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Object ID 1000.111.01
Title "Earliest Known Plan for Chevy Chase Village--1891?"
Object Name Exhibit
Creator CCHS
Description "Earliest Known Plan for Chevy Chase Village--1891?"

Exhibit, produced by the Chevy Chase Historical Society.

Projected by the Chevy Chase Land Company directed by Senator Francis G. Newlands; Lindley Johnson, Architect; Nathan F. Barret, Landscape Designer; Advertised by Thos. J. Fisher, Real Estate Agents.

STREET NAMES

Houston NOW Hesketh
Indiana NOW Irving
Kansas NOW Kirke
Lexington NOE Lenox
Madison NOW Lenox
Madison NOW Melrose
Nevada NOW Newlands
Omaha NOW Oxford
Plymouth NOW Primrose
Quincy , Bradley, Grafton, Cedar Parkway, Laurel Parkway, and Magnolia Parkway retained
District Boulevard NOW Western Avenue
Linden Parkway NOW Brookville Road (once spelled Brookeville)
Cypress Parkway DELETED


September 16, 1892
The Rock Creek Railway opened to the public, from Calvert Street to Chevy Chase Lake. The streetcar line connected the new suburb to the city.

Imagine the Scene, 100 Years Ago:
Open farming countryside (corn and tobacco), empty except for several farm houses to the East, North, and West; tall trees only along fence lines and in wood lots; a few windmills for pumping water.

Several unpaved dirt farm lanes; the new and grandly named Connecticut Avenue, also dirt, a narrow single lane (remarkable only for its absolute straightness); five unpaved side streets, wide and empty, alternating deep mud and dust.

Ten to twenty new houses, some just begun, some just finished, dominate the scene in height and bulk, scattered along the streets; some lined with small, newly planted trees; little shade, no sidewalks, no hedges, no gardens; bare poles carrying single lines for electricity and telephones.

Not one automobile; no garages; small barns and out buildings for horses, carriages, cows, chickens. The Connecticut Avenue streetcar line, the spine of the new community and its link to the city, is the focus of daily life; most of the houses are within one block of it.


Earliest Homes in Chevy Chase

5906-5910 Connecticut Avenue (1896)
9 East Kirke Street (c. 1894)
10 East Kirke Street (c. 1894)
101 East Kirke Street (1899)
3 East Lenox Street (c. 1894)
6 East Lenox Street (c. 1896)
9 East Lenox Street (c. 1894)
8 East Lenox Street (c.1897)
10 East Lenox Street (c. 1899)
12 East Lenox Street (c. 1899)
15 East Lenox Street (c. 1897)
16 East Melrose Street (c. 1895)
4 West Melrose Street (c. 1895)
4 Laurel Parkway (c. 1894)
4 West Kirke Street (c. 1895)
6 West Kirke Street (c. 1895)
12 West Kirke Street (c. 1895)
14 West Kirke Street (c. 1894)
16 West Kirke Street (c. 1895)
11 West Kirke Street (c. 1894)
5900 Connecticut Avenue (c. 1893) (section 1000.111.01a of plan)
11 West Irving Street (c. 1895)
8 West Irving Street (c. 1895)
5804 Connecticut Avenue (c. 1892)
8 Grafton Street (c. 1897)
9 Chevy Chase Circle (c. 1894)


Notes on plan:

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Demolished 1930's

1000.111.01c, cc
Original design for 9 Chevy Chase Circle?

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Design for Newlands Street Park

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Note the variety of designs for the sequence of Connecticut Avenue intersection

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Note the elaborate walls and planting schemes for the entrance to Magnolia Parkway

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This pattern, of boxwood, is still there.

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Note the sequence of wider, tree-lined streets: District Boulevard, Grafton, Kansas, Nevada, Plymouth, Bradley

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Note the curved Parkways: Cedar, Cypress, Magnolia, Laurel, Linden. Cedar Parkway is the only one still following exactly the same course.

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This NW section, Melrose to Bradley and Magnolia Parkway to Connecticut Avenue is now a part of the Chevy Chase Club.