Kingman Park Historic District
Posted on July 10th, 2018 by Elizabeth Nelson
On May 3, 2018, the Historic Preservation Review Board approved the Kingman Park Historic District (Historic Designation Case 16-19).
The Board found that Kingman Park meets the criteria for historic district designation: National Register Criterion A for events and history, as the site of events that contributed significantly to the heritage, culture and development of the District, and for its association “with historical periods, social movements, groups, institutions, achievements, or patterns of growth and change that contributed significantly to the heritage, culture or development of the District of Columbia of the nation.” The HPO staff report noted:
Kingman Park was developed between 1928 and the early 1950s for African Americans during a period of intense segregation in the city and nation. Its privately built single-family dwellings intended for African American homebuyers; its federally subsidized housing for working-class blacks; its school campus built for African-American elementary through high school students; Langston Golf Course; and its commercial enterprises and religious institutions. …
Kingman Park also meets National Register Criterion C:
… collections of properties that “embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction.” Langston Terrace Dwellings and the education campus north of Benning Road.. The blocks making up the nucleus of the Kingman Park neighborhood represent a coherent and distinguishable group representative of the single-family housing developments and their commercial spines of the interwar period that define the physical growth of residential Washington. Block-long rows were executed in a variety of early twentieth-century styles, characterized by front porches and variations in cornices and rooflines. As a class and building type, they represent what was being constructed for the middle- and working-class buyers during the second quarter of the twentieth century, and collectively represent a significant and recognizable entity.
Kingman Park Historic District Map: Image courtesy Historic Preservation Office.