Village in the City
With its main street, town square, and distinct boundaries, Mount Pleasant still feels like the village it once was. As the city grew around it after the Civil War, Mount Pleasant evolved into a fashionable streetcar suburb, sprouting businesses, churches, and elegant apartment buildings.
Later it became a working-class urban neighborhood, a haven for immigrants fleeing political turmoil, and the heart of DC's Latino community.
Each painting below represents one of the stops on the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail. Click to see larger versions and full descriptions of what bit of history inspired each painting.
There are 17 stops on the Mount Pleasant 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.