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22nd Street & Decatur Place NW
by the old police and fire call boxes 22nd Street & Decatur Place NW Washington, DC 20008
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 15 members
Patrick M
Review from Patrick M
41 events 26 reviews

An interesting tour. Lots of interesting history and homes. Not too strenuous walking. Honestly, not as educational as some of the other walking tours offered by the same group but overall good and worthwhile.

reviewed Sep 26 2015 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrew.maclean
26 events 8 reviews

A great walking tour of this historic and beautiful part of Washington DC. An informative guide explained the historic significance of the numerous national trust houses in the area including the homes of four former US Presidents. Numerous...continued

reviewed May 04 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from EllenM
11 events 4 reviews

Tour was excellent...tour leader very knowledgeable!

reviewed May 04 2013 report as inappropriate
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Joel Barlow named the estate he purchased in 1807 Kalorama for the expansive views to be had from its place overlooking today’s Rock Creek Park. No more exquisitely beautiful enclave exists in America’s capital.

Kalorama has always been a prime residential area, its glory the urban mansions located on the high ground between Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues. This tour will start by ascending the “Spanish Steps” to reach the heights where Washington’s diplomatic community is evident everywhere you look, many of the original single family homes now occupied by ambassadors or embassy offices. Former police and fire call boxes punctuate the neighborhood as imaginative works of public art as does a brightly colored panda. Try to identify the oldest house in the District and discover the Woodrow Wilson House. Wilson was the only U.S. president to retire in D.C. Like him, once tourists have sampled the architectural and natural radiance that is Kalorama, they won’t want to leave!

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