Adjoining Chevy Chase DC, “Reno City” was a thriving community a century ago, heavily African American but integrated. Its disappearance in the 1920s had racial overtones. Washington City Paper in November, will discuss Reno’s disappearance. Joining Neil on a panel to explore these issues will be Carl Lankowski of Historic Chevy Chase DC, L. Paige Whitley, who is engaged in research on an African American cemetery connected to the Reno neighborhood, and Carolyn Long of Tenleytown Historical Soceity. Jane Waldmann of the Tenleytown Historical Society will offer introductory remarks. There will be an opportunity to view Tenleytown Historical Society’s exhibit on the history of Reno City and Reno School.
HCCDC's Keene Taylor will lead a one hour walk though Chevy Chase DC starting and ending at the Avalon Theater on Connecticut Avenue. Expert in community history, Taylor ranges over the early pre-development history, the early 20th Century years in which the neighborhood was formalized into its current shape and the periods since. He will describe the variety of architectural styles, the relationship to Chevy Chase Maryland and show us the oldest residence in the neighborhood and the site of Colonel Belt's original house. There is a lot to pack into a leisurely stroll of about an hour, and Taylor can answer almost any question you may have. Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-329-6816
At the Chevy Chase Community Center - Wednesday November 16 7:30 pm
Historic Chevy Chase DC (HCCDC) sponsors an evening event on "Kit Houses in Chevy Chase and the rest of DC" by realtor and kit-house (e.g., Sears, Lewis Mnfg, Alladin) expert, Catarina Bannier. Bannier, who is also collaborating with HCCDC on a kit-house data-base project, will present a slide-show-featuring some astonishing graphics on local/area kit-houses, reprise the history of the kit-house movement, and relate some surprising anecdotes about this important aspect of our neighborhood architectural heritage.
Dr. Blair Ruble, author of Washington's U Street: A Biography (2010) will give a talk on Wednesday April 27 at the Chevy Chase Community center. Admission is free.
Chevy Chase DC was planned as a white suburban enclave, with racial covenants in place as the community expanded rapidly in the 1920s. Although the housing boom subsided in the depressed 1930s, another wave of arrivals associated with the New Deal era populated all of the District. Dr Ruble will describe the appearance of the nation's first thriving black middle class and its effect on Jim Crow traditions throughout the city.
Dr. Ruble's presentation and discussion will be followed at 8:45 p.m. by a short HCCDC business meeting at which all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.