Burleith

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Burleith
Neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Corcoran School in Burleith
Corcoran School in Burleith
Burleith within the District of Columbia
Burleith within the District of Columbia
Coordinates: 38°54′55″N 77°04′22″W / 38.9153°N 77.0728°W / 38.9153; -77.0728Coordinates: 38°54′55″N 77°04′22″W / 38.9153°N 77.0728°W / 38.9153; -77.0728
Country United States
District Washington, D.C.
Ward Ward 2
Government
 • Councilmember Jack Evans

Burleith is a moderately upscale neighborhood in Washington, D.C. It is bordered by 35th Street to the East, Reservoir Road and the historic Georgetown district to the south, Whitehaven Park to the North and Glover Archbold Park to the West. The neighborhood is home to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Washington International School (primary campus). It is also adjacent to the French embassy and Georgetown University. It is often referred to as "the Village in the City."

History[edit]

The history of Burleith can be traced back to 1886 when the Huidekoper family came into ownership of the Burleith tract of land. During their tenure as residents, they built a few buildings, but kept most of the land as woods and fields. In 1922 the Huidekeopers sold the land to Shannon and Luchs, Inc. Instead of keeping the land in its natural state like the previous owners, Shannon and Luchs decided to hire an architect to develop the area. The architect designed homes with moderate prices between $8,950-$13,500 that were targeted for middle class residents with higher than average taste.[1]

Burleith Citizens Association[edit]

In 1925 the Burleith Citizens Association was developed to deal with civic and social issues concerning the neighborhood. Previous issues have included parking, noise control, traffic lights, and the relationship with neighboring Georgetown University. The Association also plans social activities, such as picnics and children events.[1] Burleith is in Ward 2 and belongs to ANC 2E along with Georgetown and Hillandale.

Hillandale[edit]

To the west of Burleith is a 24-hour gated community called Hillandale; some consider this a separate neighborhood but it is technically part of Burleith. Residents of Hillandale have included U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. Prior to 1979, Hillandale was an estate[2] owned by John Dustin Archbold's family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burleith Citizens Association Finding Aid, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University
  2. ^ ZONING COMMISSION ORDER NO. 292, Government of the District of Columbia

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