Woodley Park, situated on a peak of land rising from the valley of Rock Creek, originally attracted Washingtonians seeking relief from the heat and bustle of the city. By 1918, both visitors and locals could book a room at the elegant Wardman Park Hotel, which quickly attracted a well-heeled and well-connected clientele. Now known as the Wardman Tower, the building contains some of the most expensive luxury condominiums in D.C. A stroll along the neighborhood’s winding streets reveals city living on a smaller scale, with English Village-inspired houses built around the eponymous estate of Woodley, the current campus of the Maret School and once home to attorney Philip Barton Key and President Grover Cleveland. Architectural gems such as the Art Deco Kennedy-Warren apartments and the ultra-Modern Swiss chancery contrast with the “lions and tigers and bears” (pandas, that is) at the Smithsonian National Zoo, who roar their approval of this emerald locale!
Led by Martin
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
May 2 and August 15, 2020
$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.