Mount Pleasant Neighborhood

Mount Pleasant DC is “The Village in The City.” An historic neighborhood with a strong sense of community and character, replete with a main street and town square. You’ll find architecturally, culturally and historically important period mansions , row houses and townhomes lining its streets.

Mount Pleasant blends historic architecture with a funky and fun feel.

Start with a charming Victorian. Add loved ones, coffee from Flying Fish, a gluten-free scone from Rise bakery and stir. Perfection. Borrow a cup of retail therapy from nearby Columbia Heights. See your neighbors at the farmer’s market. Tip the banjo player. Plant a tree. Watch your equity grow. Snuggle up with a book from a neighborhood library box. Take small people through the Heritage Trail. Wander to Meridian Hill Park with your pup. Pop over to U Street for lunch. Hike through Rock Creek Park. Find a quirky must-have at Logans Antiques. Be back in time to share a backyard dinner with neighbors. Enjoy a sense of belonging.

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Neighborhood History

Holmead Estate

Mount Pleasant was initially the estate of James Holmead. In 1727, Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore, governor of the Maryland Colony, awarded Holmead a land grant that included the territory of the neighborhoods we know today as Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Pleasant Plains. Inherited by his son Anthony in 1750, it was renamed Pleasant Plains. With the creation of the District of Columbia in 1791, it folded into Washington County and was eventually sold off. In 1850, US Treasurer William Selden purchased 73 acres north of Peirce Mill Road and built home overlooking Piney Branch Road, relocating to Virginia at the start of the Civil War and sold the property in 1862 to Samuel P. Brown. The Union Army occupied the property during the Civil War and used the house as a hospital.

Mount Pleasant Village

When the war ended Brown sold his land in parcels, naming the area Mount Pleasant Village for its attribute of having the highest elevation of the original estate. Brown kept the plot surrounding his house at 3351 Mount Pleasant Street, NW, which was unfortunately destroyed in the 1890s. Mount Pleasant settlers built wooden frame houses and worked small farms, stores and small retail establishments sprouted up at 14th and Park. Mount Pleasant was divided from DC by undeveloped land and was therefore considered rural, allowing its street grid to be laid out differently from DC’s grid.

A Growing Neighborhood

In 1870, a horse-drawn streetcar made its appearance and was operated from the retail center to downtown DC. Development accelerated after a more modern streetcar line was installed in 1903. During that time, 16th Street was extended and the neighborhood began to be associated with the area west of 16th. Mount Pleasant’s first establishments were constructed opposite the streetcar terminal at Lamont Park. A developer, Fulton Gordon, bought up a good deal of the neighborhood in 1907 and promoted the properties under the name “Mount Pleasant Heights.” The construction of homes and multifamily dwellings in the early 1900’s further populated the neighborhood and a library, partially funded by Andrew Carnegie, was erected in 1925. The budding neighborhood offered shady, tree-lined streets, terraced gardens and charming rowhouses with front porches and rear sleeping porches. Considered an upper-middle class neighborhood, Mount Pleasant was home to US Senator Robert La Follett, actress Helen Hayes, baseball pitcher Walter “Big Train” Johnson, who married at a “regular apartment at 1498 Monroe Street.”

Racial Segregation Ends

The Mount Pleasant neighborhood was racially segregated until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and ‘white flight’ increased after the 1968 riots, rowhouses were divided into rental flats for lower-income residents, some properties were neglected and much of the original landscaping was destroyed, changing the characteristics of the neighborhood. A new black and latino population began to settle in Mount Pleasant during the 1960s and affluent professionals returned in the early 1980s. Housing prices rose, homes were renovated, and during the following two decades demographics shifted again. Housing prices continued to spiral. From 2005 to the present, Mount Pleasant has seen some of the District’s strongest home value increases.

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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