Over time transportation innovations, starting with streetcars, transformed Columbia Heights from remote farmland to accessible suburb. Soon men and women of every background populated the neighborhood, people who changed our world with new technology, revolutionary ideas, literature, laws, and leadership.
From the low point of the civil disturbances of 1968, Columbia Heights turned to resident leaders and rose again. Metrorail's arrival in 1999 provided a boost, reviving the historically important 14th Street commercial corridor.
Each painting below represents one of the stops on the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Click to see larger versions and full descriptions of what bit of history inspired each painting.
There are 19 stops on the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Dana Ellyn is working towards creating a painting for every stop. Please check back often to see the newest paintings and learn a new bit of DC history with each visit!
Learn more about the Neighborhood Heritage Trails on the Cultural Tourism DC website.