A D.C. neighborhood less than 1.5 miles north of the Capitol, neighboring NoMa to its south, Bloomingdale to its west, Edgewood to its north and the Metropolitan Branch Trail to its east.

The land that became Eckington was the country home of Joseph Gales, Jr., owner of the National Intelligencer newspaper and mayor of D.C. from 1827 to 1830. Gales bought the northeast tract in 1815 and built a two-story house on the hilltop in 1830, about where 3rd and U streets intersect today. He named the estate Eckington after The Village in England where he was born.

View the brochure, Eckington – A Neighborhood History, from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office

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Eckington Place and Florida Avenue, circa 1924. Formerly Judd & Detweiler printing firm, now home of SiriusXM Radio headquarters. National Photo Company Collection glass negative – via Shorpy


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McKinley Tech High School, circa 1936 – via Shorpy.

1919 2nd and R Street NE

Eckington street car wreck. Photo published in the Washington Post, August 1919 – via Shorpy.

Eckington & Soldiers Home street carEckington and Soldiers Home street car.


North Capitol and Quincy streets N.W. – soon to be the Washington Firehouse Restaurant.