Mount Vernon Square Historic District

Roughly bounded by New York Ave., 7th St., N St., and 1st St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia



Located on the Eight Street axis, L'Enfant designated this intersection as a site to be improved by one of the states, this major intersection was the site of a nineteenth century market. Since the market's demolition in the 1870s, this space has served as a public park. In 1899 it was selected as the site of the Carnegie Library, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-682)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 3, 1999
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Community Planning and Development; Social History; Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Business; Professional; Fire station; School; Religious structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Business; Fire station; School; Religious structure; Outdoor recreation; Multiple dwelling
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1845; 1862; 1872
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 407
Non-contributing buildings: 13