Foggy Bottom lies in the northwest quadrant of downtown Washington. It dates back to the 18th and the 19th centuries and is considered one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington DC. The area is bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue to the north, Constitution Avenue to the south, 17th street to the east and Rock Creek Parkway to the west. Foggy Bottom is home to George Washington University, one of the best in Washington DC. As for its name, it is said that the riverside location and the numerous industries led to frequent dense fogs and eventually the area came to be known as Foggy Bottom.
In the current day District of Columbia, Foggy Bottom was the site of earliest settlement. It started when Jacob Funk, a German settler divided the 130 acres of land at the meeting point of the Potomac River and Rock Creek and handed it out to the settlers. Although the official name given to it was Hamburg, Foggy Bottom was casually referred to as Funkstown. Records state that the area between 18th and 24th street were divided by Jacob Punk into exactly 287 lots of land. However, there are also two other people, Robert Peter and James Linigan, who take the credit for Foggy Bottom settlements. The trio controlled the land until 1791, when the power was handed over to the American Government. This German influence was the sole reason of the emergence of a German community of immigrants in the area.
Jacob Funk sold his part of the territory to the German communities in 1768. One lot was handed out to each of the Luteherans and the Presbyterians, the two German communities. The lot belonging to German Lutheransis the one that lies on the corner of 20th and G street, and the lot belonging to German Presbyterians lies to the southeast corner of 22nd street and G street. However, these plots were used only after the 1880s. The spot where the Concordia German Church stands is the one belonging to a German Lutheran community.
Foggy Bottom is traversed by shuttle buses. The neighborhood is also one of the few which is so well connected via the metro. The GMU Washington Metro is served by the Orange, Blue and Silver lines. This makes travelling from Foggy Bottom very convenient. The Metrobus takes the routes 31, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 80, H1, N3, X1, S1 and L1, connecting every nook and corner of the neighborhood.
Foggy has a multitude of educational institutions. In fact, half of the entire neighborhood is taken up by the George Washington University. Then there is the University of California and the prestigious GMU law school. Apart from this, Dupont Circle also has adult educational programs like The Writer’s Center, Global Language Network, Corcoran Arts continuing Education and Management Concepts to name a few.
Places to visit:
Free show at Kennedy Center
This performing arts center named after President Jon F. Kennedy holds concerts every day at 6 pm. You will witness all forms of art and music, from jazz combos to the tube festival.
State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms
When you are in Foggy Bottom, do not miss out on the visit to the Diplomatic Reception Rooes. These lavishly decorated rooms are exactly where the US diplomats cut their deals.
The first thing that needs mention is that Watergate offers a splendid view of the entire neighborhood. Then, comes the culinary feast. The place serves American food with a French twist and also has a great collection of whisky and cocktails.
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