Our history

Welcome to Mount Pleasant, a village in the city.

About the Mount Pleasant Initiative 

The Mount Pleasant Initiative is a program of District Bridges that serves the businesses, organizations, and individuals who live, work and play in Mount Pleasant. The initiative plans local events and promotions that draw people to the neighborhood, creates volunteer opportunities, and connects stakeholders in the community. Additionally, the program provides business technical assistance to local businesses to help them thrive.

Explore Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is a quiet, tree lined neighborhood nestled alongside Rock Creek Park and the National Zoological Park, about three kilometers North of the city center. One of Washington's first streetcar suburbs, Mount Pleasant was developed from a small 19th century village just outside the old city. Most of the homes, apartments, and storefronts were built in the early 20th century and the neighborhood has preserved that historic flavor.  Today the neighborhood is an exciting but cohesive urban area that is home to a wide range of people from all walks of life and from many different parts of the world. It's four block long shopping area is a model for small, independent merchants. Many neighborhood based organizations are working together to preserve the historic, economic, and social diversity that make Mount Pleasant a great place to live.



(Ingleside today.)

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January 1850

Civil War in DC

(Photos show Mount Pleasant Hospital during the Civil War.)

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April 1861

What's in a Name?

(Walbridge Mansion, in Mount Pleasant, late 1800s.)

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January 1862

National Parks

(Visitors to Rock Creek Park in 1891, and National Zoological Park in 1903.)

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January 1889

Village in the City

Congress passed a law...

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August 1888


(Pictures show streetcars on Mount Pleasant Street in the early 1900s.)

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January 1903

The Kenesaw

The Kenesaw...

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April 1905

Mount Pleasant Library

Mount Pleasant Library opened...

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May 1925

Racially Restrictive Covenants

(The house purchased by Dr. Robert Deane today.)

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January 1950

Housing Shortage

A housing shortage...

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The First Bodega

(Casa Diloné around 1991.)

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January 1963

Race Riots

(In the first picture, a soldier examines the aftermath of the 1968 race riots in Mount Pleasant, while in the second picture, a woman and child play at the Rosemount Center in Mount Pleasant, 1973.)

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April 1968

More Racial Tensions

While the race riots...

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April 1991

Majority-Minority Neighborhood

(In the first picture, community leaders link arms and march down Mt. Pleasant St. NW. The second picture shows a “Voter=Power” placard held by an activist during the fifth anniversary march commemorating the Mt. Pleasant 1991 riots.)

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January 1992



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August 2017

Did we miss an event?

Do you think there's an important event in our neighborhood's history? Let us know!

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What people say about our neighborhoods

Mount Pleasant is a warm and inviting neighborhood, perfect for porch sitting and making new friends. We love being able to walk to an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and shops. Wouldn't want to live anywhere else!

- Mount Pleasant Volunteer

In Columbia Heights, I can walk to the grocery store, run into friends on the street, and take my dogs to the dog park, and then hop on the Metro (or my bike) and be downtown in minutes to attend a meeting or seminar or visit a museum. Columbia Heights is basically a small, friendly town that's adjacent to the nation's capital.

- Leo, Columbia Heights resident since 1979