The Big Picture
Founded almost 50 years before Washington as a tobacco port in the then colony of Maryland, Georgetown remained an independent municipality until 1871. Its much deeper physical connection to the rest of the city dates from the 1915 opening of the Buffalo Bridge on Q Street. Anchored to the west by the main campus of Georgetown University, Georgetown today includes a dozen embassies, the Old Stone House and Dumbarton Oaks, myriad shopping and dining options, and residents from Washington's elite political and cultural circles.
Located in Ward 2, Georgetown is bordered by Reservoir Road and Whitehaven Street to the north, Rock Creek Parkway to the east, the Potomac River to the south, and Foundry Branch Valley Park to the west.
McPherson Square: 25 minutes by bus
Kennedy Center: 15-25 minutes by foot
Clarendon: 20-25 minutes by metro
Buses: 30N, 30S, 33, 38B, D1, D2, D6, G2, DC Circulator
Bikeshare Stations: 6
Foggy Bottom, Rosslyn (Blue, Orange, Silver): 15-20-minutes by foot
A Special Place
In 1950, Public Law 808 established the historic district of "Old Georgetown." The law required that the United States Commission of Fine Arts be consulted on any alteration, demolition, or building construction within the historic district.
It's true: Urban legends nothwithstanding, Georgetown does not have its own Metro station because engineering issues presented by the extremely steep grade to or from the Potomac were beyond technical solutions readily available when the network was first being built. One potential remedy: Arlington County, VA is conducting a feasibility study for an aerial gondola connecting Georgetown and Rosslyn.
home sweet homes
Some of the city's oldest and most exclusive Federalist rowhouses and Georgian mansions still reign supreme on select side streets. More modern, industrial-style lofts and condos have appeared, particularly closer to the waterfront.