Chevy Chase/Upper Connecticut Avenue NW
Neighborhood of Washington DC

Located in the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia about four miles from the White House, the Chevy Chase/Upper Connecticut Avenue neighborhood combines stately apartment buildings, mostly from the period 1930-1970, with leafy-green residential streets. Before 1905, this area was largely forested with a scattering of dairy and tobacco farms. Most homes date from 1910-1935.

 

click to view image   House on Jocelyn Street. Late winter view bares towering trees.
click to view image   Houses on Jenifer Street. The lush vegetation in this summer afternoon view is telling of the semi-tropical climate of Washington DC.
click to view image   House on Jocelyn Street (2)
click to view image   Townhouses along Chevy Chase Parkway in autumn
click to view image   Renovated attached houses, Livingston Street.
click to view image   Contemporary townhouses, Ingomar Street.
This handsome set was constructed in 1976. Modern townhouses are rare in the neighborhood.
click to view image   House on Kanawha Street in early evening
click to view image   Chevy Chase Liquor Store. Virtually unchanged over a century.
click to view image   Chevy Chase Arcade. Built c.1910.
click to view image   “Main Street” Upper Connecticut Avenue. The Avalon Theater and neighborhood shopping district line the thoroughfare.
click to view image   Child’s Play toy store, Connecticut Avenue. The mural was added in 2016.
click to view image   Shops on Connecticut Avenue
click to view image   Shops on Livingston Street. The locale has a relaxed, quiet ambiance.
click to view image   Politics & Prose Bookstore, Connecticut Avenue. Washington’s preeminent bookstore cum coffeehouse. The photographer met President Obama here in November 2013.
click to view image   Shops on Connecticut Avenue (2)
click to view image   Neighborhood library and community center
click to view image   St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
click to view image   “There’s no way like the American Way” billboard, American City Dinner, Connecticut Avenue. A neighborhood icon.
click to view image   American City Diner
click to view image   Parking lot mural, American City Diner.
click to view image   “Country road, Washington DC”  Running parallel to Broad Branch brook, 36th Street resembles a rural byway.
click to view image   Broad Branch wetlands reclamation area
click to view image   Wardman townhouses, Jenifer Street. Constructed c.1932.
click to view image   Sulgrave Manor apartments, 5130 Connecticut Avenue. A pre-World War II building.
click to view image   5333 Connecticut Avenue apartments. Angular view at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Military Road.
click to view image   5333 Connecticut Avenue apartments. Completed in 2016, the sparkling modernist structure is the first new apartment building constructed in the neighborhood in nearly fifty years.
click to view image   Back terrace, 5333 Connecticut Avenue apartments.
click to view image   Landscaping along Military Road by north side of 5333 Connecticut Avenue
click to view image   Kenmore apartments, 5415 Connecticut Avenue. Encompassing three wings, the structure is the largest aprtment building in the neighborhood.
click to view image   Legation House apartments, Legation Street. Apartment buildings in this style of light beige brick proliferated in northwest Washington DC in the Fifties. Locals with an interest in architectural history have referred to this motif as “Gelman style”, after the company that introduced the design.
click to view image   Legation House apartments (2). Westerly view. Photographed in mid-winter.
click to view image   Entrance to 4600 Connecticut Avenue condominium apartments, Connecticut Avenue.
click to view image   Back of 4600 Connecticut Avenue. Residents prefer green space to parking lot.
click to view image   Huntington apartments, rooftop view.
click to view image   Brick house on Jocelyn Street
click to view image   Attached houses on Jocelyn Street
click to view image   House on Livingston Street
click to view image   House on Livingston Street (2). A one-of-a-kind, modernist-brutalist home.
click to view image   Brick houses on Jocelyn Street
click to view image   House on Fessenden Street
click to view image   39th Street. A timeless view: Houses are set back behind the trees; parked cars normally lining the street were absent this day for curb repair.
click to view image   “A Man’s Recollections” mural by Jarrett Ferrier. The artwork illustrates memories of taking the trolley to Washington Senators baseball games at Griffith Stadium in the late 1950s. The mural is located on the side of Circle Wine & Spirits along Livingston Street.
click to view image   Condominium apartments on Connecticut Avenue. Rare new construction, completed in 2017.
click to view image   Pre-World War II apartment buildings
click to view image   Back alley in autumn suggests a country lane. Alleys parallel the street grid, providing convenient rear access to homes and businesses.
click to view image   Pre-World War II apartment building in snow, Connecticut Avenue.
click to view image   “La Reine” apartment building. A pre-World War II building renovated in 2014. Note the minimalist effort at socialist-realist engraving above the doors.
click to view image   Art deco apartment building, Connecticut Avenue.
click to view image   Art deco entryway through the door above
click to view image   Duo of attached houses on Jocelyn Street
click to view image   Snowy view from the photographer’s window
click to view image   Woody vines and trees in late winter storm.
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click to view image   House on Chevy Chase Parkway in dusting of snow
click to view image   Politics & Prose Bookstore, in the great snowstorm of 2010.
click to view image   Older houses on Broad Branch Road bordering Rock Creek forest.
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click to view image   Telephone poles on Chevy Chase Parkway. Above-ground communications and electric power transmission lines loom large on several streets off major thoroughfares.
click to view image   Livingston apartments, rooftop view. A few apartment-building roofs along Connecticut Avenue are flush with cell towers.
   

 

Jocelyn condominium apartments, Connecticut Avenue

Jocelyn condominium apartments, Connecticut Avenue

 
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