Foggy Bottom is one of Washington, D.C.'s oldest 19th century neighborhoods, thought to have been named because, as a low-lying area, fog (widespread in the swamps of early Washington) tended to concentrate there. (Ironically, this setting was the original location for The United States Naval Observatory.) It is located to the west of downtown D.C. in the Northwest quadrant, bounded roughly by 17th Street to the east, Rock Creek Park to the west, Constitution Avenue to the south, and Pennsylvania Avenue to the north.
The historic neighborhood is preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Foggy Bottom Historic District is comprised primarily of private residences and, except for a single alley warehouse and a few buildings built as corner stores, only rowhouses survive. They form a cohesive neighborhood of modest dwellings, built in a limited range of materials and styles. Primarily flat-fronted structures, the rowhouses are generally two or three stories in height The buildings in the district date primarily from the late 1870s to the first decade of the 20th century and they reflect the stages of the neighborhood's development. Among the earliest houses is a frame house at 25th and I Streets that may have been associated with the Underground Railroad. The long blocks of similar flat-fronted, two-story rowhouses, generally built after 1885, represent the culmination of the vernacular building tradition in the district.
The main campus of George Washington University is located in Foggy Bottom, as well as the infamous Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The University has grown significantly over the past decade and now covers much of the neighborhood. The neighborhood has numerous mid-rise apartment buildings. Just on the edge of Foggy Bottom are the U.S. Department of Interior, the gigantic World Bank office building, Office of Personnel Management, Constitution Hall, American Red Cross headquarters, Federal Reserve Board, Pan American Health Organization, and Organization of American States.
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