Historic Mount Pleasant

Welcome to Historic Mount Pleasant!

 We are a volunteer-based membership organization

Membership is open to everyone, so please join! 

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HMP was incorporated in April, 1985.  Initiated as part of the organization's 29th anniversary celebration, a few articles highlighting HMP's own history are being added to the website.  The first, "How Did Historic Mount Pleasant Begin?" outlines the organization's origins and may be accessed by clicking on the following link:  Anniversary_Article_No._1R.pdf

The second article, "Formation of the Historic District and HMP’s Efforts to  Encourage Appropriate Design" is available at the following link:  Anniversary_Article_No._22.pdf


HMP's annual meeting was held at Stoddard Baptist Home on April 5.  Following the business portion of the meeting, including election of board members for the coming year and presentation of the annual report, Eric Madison of the National Trolley Museum presented an illustrated talk on the history of Mount Pleasant's No. 42 streetcar.  The annual report for fiscal year 2013 is available via the following link:




Testimony on Zoning Issues

In November 2013, HMP President Fay Armstrong presented testimony before the Zoning Commission.  The hearing was one of many held over the past several years as the city's Office of Planning developed a proposed re-write of the zoning regulations adopted in 1958.  The testimony highlighted the ongoing loss of Mount Pleasant's original single-family houses through conversions to multiple-unit structures.  The testimony is available at the following link:




Frequently asked questions about living in a

DC Historic District




Email: info@historicmountpleasant.org
Phone: 202-387-2734
1731 Lamont St, NW; Washington, DC 20010


'Images of America:  Mount Pleasant’


Author Mara Cherkasky, a Washington historian and writer, presents photos, maps, and other images to illustrate the fascinating chapters about our neighborhood in her recently published book ‘Images of America:  Mount Pleasant’.  The book is available for $20.00 plus tax at Pfeiffer’s Hardware Store.  You can also reach Mara directly at mcherkasky@verizon.net for a signed copy or purchase online at www.amazon.com.


Below is a short overview of our neighborhood’s history as presented in ‘Images of America:  Mount Pleasant’:




Mount Pleasant -- Samuel P. Brown must have thought this name perfect when he chose it for his country estate on a wooded hill overlooking Washington City. The name also suited the New Englanders who settled in the village Brown founded near 14th Street and Park Road just after the Civil War. About 1903 the once isolated village began its transformation to a fashionable suburb after the city extended 16th Street through Mount Pleasant’s heart, and a new streetcar line linked the area to downtown. Developers constructed elegant apartment buildings and spacious brick rowhouses on block after block, and successful businessmen built stately residences along Park Road.


Change arrived again with the Great Depression and then World War II, as the suburb evolved into an urban, exclusively white, working-class enclave that eventually became majority African American. In addition a Latino presence was evident as early as the 1960s. By the 1980s the neighborhood was known as the heart of D.C.’s Latino and counterculture communities. Today these communities are dispersing, however, in response to a hot real estate market in Washington.


  Historic Mount Pleasant (HMP) provides this website for Mount Pleasant residents and business owners, as well as others, with interesting and practical information about living in our Historic District.  We especially aim to help you navigate the permit process and understand the benefits of living in an historic district.  We encourage you to visit our calendar which lists HMP's activities and other neighborhood events that make this such a great place to live and visit.


* All Membership rates are a suggested amount.  We'd love to include all neighbors in our membership; so, if you can more easily budget a lower amount, please include that amount with your membership form.