Arboretum (Washington, D.C.)
Arboretum within the District of Columbia
|• Councilmember||Kenyan McDuffie|
The tiny neighborhood is bounded by New York Avenue NE to the north, Bladensburg Road NE to the west, and the National Arboretum to the south and east. The neighborhood includes the apartment community and three blocks of detached homes.
The neighborhood includes the Arboretum Community Center with several gardens and play areas. The Arboretum Neighborhood Association is the neighborhood's community organization.
In 1932, Cafritz Construction began building the first homes in the neighborhood on Randolph Place NE, later renamed Rand Place NE. In 1935, Fox Brothers built some of the neighborhood's Colonial and English two-story brick detached homes. The development was marketed with the name The Village. Fox Brothers' advertisements listed the homes as for $6,750 each (equivalent to $124,000 in 2018).
In 1962, the 185-unit Parkway Plaza apartment complex was built. The developer of the apartment complex donated small parcels of land to the District, which are now the Arboretum Recreation Center and a Metropolitan Police Department station.
- "Approaches to Washington". The Washington Post. September 15, 1930. p. 6.
- "New York Avenue Extension Opening Is Set November 2". The Washington Post. October 25, 1931. p. M22.
- "Cafritz Project Visited By Many: Prospective Home Buyers Are Much Attracted to Randolph Place". The Washington Post. April 10, 1932. p. R1.
- Escobar, Gabriel (October 10, 1992). "Putting Down Roots in Arboretum". The Washington Post. p. E1.
- "Two Offerings Are Announced By Fox Bros.: New Development, Called The Village,' Opened in the Northeast". The Washington Post. May 5, 1935. p. R2.
- "Fox Bros. Will Build 21 Homes on R Street". The Washington Post. December 30, 1934. p. R1.
- "The Village" (advertisement). The Washington Post. July 21, 1935. p. R5.
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