|Henderson Castle on 16th, demolished in 1949. The walls still exist.|
Architectural historian Kimberly Prothro Williams, DC Office of Planning, will give a presentation on the history of the Meridian Hill neighborhood.This is one of the few times I've heard of the Meridian Hill neighborhood, but in any case, the history of the area is pretty interesting.
She will answer questions like:
- What is that piece of stone castle wall at 16th Street and Florida Avenue?
- How did Meridian Hill become a park?
There really was a castle on 16th, the Henderson Castle. The Henderson family who built it were interesting folks: John Brooks Henderson was a senator from Missouri and with his wife Mary Foote Henderson, they bought a lot of the land around Meridian Hill, developing it as mansions and embassies. Mary successfully lobbied Congress to get them to make it a park and unsuccessfully lobbied them to move the Presidential home to Meridian Hill Park. There's a bit more on the Wikipedia page and a lot more in this book, Washington, D.C. Off the Beaten Path, 4th: A Guide to Unique Places, on Google. The castle was demolished in 1949 but the walls on 16th Street still exist.
Sure to be an interesting presentation.