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Property Name Hebrew Home for the Aged & Jewish Social Service Agency
Reference Number 14000436
State District of Columbia
County
Town Washington, DC
Street Address 1125-1131 Spring Road, NW
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/25/2014
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH/MEDICINE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000436.pdf
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The Hebrew Home for the Aged was constructed in 1925 to provide social support for destitute Jews, many of whom were immigrants who neither spoke nor understood English. The Hebrew Home, located in what was at the time considered the northern fringe of Washington, D.C. was built to serve Washington's growing Jewish community, particularly in the nearby Columbia Heights, Petworth, and Park View neighborhoods. The building was designed by Washington architect Appleton P. Clark, Jr., and was expanded between 1951 and 1953 to the designs of Washington architect William St. Cyr Barrington. In 1940, the Jewish Social Service Agency was constructed to the west of the Hebrew Home to the designs of Washington architect Julius Wenig. The Hebrew Home for the Aged and the Jewish Social Service Agency property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion A as it is closely associated with the growing need to provide social service and housing the buildings primary function to the growing number of Jewish residents in the District of Columbia, particularly those who had immigrated to the United States due to displacement, to escape persecution, or to seek a better life. The building is located in a section of Washington that once had a sizable Jewish population that has since largely moved to Montgomery County, Maryland. The Hebrew Home is one of only two known buildings in the immediate area directly associated with the Jewish community that once lived in the area.

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