To See Fairlawn Means a Lot

Fairlawn real estate advertisement from the Washington Herald - July 22nd, 1911
Fairlawn real estate advertisement from the Washington Herald – July 22nd, 1911

This is an advertisement for new development and real estate across the Eastern Branch, near Anacostia. Click on the ad for a closer look at what is a harsh window into a very different (and blatantly racist) time in Washington. Reading these anachronistic advertisements over 100 years later still makes you cringe at the way things were back then.

Fairlawn is also where Anacostia High School is located.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Thank you for showing this side of things, instead of just the ideallic stuff. To know that I as a part “Negro” couldn’t have lived there, and now knowing the composition of the neighborhood is so fascinating. Keep up the great work!

  • Sheila Gilbert

    My mother graduated from Anacostia High School, and this area is located on Fairlawn Avenue. It’s a pretty large area too. My grandmother and grandfather had a house on 19th St. SE in 1930, and it’s the only single house still standing there. One of the originals of the day. My mother grew up there. She will be 92 in October.