Kalorama DC

Grandeur is the word that comes to mind when thinking about Kalorama DC. Old money, historic mansions and power, baby, power. Splendid architecture everywhere you look, along with embassies, barricades and Secret Service details.

Rub elbows with the rich and powerful. Better yet, become rich and powerful yourself and uphold the standards of this high-toned northwest enclave.

Must you really be wealthy to live in Kalorama? No, but "affordable" isn't a description we'd attribute to the neighborhood. Check the single family home prices. That said, our ambitious dears, even if you gain entrée with the purchase of an efficiency condo, you belong... and you’ll feel affluent and important just by association.

Take a twilight stroll past grand homes, imposing embassies and minor monuments. Breathe the rarified air as you count the residences of presidents, diplomats, Supreme Court justices, Federal Reserve bigwigs, Senators, and other impressive mucky-mucks, as well as the fabulously wealthy and notoriously famous.

Stop by So’s Your Mom for a hot pastrami. Play tennis, work out in the perfectly-manicured grass, referee the kids’ soccer game, exercise the Alsatian at Kalorama Park. Read a good book on the steps in the circle. Host a cocktail party and toast your excellent prospects with a glass of Lafite '87 (that's 1787, darling). Be the envy of all your friends. See your banker nod approvingly. Clearly, you've arrived.

Kalorama DC Neighborhood



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Neighborhood History

"Widow's Mite"

Kalorama was a rural area until the close of the 19th century, located northwest of the original limits of Washington City from L’Enfant’s original plan. In 1795, DC Commissioner Gustavus Scott bought a portion of Anthony Holmead’s “Widow's Mite” in 1795 and built a large home at 23rd and S Streets, naming it “Rock Hill.” Scott died 5 years later and his widow, Margaret, sold Rock Hill in 1803 to William Augustine Washington, who then sold it in 1807, to poet Joel Barlow before Washington's death in 1810. Barlow renamed the property “Kalorama,” which means “fine view.” Barlow enlarged and improved the home during the short time he owned it, residing there until just before his own death in 1812. Perhaps the tract was apt in its original name.

Rebuilt and Razed

The residence burned during the American Civil War when it was utilized as a Union hospital. It was rebuilt and utilized as a single-family home until 1887, only to be razed by the DC government for the extension of S Street NW.

Exempt From The Grid

In 1893 Congress ordered L’Enfant’s design of the city of Washington extended outward to include the remainder of the District. Existing developments were exempted, which is why Kalorama is one of the few portions of DC not in compliance with the city’s street grid system. Calvert Street bridge and Taft Bridge were constructed over the Rock Creek Park gorge. It still spans Rock Creek Park today, adorned with imposing concrete lions. The Westmoreland was built as an apartment house at 2122 California Street in 1906 and was converted to a co-op in 1948.

Kalorama Triangle Historic District

The Kalorama Triangle Historic District is located in DC’s Kalorama Heights neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, and on the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites since 1986, it is comprised of approximately 350 contributing properties. The Kalorama Triangle is a neighborhood within Adams Morgan, bounded by Connecticut Avenue, Calvert Street, NW and Columbia Road.

Politically Connected

Sheridan-Kalorama was the home of these former Presidents in the early 20th century: Woodrow Wilson at 2340 S Street, NW, in 1921. Woodrow Wilson House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and became a museum dedicated to Wilson’s memory; William Howard Taft at 2215 Wyoming Avenue. The house is now the Syrian Embassy; Franklin D. Roosevelt at 2131 R Street. The house is now the residence of the Ambassador of Mali; Warren Harding at 2314 Wyoming Avenue. The house is now the residence of the Ambassador of Monaco; Herbert Hoover at 2300 S St NW. The home is now the Embassy of Burma (formerly Myanmar); Barack Obama & family at Belmont Road NW. Other Kalorama residents include Supreme Court Justices Charles Evans Hughes, Louis Brandeis, Harlan F. Stone and Joseph McKenna, Federal Reserve Governors Adolph C. Miller and Frederic Adrian Delano, the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, historian Elizabeth Eisenstein, and former United States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew. Sheridan-Kalorama diplomatic residences include the home of the French Ambassador at 2221 Kalorama Road, several embassies on its south side and much of Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue.

Sources: Wikipedia Library of Congress. Information on this site is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Subject to change without notice.

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