African American History Month: Langston Terrace Dwellings

Did you know that there are African American New Deal communities in our region too? Let's learn more about the Langston Terrace Dwellings in Washington, D.C.

Constructed from 1935-38, the Langston Terrace Dwellings were designed by African American architect Hilyard Robinson, whose overseas travels and studies inspired its modern, Bauhaus-influenced International style.

Robinson, like many Modernist architects of the era, believed housing architecture could be transformative and visually pleasing. Langston Terrace Dwellings included public art such as this one by Lenore Thomas Straus, who also created works in Greenbelt.

For more information about Langston Terrace Dwellings, please visit the wonderful "10 Homes That Changed America" site!

Originally posted February 2, 2018. To see the original thread on Twitter, please click here. Follow us at @greenbeltmuseum.

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