Thousands of hours we’ve listened to WAMU/88.5 radio, which is licensed to American University, and many times I’ve passed right by the AU campus.
Always had good intentions to do a look see. Finally got it done earlier this week, a pleasant walk around the campus, which included walking up the long and steep hill on Massachusetts – twice – and around the big circle at Massachusetts and Nebraska.
This walk produced a handful of “I didn’t know’s.”
- The neighborhood east of the campus is known as American University Park.
- The circle at Mass and Nebraska is named Ward Circle and pays tribute Major General Artemas Ward.
- WAMU is now located about a mile east of AU in Van Ness, having moved from their Tenleytown location.
(Note: WAMU broadcasts content from NPR (Morning Edition and All Things are considered the mainstays), American Public Media, Public Radio International, Public Radio Exchange and the BBC World Service. The Diane Rehm Show is produced at WAMU and has a listening audience of about 2 million. Local public affairs programs includes The Kojo Nnamdi Show and Metro Connection.
Statue of John Wesley is in a pleasant setting at the corner of Massachusetts and 45th.
Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church
The bad news is the original church, an all-time beaut, was demolished.
In his classic book, Capital Losses, James M. Goode wrote:
It was probably the most important of more than seventy-five Gothic Revival churches that have been built in the Washington area during the past 175 years…. The Church became known as the Westminster Abbey of American Methodism…. Tallest privately-owned building in the city and was long a landmark.
In 1930, the District of Columbia condemned the sandstone building whose Gothic spire rose to a heavenly height of 275 feet (located at C Street and John Marshall Place). It held on until 1956 when it was torn down. The DC Municipal Building rose up in its place in its place.
Heritage Trail Marker
A Tenleytown Heritage Marker was supposed to be along the circle, but it was not there. Not sure what is going on, but it's worth pointing out that the marker is for Tenleytown, AU Park’s neighbor to the east. Maybe they are moving it.
Fortunately, the HMDB contains the information. Top of the Town refers to the area’s highest natural elevation in the District.
A little slice of Korea and a tribute to Jeju Island.
Ward Circle and a center on the east side of the campus.