LeDroit Park is located in the Northwest quadrant of DC near Howard University. Although LeDroit Park is primarily residential, there is a commercial area with numerous amenities, services, and restaurants only a short walk away. LeDroit Park exudes the vibe of a small town suburb. The Bloomingdale’s Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 10am-2pm. It is just a half-mile from the Shaw-Howard University station on the Green and Yellow lines and the New York Avenue stop on the Red line. Metrobus service is also reliable in LeDroit Park.
The community was developed by Amzi Barber and Andrew Langdon in 1873. Together, the two men worked to transform rural tracts of land into a lively village-like neighborhood. Many of the homes here were constructed in the late 1870s under the supervision of architect James McGill. Many resources were also directed towards substantial landscaping projects. The result was an aesthetically-pleasing community that featured stately Victorian mansions, houses and row houses. Many of the community’s original homes are still standing. Also, in the 1940s, LeDroit Park became a focal point for prominent African Americans and later, the civil rights movement.