Kalorama (Washington, D.C.)

Coordinates: 38°55′06″N 77°02′53″W / 38.9184°N 77.048°W / 38.9184; -77.048
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Private residences and embassies located on Massachusetts Avenue in Sheridan-Kalorama
Private residences and embassies located on Massachusetts Avenue in Sheridan-Kalorama
Kalorama Triangle, (rose) Sheridan-Kalorama, (maroon), District of Columbia
Kalorama Triangle, (rose)
Sheridan-Kalorama, (maroon),
District of Columbia
Coordinates: 38°55′06″N 77°02′53″W / 38.9184°N 77.048°W / 38.9184; -77.048
CountryUnited States
District/CityWashington, D.C.
Ward1 & 2
 • CouncilmemberBrianne Nadeau
French ambassador's residence at 2221 Kalorama Road, NW
Spanish Steps

Kalorama is a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., United States. It includes the Kalorama Triangle Historic District and Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District. It is named after the Kalorama mansion.[1]

Kalorama Triangle is bordered by Connecticut Avenue, Columbia Road, Calvert Street, and Rock Creek Park. Sheridan-Kalorama is adjacent, to the southwest, between Connecticut Avenue, Rock Creek Park, Massachusetts Avenue, and Florida Avenue.[2][3]

The Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood includes several diplomatic residences, such as the French ambassador's residence at 2221 Kalorama Road, and the Residence of the Ambassador of the Netherlands at 2347 S Street, as well as 28 embassies.[4] It includes much of Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue. The Taft Bridge, carrying Connecticut Avenue over Rock Creek Park, with its concrete lions, is a notable feature. The Spanish Steps are another neighborhood landmark. Notable historic buildings include William E. Borah Apartment, Windsor Lodge, The Lindens, Lothrop Mansion, Miller House, Codman-Davis House, Wyoming Apartments, and the Charles Evans Hughes House. It also includes the Anthony Holmead Archeological Site.

According to Zillow, the median home value in Kalorama is $1.5 million, making it one of Washington's most expensive neighborhoods.[5] It is accessible by the Red Line of the Washington Metro at the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle stations, as well as Metrobus and the DC Circulator.


Edward Lind Morse Studio at 2133 R Street NW

Kalorama was primarily rural until the end of the 19th century. It is northwest of the original limits of Washington City in Pierre Charles L'Enfant's original plan.

In 1795, Gustavus Scott, a commissioner for the District of Columbia, purchased land that had been part of Anthony Holmead's "Widows Mite" holdings. He constructed a large, classically styled house at 23rd and S Streets, which he named Rock Hill. In 1803, Scott's wife, Margaret Scott, sold the property to William Augustine Washington.[6]

In 1807, Joel Barlow, a poet, diplomat, and political philosopher bought the property and renamed it "Kalorama", Greek for "fine view."[1] Barlow lived in the home until shortly before his death in 1812. He commissioned United States Capitol architect Benjamin Latrobe to enlarge the house and elevate its design. The residence was destroyed by a fire during the American Civil War while it was used as a Union hospital. It was rebuilt and returned to a single-family home until 1887, when it was leveled by the District of Columbia government for the extension of S Street NW.

In the early 1880s, the Kalorama area, largely undeveloped because it lay beyond Boundary Street (now Florida Avenue) and thus outside the city limits, began to be subdivided for urban development. In 1893, Congress ordered L'Enfant's design of the city of Washington extended outward to include the rest of the District. Existing developments were exempted, which is why Kalorama is one of the few areas of D.C. that do not adhere to the city's street grid.

Two high bridges over Rock Creek became important to the development of both sides of Kalorama in this period, the Calvert Street bridge (since replaced by the Duke Ellington Bridge), built in 1891, and the Taft Bridge (on Connecticut Avenue), built in 1907.

Kalorama Triangle[edit]

2029 Connecticut Avenue
Kalorama (Washington, D.C.) is located in the District of Columbia
Kalorama (Washington, D.C.)
Kalorama (Washington, D.C.) is located in the United States
Kalorama (Washington, D.C.)
LocationRoughly bounded by Connecticut Ave., Columbia Rd., and Calvert St.
NRHP reference No.87000627
Added to NRHPMay 4, 1987; 36 years ago (1987-05-04)

The Kalorama Triangle is a residential enclave of Adams Morgan in Northwest Washington, bounded by three major thoroughfares: Connecticut Avenue, Calvert Street, and Columbia Road.

Kalorama Triangle is in the service area of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and is represented by the commissioners for 1C02.[7]

Sheridan-Kalorama/Kalorama Heights[edit]

Sheridan-Kalorama, also known as Kalorama Heights, is bounded to the north and west by Rock Creek Park; to the south and west by Massachusetts Avenue N.W.; and to the south and east by Florida Avenue and Connecticut Avenue N.W. It is named after American Civil War general Philip Sheridan, of whom there is also a statue in the neighborhood.

Kalorama Heights is assigned to Washington's Sheridan-Kalorama Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2D) and designated as Single Member District 2D01 (the northeastern half) and 2D02 (the remainder).

The Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District is in southwestern Kalorama.[8]


District of Columbia Public Schools operates public schools. Kalorama Heights is zoned to Marie Reed Elementary School in Adams Morgan.[9] High school students are assigned to Woodrow Wilson High School.

Notable residents and former residents[edit]

Sheridan-Kalorama has been home to six presidents:

The neighborhood was home to several Supreme Court Justices, including:

Other notable residents and former residents:


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  2. ^ a b c d e Jacobs, Harrison (November 26, 2017). "We visited the swanky Washington, DC, neighborhood that Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and the Obamas call home". Business Insider.
  3. ^ "Kalorama Washington DC Neighborhood Guide". Compass, Inc.
  4. ^ DANGREMOND, SAM (January 17, 2017). "8 Things You Should Know About Kalorama, the Obamas' New Washington Neighborhood". Town & Country.
  5. ^ "Kalorama Home Values". Zillow.
  6. ^ Deed of Sale of property by Margaret Scott to William Augustine Washington, 27 Sep 1803.
  7. ^ "ANC1C".
  8. ^ "Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District". planning.dc.gov.
  9. ^ "Marie Reed Elementary School". District of Columbia Public Schools.
  10. ^ Hirschfeld Davis, Julie (May 25, 2016). "Obamas' Next Home: 9 Bedrooms in a Wealthy Washington Neighborhood". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Savransky, Rebecca (May 24, 2016). "Obamas pick DC neighborhood to move to in 2017". The Hill.
  12. ^ Hall, Emily; Orton, Kathy (January 12, 2017). "Jeff Bezos is the anonymous buyer of the biggest house in Washington". The Washington Post.
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  14. ^ Freed, Benjamin (February 22, 2017). "Rex Tillerson Buys $5.6 Million Kalorama Home". Washingtonian.

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