Shaw Historic District



Unlike typical neighborhoods in DC, Shaw was not planned by developers who built identical row houses; instead Shaw was established by individual residents who built their own single homes of frame and brick, which were later filled in with other small rows of homes built by developers.  Development of Shaw began in the 1860s along the 7th and 9th Street, NW, streetcar lines.  Shaw was originally an economically diverse and ethnic neighborhood home to European immigrants and free African Americans and after the Civil War by many southern freed men coming to cities to look for work.  In the mid-20th century, the name Shaw defined the area around Shaw Junior High School.

The Shaw neighborhood is developed along 7th Street up to Florida Avenue and the popular U Street Corridor.  7th Street, NW, the heart of the community, served as Shaw’s business and social center, aided by streetcar lines.  It remains a strong community with residences, churches, and unique commercial architecture.  Because of its unique housing development history and architecture, DC formally recognized Shaw in 1999 as a historic district.  The boundaries are L Street north to Rhode Island Avenue and 11th Street east to 7th Street, NW.  The Shaw district also includes the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court Historic District.  Among the people who called Shaw home were prominent African Americans like Duke Ellington, Carter G. Woodson, and Langston Hughes.

Following the unrest and struggles of Shaw after the 1968 riots, the 1990s brought revitalization and gentrification to the neighborhood and Shaw has become a vibrant and charming community in DC in the past decade.  New businesses have sprung up to cater to neighbors and visitors.  Abandoned homes and buildings have been renovated.  Developers have invested millions of dollars for new construction projects and new amenities that have drawn in new residents and new businesses.  Convenient and plentiful public transportation has made Shaw very accessible.  Two Metro lines—the Green and Yellow lines---run through Shaw, numerous bus lines and several Capitol Bikeshare stations are located in the neighborhood, which has easy access to I-395.

Shaw Historic District Property Listings

Shaw Historic District Homes For Sale

35 Properties
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$375,000
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
1
Baths
548
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
57
Days on Site
DCDC2138038
MLS
Open 6/16
1101 L St NW #603 Washington,  DC 20005
$445,000
Neighborhood: Mt Vernon Square
1
Beds
1
Baths
570
Sq.Ft.
1926
Year Built
27
Days on Site
DCDC2142766
MLS
$450,000
Neighborhood: Old City #2
1
Beds
1
Baths
663
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
101
Days on Site
DCDC2131564
MLS
$469,000
Neighborhood: Logan/Shaw
1
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
920
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
136
Days on Site
DCDC2104398
MLS
$499,000
Neighborhood: Quincy Park
1
Beds
1
Baths
734
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
63
Days on Site
DCDC2137018
MLS
Open 6/15
1431 11th St NW #201 Washington,  DC 20001
$499,000
Neighborhood: Logan Circle
1
Beds
1
Baths
579
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
2
Days on Site
DCDC2146350
MLS
$534,900
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
1
Beds
1
Baths
788
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
17
Days on Site
DCDC2143922
MLS
1
Beds
1
Baths
766
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
59
Days on Site
DCDC2135412
MLS
$549,900
Neighborhood: Old City #2
1
Beds
1
Baths
630
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
60
Days on Site
DCDC2136124
MLS
$598,000
Neighborhood: Shaw
2
Beds
1
Baths
799
Sq.Ft.
1915
Year Built
11
Days on Site
DCDC2144932
MLS
1
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
775
Sq.Ft.
1900
Year Built
48
Days on Site
DCDC2137532
MLS
$629,000
Neighborhood: Whitman Condominium
2
Beds
2
Baths
964
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
16
Days on Site
DCDC2136090
MLS

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