Woodley Park

Woodley Park row houses in the 2600 block of Garfield Street NW

A history of Woodley Park

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.

Architectural gems and zoo animals

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!

Woodley Park walking tour reviews

"Guide Martin was the perfect person to walk us through this lovely neighborhood, as he's a long-time resident and impressively knowledgeable about the area's history and architecture." TripAdvisor reviewer


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Portrait of Martin

MARTIN has been enchanted by the city of Washington since arriving in 1980 to pursue a government career in economics. He found he enjoyed pounding the sidewalks of the city as much as crunching numbers and began leading special interest tours for friends and community groups.

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Available for private tours. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

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Walk departs from Woodley Park-National Zoo-Adams Morgan Metro station
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