Chevy Chase Circle

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Chevy Chase Circle
Francis Griffith Newlands Memorial Fountain.jpg
The Francis Griffith Newlands Memorial Fountain at the center of Chevy Chase Circle
Washington, DC and Chevy Chase, MD
Roads at
MD 185
Connecticut Avenue NW
Western Avenue
Chevy Chase Parkway NW
Magnolia Parkway
Various other local roads
TypeTraffic circle
Maintained byDDOT, MDSHA

Chevy Chase Circle is a traffic circle (or roundabout) straddling the border of Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, Maryland. It sits upon the convergence of Western Avenue, Grafton Street, Magnolia Parkway, Chevy Chase Parkway NW, and Connecticut Avenue (signed as Maryland Route 185 in Maryland).

Garden Club of America entrance marker in Chevy Chase Circle. The stone pylon was made in 1933.

The center of the Circle contains a fountain dedicated to Representative and Senator Francis Griffith Newlands of Nevada.[1][2] The east and west sides of a grassy ring within the Circle's interior each contain a Garden Club of America entrance marker that denotes Connecticut Avenue's entry into the District of Columbia.[3][4]

All Saints' Episcopal Church opened on Chevy Chase Circle on December 1, 1901.[5] It was built in the Gothic style of architecture.[5] Rev. Dr. Thomas S. Childs was its first pastor.[5]

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, also on Chevy Chase Circle, was built in 1911.[6] Rev. Dr. Hubert Rex Johnson was its first pastor.[6]

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church was canonically established in 1911. A simple, temporary church was built at that time, with construction of the present church beginning in 1925.[7] The cornerstone was blessed by Bishop Thomas J. Shahan, rector of the Catholic University of America.[7] The new Church opened on November 6, 1927.[8] Archbishop Michael Joseph Curley officiated at the dedicatory service.[8]

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  1. ^ "Chevy Chase Circle" (PDF). Town of Chevy Chase. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  2. ^ Sisson, Edward Hawkins (26 February 2009). "Chevy Chase Circle Fountain: A Call To Rededicate a Memorial to Racism". Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  3. ^ Williams, Kim, District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, Washington, D.C. (October 2006). "Garden Club of America Entrance Markers at Chevy Chase Circle" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior: National Park Service: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. Historic Washington. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 20, 2020..
  4. ^ Coordinates of Garden Club of America entrance markers:
    (1) West side of grassy ring: 38°58′03″N 77°04′38″W / 38.967624°N 77.077353°W / 38.967624; -77.077353 (Garden Club of America entrance marker in west side of Chevy Chase Circle)
    (2) East side of grassy ring: 38°58′03″N 77°04′37″W / 38.967589°N 77.076948°W / 38.967589; -77.076948 (Garden Club of America entrance marker in east side of Chevy Chase Circle)
  5. ^ a b c "Opened a New Church: Pretty House of Worship at Chevy Chase Circle[permanent dead link]". The Washington Post. December 2, 1901. p. 12.
  6. ^ a b "Dedicate New Church: Hundreds Attend Services at Chevy Chase Edifice[permanent dead link]". The Washington Post. January 9, 1911. p. 5.
  7. ^ a b "Three Brothers Officiate At Cornerstone Laying[permanent dead link]". The Baltimore Sun. November 2, 1925. p. 3.
  8. ^ a b "Prelate Dedicates Sacrament Shrine with Solemn Pomp: Archbishop Curley Presides at Services in New Chevy Chase Church[permanent dead link]". The Washington Post. November 7, 1927. p. 18.

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Coordinates: 38°58′3.40″N 77°4′37.74″W / 38.9676111°N 77.0771500°W / 38.9676111; -77.0771500