Historic Chevy Chase DC
HCCDC is celebrating its 30th year 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!
“Planning Our Future” Events on April 28, May 19, and June 9
Oral histories of eight descendants of Chevy Chase DC’s Broad Branch Community of Black landowners evicted in the 1920s are now being conducted by college students as part of an academic-community partnership between HCCDC and the University of the District of Columbia. The histories, to be documented on this website, are the first phase of …
Historians Neil Flanagan and Kimberly Bender have shared a recording of their Feb. 24 Zoom presentation about how a Black housing development in what is now Friendship Heights was scuttled by white developers. The pre-recorded portion of the event followed by a live Q&A is now posted on YouTube here. The program, sponsored by DC …
Recording with Sarah Shoenfeld Now Available
NEW! Read about the latest intrigues of Chevy Chase DC’s past in Cate Toups Atkinson’s most recent blog post. Reach her at email@example.com
Four bungalows were built side by side on Chevy Chase Parkway in 1911. They each had identical Victorian marble fireplaces in different shades, likely salvaged from a mansion razed on Washington Circle.
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.
Historic House Plaques
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