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There’s a lot growing behind the vine in this Northeast neighborhood.


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Ivy City was coined by Thomas Seaton Donoho, an author and poet of the Civil War era, who named his estate “Ivy City,” in homage to the vine he held dear.

When platting the area in 1873, the developer marketed the neighborhood as a rural subdivision exclusively for African Americans. Ivy City’s first school was built in 1896, and renamed Alexander Crummel School in 1910—the first school in the District named for an African American.

Over the years, the area has been home to a railyard, a horseracing track that operated from 1879 to 1901, a host of manufacturing businesses, and a large department store warehouse—a landmark visually associated with the area.

Our Ivy Center “Neighborhoods” ticket recognizes the location’s current renaissance, highlighting one of the neighborhood’s and the District’s new destination eateries.

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HIDDEN GEM

Ivy City Railyard and Alexander Crummell School

With all that’s new in Ivy City, perhaps take a tour of the neighborhood’s past while it’s still there. The Ivy City railyard on New York Avenue, NE still houses trains receiving maintenance service. The Alexander Crummell School—located at 1900 Gallaudet Street, NE—while shuttered the sturdy Elizabethan Revival structure offers a glimpse of the District’s past.