Columbia Heights Community Mural


Created: 2008

Sponsor: DC Neighborhood Investment Fund and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Byron Peck’s mural honors landmarks in the rapidly gentrifying Columbia Heights neighborhood. Located between 18th St. and Meridian Park, NW, the 60-foot panorama acknowledges the nearby Cardozo High School and the waterfall in the park, as well as the Tivoli Theater and the Dance Institute of Washington further up 14th Street. The lady in the locket is Mary Foote Henderson, wife of Senator John Henderson of Missouri, who helped establish the neighborhood as the epicenter of high Washington society in the early 20th century. The painting includes dancers from the adjacent Boys and Girls Club performing a Double Dutch routine.


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