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.
|House on Jocelyn Street. Late winter view bares towering trees.|
|House on Jocelyn Street (2)|
|Townhouses along Chevy Chase Parkway in autumn|
|Contemporary townhouses, Ingomar Street.
This handsome set was constructed in 1976. Modern townhouses are rare in the neighborhood.
|House on Kanawha Street in early evening|
|Chevy Chase Liquor Store. Virtually unchanged over a century.|
|Chevy Chase Arcade. Built c.1910.|
|“Main Street” Upper Connecticut Avenue. The Avalon Theater and neighborhood shopping district line the thoroughfare.|
|Child’s Play toy store, Connecticut Avenue. The mural was added in 2016.|
|Shops on Connecticut Avenue|
|Shops on Livingston Street. The locale has a relaxed, quiet ambiance.|
|Politics & Prose Bookstore, Connecticut Avenue. Washington’s preeminent bookstore cum coffeehouse. The photographer met President Obama here in November 2013.|
|Shops on Connecticut Avenue (2)|
|Neighborhood library and community center|
|“There’s no way like the American Way” billboard, American City Dinner, Connecticut Avenue. A neighborhood icon.|
|American City Diner|
|Parking lot mural, American City Diner.|
|Back alley in autumn suggests a country lane. Alleys parallel the street grid, providing convenient rear access to homes and businesses.|
|Wardman townhouses, Jenifer Street. Constructed c.1932.|
|Sulgrave Manor apartments, 5130 Connecticut Avenue. A pre-World War II building.|
|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.|
|Back terrace, 5333 Connecticut Avenue apartments.|
|Landscaping along Military Road by north side of 5333 Connecticut Avenue|
|Kenmore apartments, 5415 Connecticut Avenue. Encompassing three wings, the structure is the largest aprtment building in the neighborhood.|
|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.|
|Legation House apartments (2). Westerly view. Photographed in mid-winter.|
|Entrance to 4600 Connecticut Avenue condominium apartments, Connecticut Avenue.|
|Back of 4600 Connecticut Avenue. Residents prefer green space to parking lot.|
|Huntington apartments, rooftop view.|
|Brick house on Jocelyn Street|
|Attached houses on Jocelyn Street|
|House on Livingston Street|
|House on Livingston Street (2). A one-of-a-kind, modernist-brutalist home.|
|Brick houses on Jocelyn Street|
|House on Fessenden Street|
|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.|
|“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.|
|Pre-World War II apartment buildings|
|Pre-World War II apartment building in snow, Connecticut Avenue.|
|“La Reine” apartment building. A pre-World War II building renovated in 2014. Note the minimalist effort at socialist-realist engraving above the doors.|
|Art deco apartment building, Connecticut Avenue.|
|Art deco entryway through the door above|
|Duo of attached houses on Jocelyn Street|
|Snowy view from the photographer’s window|
|Woody vines and trees in late winter storm.
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|House on Chevy Chase Parkway in dusting of snow|
|Politics & Prose Bookstore, in the great snowstorm of 2010.|
|Older houses on Broad Branch Road bordering Rock Creek forest.
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