Wednesday, September 7, 2011
No, not THOSE Spanish Steps, but rather the so named 'Spanish Steps' in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC (connecting 22nd and S streets NW). Originally, steps in this location led to a grand 18th century estate named Belair which was later changed to Kalorama, Greek for 'fine view', in 1807 by then owner and poet Joel Barlow. These steps were built in 1911 when the neighborhood was being developed at the height of the city beautiful movement and later were rebuilt (following decades of neglect) in 1999 by a group of neighbors. They now hold a rather romantic character and many a DC girl has been proposed sitting here in summer. Now who needs to go all the way to Rome when we have our own Spanish Steps in our backyard!