Named for its proximity to the seat of the US government, Capitol Hill is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington DC. The architecture of the neighborhood is a reflection of the variety of styles the area has seen through the years. Federal Townhouses, ornate Italianate bracketed homes and 19th century press brick row houses make up the majority of the dwellings in the area.
Living on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Where is the neighborhood Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
The neighborhood of Capitol Hill is located just east of the U.S. Capitol building and about 2 square miles in size. It’s one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the nation's capital.
Washington D.C. is divided into four quadrants and the Capitol Hill neighborhood includes the southeast and northeast quadrants.
The main streets on Capitol Hill, named after U.S. states, are wide and feature large parks in the center of traffic circles.
Neighborhoods near Capitol Hill include Washington Navy Yard and the H Street Corridor.
Home styles on Capitol Hill
Like most of Washington D.C, home buyers will find condominiums, row houses and single-family homes on Capitol Hill. There are many Victorian and Federal style row houses with original details still intact. More often than not, homes have been completely restored and updated to reflect modern living. Metro stations on Capitol Hill include Capitol South, Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue and Union Station.
How old is the Capitol Hill neighborhood ?
Capitol Hill could be the oldest neighborhood in Washington D.C. with some parts of the neighborhood dating back to 1791. Pierre L'Enfant designed the city and the Capitol Hill neighborhood was the first part of the plan.
Did or does anyone famous live on Capitol Hill?
American composer John Phillip Sousa was born on Capitol Hill and the former home of social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass lived on A Street in Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill is home to many politicians, members of Congress and dignitaries from around the world.
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