Everywhere you look
German Roots in Washington
Washington, DC's Seventh Street corridor is a locus of German-American sites in the nation's capital. Yet look beyond the "Old Downtown" to see how Germans have left traces everywhere over the past two hundred years. Enjoy our diversity as a people by looking at these sites.
German-speaking immigrants to the United States were so numerous that you can find their influence everywhere in the built environment, in journalism, in politics, and in the arts. Everywhere you look.Washington's German-speaking community had an enormous impact and presence right here where the Goethe-Institut has its Washington office. German businesses and houses of worship, along with architects, artists, and inhabitants, left a lasting legacy on what was Washington’s principal business and shopping district in the 19th and early 20th centuries. And they continue to influence the nation's capital today.
Explore this website. Stroll around the neighborhood and beyond. Discover history behind the façades. Enjoy the evolving mixture of peoples, places, and styles that make Washington the vibrant place it is today.
As you "stroll," take the opportunity to explore also the connections back to the German-speaking countries of Europe, both historically and today. And stop by the Goethe-Institut while you're at it.