Vacant, ramshackle dormitories and crumbling school buildings intermingle with brand new luxury condominiums, offering vagrants and investors the unique opportunity to get cozy as neighbors, all within earshot of the beltway. But then, Forest Glen has been a bit of a potluck, pragmatic proposition since its inception in 1887.
Forest Glen began life in as a luxury hotel – Ye Forest Inne, to be precise – a summer resort catering to wealthy guests from the nation’s capital. Even though it predated the beltway and suburban sprawl by a generation or so, the idea of getting away from it all so close to home didn’t go anywhere – why stay when the railroads made it easier than ever before to go on a real vacation?
This is a great site that bears repeat visits, for now at least, revealing something new each time – another statue in the woods, another cracked window into which I might peep, a snake crawling across the back of my hand while I scale one of these crumbling rock walls, or another explorer with a kernel of insight to share. Each time I have been, though, there are further signs of renovation and development. Check it out while it’s still halfway weird.
For the record, the actual ad copy for National Park Seminary Condominiums reads:
NEW PRICING: Condominiums from the low $400s
PRIME LOCATION: Inside the Beltway, 1 mile from Forest Glen Metro
HIGH-END FINISHES: Hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances
HISTORIC FEATURES (per plan): Decorative fireplaces, wainscoting, crown molding
ABUNDANT GREENSPACE: On 13-acre glen, adjacent to Rock Creek Park
Units still available.
Abandoned Washington DC by Thomas Kenning