Langston Terrace Dwellings

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Langston Terrace Dwellings
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Langston Terrace Dwellings is located in Washington, D.C.
Langston Terrace Dwellings
Location 21st St. N from Benning Rd. to H St., NE
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′58″N 76°58′26″W / 38.89944°N 76.97389°W / 38.89944; -76.97389Coordinates: 38°53′58″N 76°58′26″W / 38.89944°N 76.97389°W / 38.89944; -76.97389
Built 1935-1938
Architect Hilyard Robinson
Architectural style International
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 87001851[1]
Added to NRHP November 12, 1987

Langston Terrace Dwellings are historic structures located in the Kingman Park neighborhood in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. The apartments were built between 1935 and 1938 and they were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

History[edit]

View from Benning Road

Langston Terrace was the first federally funded housing project in Washington and the second in the United States.[2] It was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Public Works Administration and was named in honor of John Mercer Langston, a 19th-century American abolitionist and attorney who founded Howard University Law School, and served as a U.S. congressman from Virginia. The project cost the government $1.8 million and rooms were available for $6 per month or $4.50 per month without utilities.[3] The complex was designed by Bauhaus-trained Washington architect Hilyard Robinson in the International Style.[4]

The 274-unit complex was constructed primary by African American laborers. The garden apartment buildings were built around common areas. Daniel Olney’s The Progress of the Negro Race is a terra-cotta frieze in the central courtyard. It depicts African American history from slavery to World War I migration.[2] His Madonna and Children is located in the same courtyard. The animal sculptures also serve as climbing structures for children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Langston Terrace Dwellings/Hilyard Robinson, African-American Heritage Trail". Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Sandra; Goodwin, Maria R. (1990). The Guide to Black Washington. New York, New York: Hippocrene Books. p. 77. ISBN 0870528327. 
  4. ^ "Langston Terrace Dwellings". DC Preservation. Retrieved 2011-11-08.