Evolution of the Southwest Waterfront

Southwest Waterfront is the only residential neighborhood west of the Anacostia River in Southwest, the smallest of Washington’s four quadrants. The neighborhood is part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original city plans and is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city, including the Wheat Row block of townhouses built in 1793. In the 1950s, city planners worked with Congress to implement a plan of significant urban renewal. Harbor Square was a cornerstone of the mid-century renewal effort and now is noted as an elegant residential oasis in this vibrant neighborhood that continues to evolve on the water’s edge.