Brookland DC
Brookland Neighborhood Profile
Blocks and blocks of cool single family homes, Monroe Street Market, Catholic U and a burgeoning arts community. Come to Brookland DC for the value, stay for the lifestyle.
Getting Around in Brookland.
Brookland DC is a very walkable neighborhood with a WalkScore of 86. Brookland offers good public transportation with a TransitScore of 72, and is bikeable with a BikeScore of 66.

Metro Station

Bookland-Catholic University Metro is on the Red line.


About 19 Bus Lines run through Brookland.


There are 5 Capital Bikeshare stations in Brookland.


ZipCar has 7 locations in Brookland.

The area seems to have become cool overnight, but Brooklanders knew it a decade ago. It’s still affordable. Bring your luggage.
Blink your eyes and watch the neighborhood change around you. Dig deep in the community garden. Sip one at Pint. Host a garden party from your deck. Catch live acts at Smith Public Trust. Share sweet potato fries with friends at Busboys & Poets. Stroll streets of adorable architecture. Stay on your toes at Dance Place. Support an artist at the Arts Walk. People watch from the patio at Filter Coffeehouse. Save us a seat. It’s all happening in Brookland.
Brookland DC Schools

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community PCS

Public Charter • Grades PK-6

348 students • 10 student/teacher

Washington Yu Ying PCS

Public Charter • Grades PK-6

511 students • 13 student/teacher

Luke Moore Alternative High School

Public • Grades 9-12

364 students • 21 student/teacher

For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger
Brookland History
The English claimed Algonquin Indian land in 1632. King Charles I of England granted it to George Calvert, who wanted to find a refuge for Roman Catholics.  For most of the 19th century the area was farmland owned by the Middleton and Queen families.  Col. Jehiel Brooks married into ownership when he wed Nicholas Queen’s daughter Ann Margaret and they were gifted with a 150-acre plantation, which they named “Belair.” On it, they built the grand “Brooks Mansion” at 901 Newton Street NE.
In 1887, the house and land were sold to an Ida U. Marshall, then to Benjamin F. Leighton and Richard E. Pairo, who subdivided Bellair, and developed the suburb of Brookland. The mansion house itself, along with  a 2 acre parcel surrounding the dwelling, were sold to Elizabeth Varney who operated a boarding house. In 1891, the Marist Brothers bought the Brooks mansion, added a wing, then sold to the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1905. In 1906, they founded St. Anthony’s Academy for young children and operated a women’s shelter. In 1911, the Catholic University of America began educating the sisters at the mansion. In 1928, women were admitted to Catholic University of America, and the mansion became St. Anthony’s High School. During the 1870s, the B&O Railroad opened a Western Branch Line in Brookland. Neighboring Sherwood, University Heights and other tracts were also developing. The expansion of the city’s streetcars helped create a middle-class streetcar suburb, from which many Queen Anne style and other Victorian homes from this era still stand. Brookland, Edgewood and Michigan Park are sometimes referred to as “Little Rome” due to the many Catholic organizations and institutions surrounding The Catholic University of America. In 1887, the Roman Catholic Church purchased the Middletown estate, adjacent to Brookland, as the site for CUA. This attracted many other Catholic organizations and institutions to the area, including the Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery in 1905, St. Francis Hall in 1931, and the Franciscans’ Holy Name College, also in 1931. Since 1984, the College has served as the Howard University School of Divinity’s East Campus.
In 1970, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bought the old Brooks mansion. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1975 and named an endangered place by the D.C. Preservation League in 1999. Brooks Mansion was purchased by the DC government in 1979, and is utilized today by the Public Access Corporation for the District of Columbia (DCTV).
Sources: Wikipedia
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