Architectural Historian Kimberly Prothro Williams will speak about the development of the Meridian Hill neighborhood, as the brainchild of Mrs. Mary F. Henderson and her husband, Senator John Henderson. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing for several decades, the indefatigable Mrs. Henderson campaigned for and financed the construction of the area’s grand mansions and foreign legations, transforming the area from a rugged and under-developed post-Civil War settlement into an impressive gateway to the nation’s capital.
Know Your Neighborhood is an ongoing series of programs exploring the history of D.C. neighborhoods, a collaboration between DC Public Library's Washingtoniana Division and neighborhood libraries.
For more programs in the series, visit dclibrary.org/knowyourneighborhood.
Photo from Historic Image Collection, Washingtoniana Division.