The National Headquarters is located in the Strivers Section Historic District, just north of the Dupont Circle Historic District. The Strivers’ Section Historic District was designated in 1983 and is the newest of the four districts.* It takes its name from the impressive row of Edwardian townhouses built from 1902-1904 along the 1700 block of U Street. Long called Strivers’ Row, this block has been described as “perhaps the most significant symbol of the assertion of black Washingtonians around the turn of the century.” As one black resident of more than 60 years put it, “Strivers’ Row gave everybody a chance to buy into the respectability of Dupont Circle. That block along U Street meant we have arrived.”
Since the 1870s, the area has been associated with black leaders in business, education, government and the arts. The most important of these figures was Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist, writer and diplomat – who, from 1876-76, built three of the Second-Empire-style row houses that still survive at the corner of 17th and U Streets. Aviator Charles Lindbergh resided near this corner during the 1920s. In addition, within three blocks is the oldest Black Catholic Church in the U.S., local fire and police departments.
* The four historic districts include Dupont Circle Historic District, Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, Sixteenth Street Historic District, Strivers’ Section Historic District.
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