If you take the Red Line to the Woodley Park station, your tour starts in the Woodley Park Historic District. Here Marilyn Monroe greets you from her unique vantage point overlooking Rock Creek Park. In the urbane setting of this early 20th-century neighborhood, you'll find two of Washington's distinctive luxury hotels, the 1930 Shoreham and its older neighbor, the Wardman Park, along with some notable apartment houses. Note also the Taft Bridge, with its two pairs of regal lions and its eagle-topped lamp posts, and the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge, adorned with bas-reliefs celebrating various modes of travel.
Klingle Bridge, on Connecticut Avenue, defines the entrance to the handsome Cleveland Park Historic District and its much-admired residential architecture. Take time to explore this intact streetcar suburb, a favorite of the city's 19th-century elite. The hilly terrain of Newark Street and other side streets creates a storybook setting for the neighborhood's substantial homes. You'll want to tote your camera to record the many marvelous examples of Queen Anne, Shingle style, Classical Revival, and Mission style houses. The area also proudly claims the nation's first Park and Shop, between Ordway and Porter Streets, and the spacious, Art Moderne Uptown Theater, just south of Ordway.
The apartment buildings located intermittently along Connecticut Avenue – from the Art Deco Kennedy-Warren and the picturesque Broadmoor to Tilden Gardens in its five-acre, park-like setting -- parade the talents of many notable architects. Farther north you'll see contemporary contenders such as David Schwarz's Saratoga (4601 Connecticut).
Just north of Cleveland Park you'll encounter the striking INTELSAT Building, a space-age crystal palace and an outstanding, contemporary arrival along the Connecticut Avenue corridor. Just north of INTELSAT is the University of the District of Columbia [link to http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/things-do-see/university-district-columbia], and behind the campus is an enclave of embassies.
Drive east through the rolling terrain and beautifully landscaped Forest Hills neighborhood, on the western edge of Rock Creek Park, to Hillwood Museum, the spectacular former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Post-Toasties heiress.
Tenleytown’s history dates to the late 1700s, when John Tennally opened a tavern where two roads crossed near the District’s highest point, and a village grew up around that crossroads.
Don’t miss the October 2010 launch of Top of the Town:Tenleytown Heritage Trail, the 11th of Cultural Tourism DC’s Neighborhood Heritage Trails. Highlights of the tour will include:
Chevy Chase and Friendship Heights are Far Northwest neighborhoods that continue into Maryland. Chevy Chase's architectural forms run the gamut of revival styles popular in the 1920s: Tudor, Mission, Italian Renaissance, Colonial, and Craftsman. In Friendship Heights you'll find plenty to see and do in the popular restaurants, upscale stores, and small boutiques that line Wisconsin Avenue and some of its side streets.
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