River Farms to urban Towers

Until the 1950s, Southwest was Washington's largest working-class waterfront neighborhood. Then, in one of the nation's first experiments in urban renewal, nearly all of Southwest was razed to create something entirely new.

This trail features locations that recall Southwest's first settlement, its gritty maturity, and its rebirth as a "new town in the city."


Each painting below represents one of the stops on the Southwest Heritage Trail. Click to see larger versions and full descriptions of what bit of history inspired each painting.

There are 17 stops on the Southwest 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.

Click here to return to main page to see paintings from all the Heritage Trail neighborhoods.

To purchase or inquire about a painting, please email:

© Dana Ellyn 2014