Foxhall Village Historic District

City of Washington, District of Columbia, DC

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Foxhall Village [1]

The Foxhall Village Historic District is significant as a cohesive collection of residential properties designed and developed to evoke the image of a traditional English village. The community is comprised primarily of rowhouses with generous setbacks, enhanced by lush gardens and planted terraces. The houses are laid out in a picturesque manner along winding lanes, circles, and crescent-shaped open spaces with rear alleys.

The neighborhood was built principally between 1925 and 1933 by two development teams, Boss and Phelps, Inc. and Waverly Taylor, Inc. The buildings, designed in variations of the Tudor Revival style, are finished in brick, stucco and half-timbering, capped by slate roofs with side or front gables, and detailed with decorative clay chimney pots, multi-pane windows, and distinctive wood front doors.

The district also contains a handful of freestanding houses including two prefabricated mail-order houses from Sears, Roebuck, and Company. In addition, many of the houses in Foxhall Village have rear garages facing alleys, which are important to the original design of the community. The one commercial building, located on Foxhall Road, was designed in the Tudor Revival style to complement the neighborhood's residential architecture.

The design of Foxhall Village illustrates how equal attention was paid to both the architecture and the landscape planning of the neighborhood. The street plan conforms to the natural topography of the land and includes such features as landscaped traffic circles and medians, creating picturesque views throughout the neighborhood. Enhanced today by mature plantings, Foxhall Village conveys an informal, park-like setting.

Foxhall Village is both a D.C. local historic district and a National Register Historic District (listed 2007).

  1. D. C. Historic Preservation Review Board, Foxhall Village Historic District Design Guidelines, n.d.,, accessed January, 2012.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Street Names
44th Street NW • Dogwood Alley • Foxhall Road NW • Greenwich Parkway NW • P Street NW • Q Street NW • Reservoir Road NW • Surrey Lane NW • Volta Place NW

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