Tag Archives: Historic Brookland Sites

Landmark Designation Meeting Re: Brookland’s Masonic Lodge Monday

Ever since Brookland Hardware closed its doors after 40 years of business, we wondered what would become of the space it occupied, which is at the heart of our neighborhood, 12th and Monroe Streets NE.  Thanks to neighbor Lavinia for passing along info about a community meeting to discuss potential Landmark Designation for the building Brookland Hardware occupied, King David Masonic Lodge #28 at 3501 12th Street NE.

The meeting will be held on Monday, January 25th at 7:00  pm at the Brooks Mansion (901 Newton Street NE). All are welcome and staff members from the DC Historic Preservation Office will attend to answer any questions.

The meeting is hosted by the Brookland Community Development Corporation and will begin a series  of conversations about Historic Preservation in Greater Brookland. See the flyer below for more details.

Brookland Historic Designation

Brookland – Know Your Neighborhood – Guided Walking Tour

Learn about Brookland’s rich heritage in  this two-part event with local historian, John J. Feeley, Jr.

Part Two:

Thursday, September 25 · 5:30 pm
Guided walking tour of Brookland
Main Entrance, Mullen Library

Catholic University of America

Please contact Thad Garrett at garrettt@cua.edu at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

 

Brookland – Know Your Neighborhood Lecture

Learn about Brookland’s rich heritage in this two-part event with local historian, John J. Feeley, Jr.

First Part:

Tuesday, September 23 · 5:30 pm
Lecture and photo presentation
May Gallery, Mullen Library

Catholic University

Please contact Thad Garrett at garrettt@cua.edu at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

 

Brooklanders – Know Your Neighborhood With Two Cool Events!

Our good buddy Thad, who hooked up many Brookland neighbors with free vinyl last summer, let us know about this great event for those interested in Brookland history. This two part event is sponsored by Catholic U’s Mullen Library. Please contact Thad at garrettt(at)cua(dot)edu at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations. See the flyer below and see you there!

Know your Neighborhood

 

Brookland History Lives! Dr. Charles Drew Bridge

Charles Drew stamp Brookland NE Washington DC
Dr. Drew was honored with a US Postage stamp in 1981

I recently found out that the bridge I have been referring to as the “Michigan Avenue Bridge” is actually called the Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge.  A DC native and surgeon, Dr. Drew was the first African-American to graduate from Columbia University’s medical school with a Doctor of Medical Science degree. Most notably, Drew pioneered techniques for preserving blood plasma that saved countless lives during World War II. I spoke with long-time area resident Ralph Bucksell, who vividly remembers when the bridge was dedicated in Dr. Drew’s name. He told me about the bridge’s marker so I decided to check it out. I took the photo below of the marker. It is mounted at the west end of the bridge across the street from Catholic U. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t recommend checking it for yourself unless you enjoy playing in traffic. It is very easy to miss, and is situated facing traffic. So your moment of private reflection better be limited to the seconds it takes for the light to change, and be prepared to speed-read. As I left the bridge and headed home, I pondered a few things. Why didn’t they at least place the marker facing the pedestrian walkway on the other side of the bridge? Why isn’t the bridge’s true name more widely used? What can be done  to bring more awareness to the bridge’s true name? With the millions being poured into the Catholic U development, just steps away from the marker, wouldn’t it be great to overhaul the whole concept? I, for one, will be referring to it as the Drew Bridge from here on forward. The marker says the following:

CHARLES RICHARD DREW
MEMORIAL BRIDGE
Named in honor of
Dr. Charles Richard Drew, 1904-1950
esteemed citizen
of the
District of Columbia
athlete, scholar, surgeon, and
scientist whose discoveries in
blood preservation saved
thousands of lives.