Six years later, on October 5, 1954, white Anacostia High School students held an organized march through the streets of Fairlawn, protesting the integration of DC public schools. A Washington Post article titled “Integration Protested by Some Pupils” noted that students from the nearby all-white Kramer Junior High School climbed school fences at recess to join the high school marchers. The demonstration continued to the Anacostia Park flats until police arrived on horseback to control the protesters.
Anacostia SHS Demonstrators at Prayer, Star Collection, DC Public Library; © Washington Post
Homes, Schools and Commerce
While the song “Home Sweet Home” was alleged to have been partially composed on George Washington Talburtt‟s property just south of the Navy Yard (11th Street) Bridge, homes in Fairlawn have been a source of pride and respite for many owners over the years. In spite of the early sparsely developed setting, Fairlawn quickly became densely populated. Homes surviving today were built from 1894 into the 1940s, the majority built between 1910 and 1930.
There are many home designs in Fairlawn, from single detached to triplex and multi-unit apartment buildings, one of the most commonly used architects was the prolific George T. Santmeyers whose work in the 1920s is evident in the 1300 through 1600 blocks of Ridge Place and S Street among other locations in Fairlawn.
1300 Block of Ridge Place, SE, George T. Santmeyers, architect. (Google Maps)
6 FAIRLAWN: From the Flats to the Heights