The Big Picture

"Petworth" was the name of the 19th century country estate of Benjamin Ogle Tayloe.  The neighborhood bloomed in the early 1900s with expansion of the streetcar line up Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring; it has remained solidly middle class ever since.   

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Get Situated

Located in Ward 4, Petworth is bordered by Emerson Street to the north, New Hampshire Avenue and Rock Creek Church Road to the east, Rock Creek Church and Spring Roads to the south, and Arkansas Avenue to the west.

Commute Times

McPherson Square: 35 minutes by bus
Catholic University: 10-15 minutes by car
Downtown Silver Spring: 15-20 minutes by car
 

Public Transportation

Buses: 60, 62, 63, 64, 70, 79, HB
Bikeshare Stations: 3

metro

Georgia Avneue-Petworth (Yellow, Green)


A Special Place

Sense of place is strong in Petworth.  There are numerous community festivals and events year-round.  The Petworth public library and Upshur Street Books are equally revered.

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It's true: Petworth punches above its weight when it comes to public art. Check out '(Here I Stand) In the Spirit of Paul Robseson' at the corner of Georgia and Kansas, 'New Leaf' outside the Georgia Avenue Metro station, and an untitled Chuck Brown mural just one block further south.

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home sweet homes

Predominantly brick rowhouses (many in the Wardman style) dating from the 1920s and 1930s.  At the same time, new apartments and condos reflect hundeds of milliions in very recent new investment.

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