Historic Mount Pleasant

Welcome to Historic Mount Pleasant!

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The D.C. Office of Planning (OP), in response to concerns from Mount Pleasant and elsewhere about unchecked--and generally irreversible--losses of single-family houses to developers who convert them to multi-unit condominiums or apartments, has proposed amending the zoning code to eliminate "matter-of-right " conversions of single-family residential buildings throughout the city.  THIS PROPOSAL WOULD BENEFIT OUR HISTORIC DISTRICT by aligning future development with the historic character of the neighborhood and preserving the flexibility of use inherent in larger dwelling units. The proposal would not affect houses currently classified as “apartment houses” (i.e., having 3 or more units) nor affect existing or future basement units.  However, developers and some "affordable" housing advocates are opposing this change.  A decision will come from the D.C. Zoning Commission after public hearings, likely within the next few months (October-November 2014).

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AFFECTING THE FUTURE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  HMP has organized a petition drive to demonstrate support for this change to the Zoning Commission.  To assist in understanding the issues involved, please take a look at the links below:

--Letter from HMP (1 page): HMP_Zoning_Letter.pdf

--Background (2 pages): MP_Zoning_Flyer.pdf

--Major points (1 page):  MP_Zoning_Major_Points.pdf

--Questions & Answers (2 pages):  MP_Zoning_Q&A.pdf

The importance of making support for the change known to the  Zoning Commission CANNOT BE OVERSTATED.  Please be prepared to sign and/or help circulate our petition.

Note:  HMP President Fay Armstrong has already testified on this issue during the Zoning Commission's November 2013 consideration of much more comprehensive zoning reforms; her statement is available at November_Testimony.pdf.





HMP's annual meeting was held at the Stoddard Home, 1818 Newton St, on March 7th.  Following the business portion of the meeting, including election of board members for the coming year and presentation of the annual report, the Board presented the 2014 Design Award to the homeowners at 1857 Park Rd, who are in the process of a historic renovation of the property.

The keynote presentation was by Kim Prothro Williams, architectural historian and National Register coordinator in the DC Historic Preservation Office.  She presented the findings of the ongoing D.C. Historic Alley Buildings Survey being conducted by HPO and shared some of the many wonderful images illustrating the surviving collections of alley buildings, ranging from alley dwellings to stables, blacksmith shops, bakeries, artists’ studios and more.  The goal of the project is to identify and evaluate these historic alley buildings with a view towards developing better understanding their significance for preservation and revitalization action.  It marks an important step towards rediscovery and reinvention of the city’s alleys and alley buildings. 

The HMP annual report for fiscal year 2014 is available via the following link: Annual Report 2014



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




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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.