Historic Chevy Chase DC
HCCDC is celebrating more than 32 years as a nonprofit historical society conducting research and documenting the history, design architecture, landscape, streetscape and development of Chevy Chase DC, a lovely circa-1907 community in Northwest Washington DC.
We have captured more than 32 oral histories of our residents, conducted a rigorous research study of the community’s desire for a Historic District, organize history-related talks and events and conduct a popular Historic Walking Tour every September, among many other activities. We welcome your involvement and interest!
A recording of the Jan. 18 webinar entitled, “Pushed Out: A Story of Race Relations in Chevy Chase DC,” is now available. Listen to the virtual discussion featuring authors Barbara Boyle Torrey and Clara Myrick Green here. The hour-long talk, hosted by Historic Chevy Chase DC and moderated by local activist Corey Shaw Jr., focused …
The U.S. Senate in the 1930s authorized a memorial on Chevy Chase Circle. Money was raised for theinstallation of Francis G. Newlands Memorial Fountain. Newlands’ white supremacist views led toproposals and local debate about renaming the fountain in 2014. Despite involvement by local membersof Congress, no action has been taken as of December 2022. Meanwhile, …
Chevy Chase DC was featured in the March 21, 2022, episode of WETA’s “If You Lived Here,” a show about available homes for sale and the communities that surround them. See this 3.5-minute segment of that episode that focused on Lafayette-Pointer Park and how the community has worked toward reckoning with its history of racial …
NEW! Read about the latest intrigues of Chevy Chase DC’s past in Cate Toups Atkinson’s most recent blog post. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The house at the corner of Chevy Chase Parkway and McKinley Street has long been a curiosity for its unusual architecture. But few today recall that it actually produced a Hollywood star.
HCCDC’s initiative to recognize the history of Black landowners forced out in 1928 to create Lafayette Park includes a plan to rename the park to Lafayette-Pointer Park. The letter above was written in 1829 by George Pointer, a slave who bought his own freedom at age 17 and whose descendants settled on Broad Branch.
HCCDC’s online archives hold a growing collection of social and architectural histories of Chevy Chase DC houses, including Pam and Carl Lankowski’s 1919 kit house on McKinley Street.
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