Capitol Hill Murals – Walking Tour

Presented by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society

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Capitol Hill is home to many dazzling (some, quite literally) works of art, painted on the exteriors of homes and businesses. Some murals are well known to the community – but are still included because they are much-loved and the Mural Tour wouldn’t be complete without them. Others may be familiar only to their immediate neighbors. Several of them have been on view for decades; many are more recent, including those that are part of the DC Statehood Murals project. One is not actually a mural at all – but it’s art on the exterior of a structure, so no reason not to give it the attention it deserves. Two have since been destroyed and several others may be prove to be temporary, but they can live forever, virtually, on the CHRS website.

While the Tour can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your home, why not use this opportunity to walk our streets and alleys? Art is always best appreciated in person; particularly true in this case where the scale and placement of the work made photography a challenge. Images of all the murals and a downloadable handout can be found at chrs.org/mural-tour/.

If you missed the opening of the #StayAtHomeHouseTour in mid-September, it’s definitely not too late; it’s free on-line at chrs.org/vht-2020/.

Elizabeth Nelson is the chair of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s (CHRS) House & Garden Tour Committee. For more information on this, other free events, and issues of historic preservation, visit www.chrs.org.

For your convenience here is a map with approximate locations. Note that some sites are home to more than one mural, as indicated in brackets in the legend.

#1 – 801 Virginia Ave SE [4]
#2 – Underpass at 8th and I Sts.. SE [7]
#3 – 745 8th St. SE
#4 – 717 8th St. SE [2]
#5 – 726 9th St. SE
#6 – 524/526 8th St. SE [2]
#7 – 520 8th St. SE [2]
#8 – Alley behind 516 8th St. SE [5]
#9 – 501 8th St. SE
#10 – 419 8th St. SE
#11 – 130 D St. SE (rear)
#12  – 120 South Capitol St. SE
#13 – 301 North Carolina Ave. SE [3]
#14 – 317 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
#15 – 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
#16 – Eastern Market Metro Plaza (sidewalk)
#17 – 323 7th St. SE [2]
#18 – 212 7th St. SE
#19 – Eastern Market Farmer’s Line (sidewalk)
#20 –635  North Carolina Ave. SE
#21 – 712 East Capitol St. NE
#22 – 235 F St. NE
#23 – 1106 3rd St. NE
#24 – 539 8th St. NE
#25 – 920 F St. NE
#26 – 640 10th St. NE (rear) [5]
#27 – 506 H St. NE
#28 – 819 6th St. NE
#29 – 700 H St. NE
#30 – Alley behind 700 block of H St. NE (north side) [2]
#31 – 901 H St. NE
#32 – 822 H St. NE [3]
#33 – 900 H St. NE [2]
#34 – 1010 H St. NE
#35 – 1128 H St. NE
#36 – 1200 H St. NE
#37 – 1245 H St. NE
#38 – 1252 H St. NE
#39 – 1257 Wylie St. NE
#40 – 910 13th St. NE
#41 – 1320 H St. NE
#42 – 1333 H St. NE [8]
#43 – 1339 H St. NE (rear) [3]
#44 – 1335 H St. NE
#45 – 515 15th St. NE [2]
#46 – 1631 Rosedale St. NE (rear)
#47 – 1021 E St. NE (rear)
#48 – 1375 E St. NE (14th St. side)
#49 – 1250 Constitution Ave. NE (13th St. side)
#50 – 101 15th St. NE
#51 – 1700 East Capitol St. NE (rear)
#52 – 1518 A St. SE
#53 – Alley behind 1314 Independence Ave. SE /132 13th St. SE [3]
#54 – 29 King’s Ct. SE
#55 – 1609 E St. SE (rear)
#56 – 1426-1428 G St. SE (rear/alley) [2]
#57 – 500 12th St. SE
#58 – 1220 D St. SE