Historic Tenleytown - Subdivisions and Neighborhoods

Landmark Applications Pending

Letters in support of applications are encouraged, and may be sent to the Historic Preservation Review Board by mail, fax or email. They should include the case number (in parentheses below.)

By mail:
Historic Preservation Review Board
1100 4th Street, SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024

By fax: 202/442-7638  By email: Timothy.Dennee@dc.gov


Architect: Arthur B. Heaton, Jr.
Builder: Samuel J. Prescott Company
Built: 1934

Western Bus Garage (WMATA)
5230 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (facing 44th St.)

(Case # 06-03) The Western Bus Garage is one of two known extant bus garages in the District of Columbia built specifically for the storage and servicing of buses. In 1998 E.H.T. Traceries, Inc. submitted a multi-property nomination for streetcar and bus facilities in the District of Columbia. This comprehensive document details the history of streetcars and buses from the 1862 establishment of the Washington and Georgetown Railway to 1962 when the electric trolleys made their last runs.

The Western Bus Garage's main facade on 44th Street is built of reinforced concrete, steel and brick in a trapezoidal shape and is given monumental treatment in tapestry brick and limestone. While utilizing modernistic motifs of the 1930s Art Deco/Art Moderne period, this facade might be described as stripped classical in style. The color and texture of the brick create the sense of architectural style.

Western Bus Garage



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