- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2002

While the squares and circles of Washington may have been designed to confuse an invading army, changes in street names and courses may seem to exist simply to confound its residents. Many changes were mandated after Georgetown was incorporated into the District or as a result of the Highway Acts of 1893 and 1898, which extended the L'Enfant plan to the rest of the District. It can be helpful to have new and old maps in hand while looking for a particular road.
For more information on Tenleytown and its history, a good source is Judith Beck Helm's "Tenleytown, DC: Country Village Into City Neighborhood" (Tennally Press, hardcover, May 2000, $39.95).
Tenleytown neighborhood historian Frank Hendler is available for tours and questions. Call 202/244-6021.
Local historian Brian Kraft can research your house's history or take you on a tour. His next two, of Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights, are scheduled for May 18 and 19 respectively. For specific information on these tours, contact the Historical Society of Washington at 202/785-2068. For other information from Mr. Kraft, call 202/244-4373.
The Columbian Iron Works, 1401 22nd St. SE in Twining City, can make you an iron fence or ornamental bars for your windows. Call 202/584-6922.

Lisa Rauschart

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