Wesley Heights

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Wesley Heights
Map of Washington, D.C., with Wesley Heights highlighted in red
Map of Washington, D.C., with Wesley Heights highlighted in red
Coordinates: 38°55′44″N 77°05′22″W / 38.928978°N 77.089542°W / 38.928978; -77.089542Coordinates: 38°55′44″N 77°05′22″W / 38.928978°N 77.089542°W / 38.928978; -77.089542
CountryUnited States
DistrictWashington, D.C.
WardWard 3
Government
 • CouncilmemberMary Cheh

Wesley Heights is a small affluent neighborhood of Washington, DC situated south of Spring Valley. It is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue (on the East), Nebraska Avenue (on the North), Battery-Kemble Park (on the West) and Glover Parkway (on the South). Foxhall Road is the main roadway passing through Wesley Heights. To protect the character of the original historic housing design of Wesley Heights, the Wesley Heights Zoning Overlay was developed and approved by District of Columbia Zoning Commission on July 13, 1992 at the urging of the Wesley Heights Historical Society. Current homeowners and new housing development within the Wesley Heights overlay must meet specific building codes. The Wesley overlay covers areas within New Mexico Avenue (on the East), Nebraska Avenue (on the North), Battery-Kemble Park (on the West) and Glover Parkway (on the South). The overlay restriction does not cover development on housing located on the former Charles C. Glover country estate. Modern day Wesley Heights is located in Ward 3 Advisory Neighborhood Commission under 3D.

History[edit]

Wesley Heights was developed during the 1920s as a planned housing development next to the country estate of Charles C. Glover by W.C. and A.N. Miller, who also developed the neighboring communities of Spring Valley and American University Park. It was one of the first master planned communities in the United States and featured such services as a shuttle to the Wisconsin Avenue streetcar and a community club house. It remains a wealthy residential enclave.

References[edit]

  • Shaw, Diane (2010). ""Wesley Heights and Spring Valley: Persistency and Consistency"". In Katharine Smith. Washington At Home. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 415–432, 492–493.