Woodley Park

The Woodley Park neighborhood blends the hip, boho vibe of Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant to its east, posh Mass Heights on the west and the peaceful stateliness of Cleveland Park on its north to create a unique identity all it’s own.

Looking for a neighborhood that has it all, but doesn’t take itself too seriously? Woodley Park is a perfect match.

Pose with lions on the historic Taft bridge. Join an impromptu game of frisbee in Rock Creek Park. Have a hairy experience with the goliath bird-eating tarantula at the National Zoo, then forget all about it over craft cocktails at District Kitchen. Stargaze at the Planetarium. Grab a midnight pancake stack at Open City. Stroll along Gator Alley. Take in an exhibit at the Stanford Art Gallery. Devour homemade gelato at Cafe Sorriso. Never run out of adventures.

Woodley Park Neighborhood



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Neighborhood History

Kervand's "Woodley"

The earliest settlers in what is now the Woodley Park area were wagon and carriage pioneers who traveled dirt roads in search of good land. Woodley Lane was the main route for travelers in the mid-to-late 1800’s. The only businesses in the area until the 20th century were the grist and lumber mills in Rock Creek Valley. In 1875, Mrs. A.E. Kervand divided her property, which was centrally located at the heart of today’s Woodley Park, into 18 lots. She named the project “Woodley” after Philip Barton Key’s estate. The subdivision was planned to mimic the city’s successful suburbs such as Mount Pleasant and LeDroit Park, but didn’t garner buyer interest due to the lack of transportation in the area at the time. By 1878, the land had been subdivided again, this time into 31 lots, but Woodley Lane was still a dirt road lacking public transport and prospective buyers held back. By 1888, real estate investors Thomas Waggaman and John Ridout had acquired Kervand’s land. The partners renamed the subdivision “Woodley Park” and offered lots drawn to showcase the varied topography. Key to the plan was their charter of a Rock Creek Railway streetcar line that would travel along Columbia and Woodley Roads into Woodley Park.

Land Regulation

Unfortunately, in that very year, Congress passed an “Act to Regulate the Subdivision of Land Within the District of Columbia” which extended L’Enfant’s street grid to areas outside the original city boundaries. New subdivisions in Washington County were required to follow the city’s established alignment of orthogonal streets and diagonal boulevards. Subdivisions like Woodley Park that were designed with curving streets were faced with the possibility of total street redesign and the potential for condemnations of property to conform to these requirements. This halted new development in Woodley Park.

Cehvy Chase Land Company

During the late 1890’s, Rep. Francis G. Newlands of Nevada and William Stewart founded the Chevy Chase Land Company. After purchasing several thousand acres along the route that would become Connecticut Avenue, they extended the thoroughfare from Calvert Street to Chevy Chase Lake and constructed The Chevy Chase Line. The new streetcar line ran past the NW boundary of the District, linking the area to downtown. It was a boon for Woodley Park, which began to develop at a rapid pace.

The Architecture

Woodley Park’s architectural style is dominated by streets of stately 20th-century rowhouses and townhomes designed and built by a variety of notable area architects and builders. The majority were constructed between 1905-1929.

Sources: DC Historic Preservation NPS Information on this site is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Subject to change without notice.

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