The Anacostia Historic District is located in southeast Washington, D.C. The area first became a part of the District of Columbian in 1791. The first modern settlement was established in 1820. With the growth of the Washington Navy Yard, additional housing was needed for new workers, and a toll bridge was built to create easy access to Anacostia so housing could begin along the eastern shore of the Anacostia River. Some 550 buildings were built between 1854 and1930, leading the district to be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is known as the only area in the District of Columbia with this kind of wood frame and brick working-class housing from the late-19th and early-20th century. The core of the district is Uniontown, which was incorporated in 1854, one of the first District of Columbia suburbs. It was designed for the working class of Washington many employed at the Navy Yard. Today the district retains much of the working class character.
The historic Anacostia area is not without some interesting places to visit. The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Historic Art Education are some of the offerings to residents and visitors alike. Historic Anacostia has had its share of ups and down, but it still remains the crown jewel of the greater Anacostia community. There is a strong sense of order in the community, as well as visual beauty and variety. Homebuyers will find that the buildings in Historic Anacostia are mostly two-story brick and wood frame. You will find Italianate, cottage, and Washington Row House architecture, as well as some Queen Ann style homes. The cottage style homes in Anacostia were built before the Italianate buildings were built. Some Anacostia real estate offers projecting porches and varying rooflines, which creates an up and down rhythm along the streets. Individuals have chosen their own fencing, window treatments, and porch trim. Many of the homes have wrap around porches and large lawns. There are also two commercial streets, and the buildings along these streets, for the most part, mirror the residential character of the neighborhood.
This historic area offers homebuyers a charming place to consider when purchasing a home. If you are interested in additional information regarding homes for sale in Historic Anacostia, Washington, D.C., we would be pleased to assist you. Please contact us today.