Brookland is an up-and-coming neighborhood in Washington, DC with great restaurants, beautiful architecture, and the convenience of rapid transit: the Brookland Metro Station. It is home to national landmarks and is only 3 miles from the US Capitol building. In short, it is a great place to call home.
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The area of Brookland in northeast DC gets its name from the Colonel Jehiel Brooks, who settled on a 150-acre farm in the early 19th century, and who’s elegant Greek Revival mansion from 1840 still stands at 901 Newton Street, N.E. In 1887 Catholic University was established near the Brooks Mansion and soon developers subdivided the old farm and built what was then considered a suburb. The original houses were built in a variety of architectural styles, including Victorian, Colonial Revival and Craftsman.
Brookland soon became home to the largest cluster of Catholic institutions to be found outside of Rome itself. In addition the Catholic University, the only university in the United States under the direct patronage of the Pope, institutions include the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in the United States, Franciscan Monastery with its Byzantine- style Memorial Church of the Holy Land, and at least 60 Catholic colleges, schools, houses of study, convents, and seminaries.
Some of Brookland’s distinguished residents included Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling; diplomat and Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunch; Robert Weaver, the first black cabinet member (head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Kennedy); poet and educator Sterling Brown; and singer Pearl Bailey.