

We liked the look of this bank with its ornate decoration.

We passed a number of massive Federal Government buildings, including the Commerce Department building

The Department of the Treasury

and the Department of Agriculture

The largest of them all was the Ronald Reagan building. At 3.1 million square feet it is the second largest federal building in the United States. Only the Pentagon is bigger.

In front of the Ronald Reagan building is the Oscar S. Straus Memorial, commemorating the accomplishments of the first Jew to serve in the cabinet of a U.S. president. Straus was the Secretary of Commerce and Labor under Theodore Roosevelt from 1906 to 1909. The memorial consists of a fountain and four statues.

One of the statues contains a quote by Joseph Addison (1672-1719), the English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. The full quote reads “The voice of reason is more to be regarded than the bent of any present inclination; since inclination will at length come over to reason, though we can never force reason to comply with inclination.” It seemed an apt quote for these times, when reason often seems to come a distant second to inclination.

Sitting on Freedom Plaza is another impressive government building. The Wilson Building houses the municipal offices and chambers of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia. It is named for a long term Council member and former Council Chair, John A. Wilson. Wilson was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Malcolm X once called Wilson “one of the funniest guys in the movement.” Wilson wrote the District’s tough anti-hate crimes laws as well as its human rights law, which is one of the most comprehensive in the country. Tragically, he committed suicide in 1993.

We also passed one of the District’s most important museums. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States’ official memorial to the Holocaust. The museum opened in 1993 and provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.

Day 111

Howard University / LeDroit Park (November 9, 2020)

On another beautiful day we once again walked around the campus of Howard University and neighboring LeDroit Park.

William H. Greene Stadium is the 7000 seat home of the Howard Bison football and soccer teams. It is named in honor of a Washington DC physician.

We also passed the Ira Aldridge Theater. The theater serves as the home and main performance space for the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard. It is named for Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807-1867) an African American actor who specialized in Shakespearean roles. Aldridge was born in New York City, but facing the persistent discrimination that black actors had to endure at the time, emigrated to England in 1824. He had a very successful career in Europe and is the only actor of African-American descent to be honored with a bronze plaque at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.

We liked this wall sculpture called “Students Aspire” by the artist Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett, who died in 2012, was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor whose works often focus on the African-American experience in the 20th century. The grandchild of slaves, she was born and raised in Washington D.C. and is a graduate of Howard.

We have noticed many corner stores during our walks. This in one of the prettiest.

Sitting across the McMillan reservoir from Howard is the Children’s National Hospital. It is ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country with over 300 beds.

Day 110

Howard University / Le Droit Park (November 6, 2020)

Today we walked through the campus of Howard University and neighboring LeDroit Park. Howard is a private, federally chartered historically black university. Tracing its history back to 1867, it is named after General Oliver Otis Howard, a Civil War hero, who founded the university. The campus covers 256 acres and caters to around 10,000 students. Among its distinguished alumni are the next Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.

Walking through the campus, we noticed the distinguished building photographed below. We assumed it was part of the University but wondered why it was surrounded by a high fence. Turns out that it is what surely must be one of the world’s grandest looking pumping stations.

Neighboring Howard is historic LeDroit Park. Originally, the neighborhood was for whites only. However, after multiple actions by Howard University students and others, the neighborhood became integrated. By the 1940s, it had become a major focal point for the African-American elite of the time with many prominent figures residing there.

The following house looked just to be another beautiful old house in the neighborhood.

However, walking around the back showed a surprising and extensive underground renovation under way.

Not all of the houses are so majestic. We liked this house which reminded us of a house that you would see in a Western movie.

Howard University, like Georgetown University and George Washington University, has an affiliated hospital. It is the nation’s only teaching hospital on the campus of a historically black college. The 300 bed hospital sits on the site of Griffith Stadium that was the home of the Washington football and baseball teams until 1965.