The Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce the release of the Ward 5 Heritage Guide: A Discussion of Ward Five Cultural and Heritage Resources web-based publication. The guide follows similar publications for Wards 7 and 8, released by HPO over the past several years.
From the original boundary stones, delineating the District of Columbia in 1792, to magnificent religious edifices, to open green areas and parks, the ward abounds with sites that contribute to and convey the quality of life and heritage that denotes Ward 5.
The beautifully illustrated guide identifies numerous firehouses, schools, residences, churches, and commercial buildings of note in the ward. It calls out both well-known icons, such as the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Hecht Company Warehouse, the Lincoln Cottage and Old Soldiers’ Home, and the National Arboretum, as well as lesser recognized community gems, such as the Alpha Tonsorial Palace, Stone Straw Company, and Pearl Bailey residence.
This guide presents the history of Ward 5, providing a foundation for understanding the ward’s heritage. The historical overview is followed by some broad strategies and suggested actions for achieving shared community goals, including recognizing, protecting, and promoting use of historic resources. Finally, the guide identifies some places of historical or cultural significance that might be considered when development or heritage planning is undertaken. The intent is to address the needs, desires, and challenges of the wide range of preservation interests that exist in Ward 5.