Kalorama DC
Kalorama Neighborhood Profile
Grandeur is the word that comes to mind in Kalorama DC. Old money, historic mansions and power, baby, power. Splendid architecture everywhere you look. You’ll also find embassies, serious mansions, a lot of Secret Service, Kalorama Park and So’s Your Mom.
Getting Around in Kalorama.
Kalorama is an extremely walkable neighborhood with a WalkScore of 91. Kalorama DC offers excellent public transportation with a TransitScore of 78, and is very bikeable with a BikeScore of 87.

Metro Station

Dupont Circle is on the Red line.


Bus Lines run in the Kalorama neighborhood.


There are 7 Capital Bikeshare stations near Kalorama.


ZipCar has 3 locations near Kalorama.

Rub elbows with the rich and powerful. Better yet, become rich and powerful.
Do you have to be wealthy to live in Kalorama? No, you’ll feel affluent and important just being part of the hood. Take a twilight stroll past grand homes, imposing embassies and monuments. Count the residences of presidents, diplomats, Supreme Court justices, Federal Reserve bigwigs, Senators, and other impressive mucky-mucks. Stop by So’s Your Mom for a hot pastrami. Play tennis, work out in the grass, referee the kids’ soccer game, exercise the Alsatian at Kalorama Park. Read a good book on the steps in the circle. Host a cocktail party. Create your own flag and fly it from the porch. Be the envy of all your friends. See your banker nod approvingly. Manhattan, anyone?
Kalorama DC Schools

Ross Elementary School

Public • Grades PK-5

154 students • 10 student/teacher

Wilson High School

Public • Grades 9-12

1696 students • 14 student/teacher

School Without Walls

Public • Grades PK-8

284 students • 13 student/teacher

For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger
Kalorama DC History
Kalorama was a rural area until the end of the 19th century. until the close of the 19th century, lying northwest of the original limits of Washington City from L’Enfant’s original plan. In 1795, DC Commissioner Gustavus Scott bought a portion of Anthony Holmead’s “Widows Mite” in 1795 and built a large home at 23rd and S Streets, naming it “Rock Hill.”  His wife Margaret sold Rock Hill in 1803 to William Augustine Washington. In 1807, poet Joel Barlow bought the property and renamed it “Kalorama,” which means “fine view.” Barlow enlarged and improved the home, where he resided until shortly before his death in 1812. The residence burned during the American Civil War when it was utilized as a Union hospital. The residence was rebuilt and returned to a single-family home until 1887, only to be razed by the DC government for the extension of S Street NW. In 1893 Congress ordered L’Enfant’s design of the city of Washington extended outward to include the remainder of the District. Existing developments were exempted, which is why Kalorama is one of the few portions of DC not in compliance with the city’s street grid system.  Calvert Street bridge and Taft Bridge were constructed over the Rock Creek Park gorge. The Westmoreland was built as an apartment house at 2122 California Street in 1906 and was converted to a co-op in 1948. William Howard Taft Bridge still spans Rock Creek Park today, adorned with imposing concrete lions. The Spanish Steps are another landmark of the neighborhood.
The Kalorama Triangle Historic District is located in DC’s Kalorama Heights neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, and on the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites since 1986, it is comprised of approximately 350 contributing properties. The Kalorama Triangle is a neighborhood within Adams Morgan, bounded by Connecticut Avenue, Calvert Street, NW and Columbia Road.
Sheridan-Kalorama was the home of these former or future Presidents in the early 20th century: Woodrow Wilson at 2340 S Street, NW, in 1921. Woodrow Wilson House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and became a museum dedicated to Wilson’s memory; William Howard Taft at 2215 Wyoming Avenue. The house is now the Syrian Embassy; Franklin D. Roosevelt at 2131 R Street. The house is now the residence of the Ambassador of Mali; Warren Harding at 2314 Wyoming Avenue. The house is now the residence of the Ambassador of Monaco; Herbert Hoover at 2300 S St NW.  The home is now the Embassy of Burma (formerly Myanmar); Barack Obama & family at Belmont Road NW. Other Kalorama residents include Supreme Court Justices Charles Evans Hughes, Louis Brandeis, Harlan F. Stone and Joseph McKenna,  Federal Reserve Governors Adolph C. Miller and Frederic Adrian Delano, the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, historian Elizabeth Eisenstein, and former United States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew. Sheridan-Kalorama diplomatic residences include the home of the French Ambassador at 2221 Kalorama Road,  several embassies on its south side and much of Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue.
Sources: Wikipedia
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