HPRB Votes to Expand Capitol Hill Historic District Northward
by Larry Janezich
According to Mark Eckenwiler, Chair of ANC6C’s Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee, last Thursday, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted unanimously to expand the Capitol Hill Historic District to the north. The expansion includes a portion of a Capitol Hill community known in the late 19th Century as “Swampoodle” – which later became the home of Union Station and NoMa. The newly designated part of the Historic District lies within Eckenwiler’s single member district (SMD).
According to Wikipedia, the area received its name from a description in a newspaper report about the 1857 ground-breaking for St. Aloysius Church. The reporter covering the event referred to the swampy character of the land and the puddles left when Tiber Creek overflowed. An Irish community developed in the area in the late 1800s comprised of those fleeing the Irish potato famine.
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society has been actively supporting this expansion as part of its “Beyond the Boundaries” initiative. (For a previous post on this initiative, see CHC posting here: http://bit.ly/1JoEJHh) In March of this year, CHRS joined ANC6C and Councilmember Allen in petitioning HPRB in support of the Swampoodle addition to the Capitol Hill Historic District. CHRS has provided a map of the expansion, see here: http://bit.ly/1HJF6b2