The Big Picture
"Kalorama" (Greek for "fine view") was the name of an early 19th century estate that then saw service as a Union hospital during the Civil War, was later destroyed by fire and rebuilt, and was leveled in 1887 for the extension of S Street. According to period archives at the National Register of Historic Places, promoters touted Kalorama as up to five degrees cooler in summer than other parts of the city, prompting upper middle-class residents to spare no expense in constructing their dream homes. As the Gilded Age gave way to the Great Depression, Embassy Row took root on Massachusetts Avenue; many grand houses in nearby Kalorama were converted to ambassador's residences.
Located in Ward 1, "Sheridan-Kalorama" is bordered by Rock Creek to the north and west, Connecticut Avenue to the east, and Florida and Massachusetts Avenues to the south. Adjacent "Kalorama Triangle" extends the northern boundary to Calvert Street, and the eastern boundary to Columbia Road.
McPherson Square: 10 minutes by car
Phillips Collection: 10 minutes by foot
Old Town Alexandria: 25 minutes by car
Buses: 37, 42, 43, 90, D2, H1, L1, L2, N2, N3, N4, N6
Bikeshare Stations: 0
Dupont Circle, Woodley Park - National Zoo (Red)
A Special Place
Kalorama is a posh neighborhood full of historically interesting architecture and a fair share of diplomats. The Spanish Steps leading to Mitchell Park and the Duke Ellington and Taft Bridges are iconic landmarks.
It's true: Presidents Harding, Hoover, (Franklin) Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson all claimed Kalorama as their residence at various times in their lives.
home sweet homes
Generally, Sheridan-Kalorama is full of very large single-family homes (Arts & Crafts, Beaux Arts, Mediterranean Revival) on similarly large plots, while Kalorama Triangle offers row houses and apartment buildings, some of which have converted to condos or co-ops.