Main Content

Welcome toWard 2

Best known as the home of the National Mall, the White House, the Washington Monument, and world-class museums, Ward 2 is the place where many ttheists and other visitors spend the bulk of their time. The iconic images that define Washington are most associated with this ward. It also includes the non-residential, federal office enclaves of Federal Triangle and Southwest Federal Center.

Ward 2 is a thriving commercial center for the city, stretching along Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest from Georgetown to Foggy Bottom to Downtown. Retail and commercial outlets range from quirky shops to luxury retailers. The storied K Street Corridor houses government affairs, lobbyist offices, and law firms, another economic engine in the District. The Downtown neighborhood has seen tremendous growth and redevelopment over the past 10 years as vacant buildings have been renovated, vacant lots built on, and empty storefronts filled with new retail, restaurants, entertainment venues and museums.

But Ward 2 is so much more than government and retail. It encompasses some of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city, and includes a mix of historic townhouses, apartment and office buildings. Sheridan-Kalorama and Dupont Circle are home to grand Victorian townhomes and stand-alone mansions, many of which are occupied by foreign embassies and chanceries. The Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Square, and Shaw neighborhoods have undergone significant changes in the last few years as houses are renovated and new multi-family and commercial development are completed, particularly along the 14th Street corridor.