Eastland Gardens -- a thriving middle-class neighborhood east of the Anacostia River – dates to 1928 when a group of developers called Eastland Gardens Inc. bought some 150 acres of the former Benning Racetrack property and began to construct houses.

Several apartment buildings and at least 122 houses in the community were designed by important architects including John A. Lankford, Randolph Dodd, Lewis W. Giles, Sr., Howard Mackey, Sr., Roscoe I. Vaughn, James A. Plater, and Lewis K. Downing. As of 2008, 108 of these houses remained, in varying styles: colonial, Cape Cod, ranch/rambler, shingle, split-level, stick, and bungalow. Many original families still occupied houses they built.

Location: Area bounded by Kenilworth and Anacostia Avenues, and Lee and Ord Streets, NE


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