Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood grew in the shadow of the Capitol Dome, near the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and Pennsylvania Avenue. One of the largest designated historic districts in America, Capitol Hilloffers miles of tree-lined streets with beautiful Victorian homes, churches, parks, and quaint neighborhood restaurants. The famous open-air Eastern Market building in the heart of Capitol Hill features the city’s farmers market, antique shops and a weekly flea market. The Blue, Orange and Red lines of Washington’s subway system – the Metro – all serve the Capitol Hill neighborhood. This makes public transportation to the Smithsonian Museums, L’Enfant Plaza, the Washington Convention Center, Verizon Center, George Washington University, Georgetown, the Kennedy Center, Crystal City and virtually anywhere else in the Capitol fast and convenient.
The Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Washington, D.C. is the largest residential historic district in the city, and one of the largest in the country. Originally known as Jenkins Hill or Jenkins Heights, Charles Pierre L’Enfant choose this sight for the “Congress House” and thus, ultimately it became the home of the U.S. Capitol. Many of the homes you will find in the Capitol Hill neighborhood are of the classic Richardsonian, Romanesque, Queen Anne, Eastlakian, Italianate and Beaux Arts styles found throughout the city of Washington.
Early in the growth of the district, most Congressmen and Senators were reluctant to establish permanent homes in Washington. Many preferred to stay in the few, small boarding houses that dotted The Hill at the time. As The Capitol settled into its nation, and the nation accustomed itself to its new, permanent capitol city however, attitudes changed and Capitol Hill became a convenient place for members of Congress to build small, yet elegant homes. Over time, this area became the beautiful neighborhood that it remains today and provides for an amazing, authentic experience when you choose to stay in Capitol Hill vacation rentals.