Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Street Level: Quincy Street

For this installment of Street Level, I went to Quincy Street in Northwest and Northeast D.C.  I'm really enjoying this little project for a lot of reasons, but particularly because I've stumbled upon places in the city that I never knew existed.  This time it was the Franciscan Monastery, which came as a complete surprise to me.  It's this gorgeous compound (for lack of a better word) in the Brookland neighborhood, with shrines and gardens and even a one-room Hermitage where regular people can have their own personal overnight retreat. 

Quincy Street follows the same theme as so many streets in D.C.--it is broken up into a series of street fragments.  I found that each one has its own personality.  The far west segment is essentially part of Rock Creek Park, whereas the next segment, which is also the longest segment and runs through the heart of the Petworth community, feels much more urban.  The Brookland segment feels almost suburban at times. 

Without further disucssion, onto the tour.  (Apologies for the delay in getting them up.  You can almost feel the summer heat in the pictures . . . what a long way from the single-digit temperatures we had today!)

P.S.  The Crestwood blog has a fascinating story about the house at 1907 Quincy Street, which is worth a read.  Find it here.

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