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Grant Road Historic District

By today’s standard, Grant Road feels like a country lane. But in the 19th century, it was a main residential road in Tenleytown.

There is no known record of the road being cut, but it is shown on maps as early as 1858. The road provided access to Fort Reno (originally named Fort Pennsylvania), one of the ring of Civil War forts. Some of the old paving stones are visible at the curb near Grant Road and Wisconsin Avenue. The 4400 and 4500 blocks of Grant Road survive as a visual reminder of Tenleytown’s early rural character.

The homes in the Grant Road Historic District display architecture in the National Folk and Victorian workers’ “cottage” styles. Houses are sited informally with varying setbacks, and this, as well as the lack of sidewalks, reinforces the country lane ambience.

(Listed on DC Inventory in 2002 and National Register in 2003.)

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