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Brookland is our next stop. A neighborhood known for attracting hipsters and artists, Brookland now greets a new age of neighbors marching to their own beat.


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Brookland, a Northeast Washington neighborhood, was first settled by the Algonquin Indians. The area became home to Jehiel Brooks, a First Lieutenant in the War of 1812 and Confederate sympathizer who built the Brooks Mansion when he married the daughter of a prominent landowner. The Brooks Mansion still stands today. A popular tavern named for Brooks closed in 2012, after 32 years of operation.

Over the years, the neighborhood has attracted notables who called the area home including 1950 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Ralph Bunche, poet Sterling Brown, famed artist Louis Mailou Jones, historian and activist Rayford Logan, Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and educator Lucy Diggs Slowe.

Our Brookland “Neighborhoods” ticket features the home of Dance Place, an educational and performance arts company founded in 1978. Dance Place moved into the then abandoned warehouse in 1986. Since then, the expanded campus has undergone extensive renovations to include a 144-seat theater, children’s center, and housing for resident artists.

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HIDDEN GEM

Brooks Mansion

Located at what is now 901 Newton Street, NE, the Brooks Mansion was built in the early 1800s by Jehiel Brooks, a First Lieutenant in the War of 1812 and Confederate sympathizer. The building has since housed a convent, school, and homeless shelter. Now home to the television station DCTV, neighbors and visitors alike have rumored that the structure has long been haunted by “Colonel” Brooks’ ghost. The Brooks Mansion still stands today.