14th Street Southwest and Northwest
Retail and apartment buildings at 14th and U Streets
Retail and apartment buildings at 14th and U Streets in 2019
Maintained byDDOT
Length7.2 mi (11.6 km)[1]
LocationSouthwest and Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′22″N 77°1′55″W / 38.88944°N 77.03194°W / 38.88944; -77.03194
South end I-395 / US 1 in East Potomac Park
US 50 (Constitution Avenue) in Federal Triangle
US 29 (K Street) in Downtown
North endEastern Avenue in Shepherd Park
East13th Street
West15th Street
Fourteenth Street Historic District
14th Street (Washington, D.C.) is located in the District of Columbia
14th Street (Washington, D.C.)
14th Street (Washington, D.C.) is located in the United States
14th Street (Washington, D.C.)
LocationRoughly bounded by S, 12th, N and 15th Sts., NW., Washington, District of Columbia
Area105 acres (42 ha)
ArchitectBrown, Glenn, et al.
Architectural styleMid 19th Century Revival, Late Victorian, Modern Movement
NRHP reference No.94000992[2]
Added to NRHPNovember 9, 1994

14th Street NW/SW is a street in Northwest and Southwest quadrants of Washington, D.C., located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) west of the U.S. Capitol. It runs from the 14th Street Bridge north to Eastern Avenue.

Northbound U.S. Route 1 runs along 14th Street from the bridge to Constitution Avenue, where it turns east with US 50. US 1 southbound previously used 15th Street NW due to the ban on left turns from westbound Constitution Avenue to 14th Street, but it now uses the Ninth Street Tunnel, five blocks to the east. 14th Street crosses the National Mall and runs near the White House and through the western side of Washington's Logan Circle neighborhood.

Because it connects to one of the main bridges crossing the Potomac River into Northern Virginia, 14th Street has always been a major transportation corridor. It was the location of one of the first streetcar lines, and today it is the location of several afternoon carpooling "slug lines", which allow commuters to meet the high-occupancy vehicle requirements of I-395, the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway.


In the middle of the 20th century, 14th Street NW near the intersection of P Street was home to many car dealerships and was known as "auto row".[3] The Casino Royal at 14th and H Streets was one of the city's most popular nightclubs. The street was the location of race riots in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.[4]

In the 1970s and 1980s, a portion of 14th Street became known primarily for its red-light district. Several strip clubs and massage parlors were concentrated roughly between New York Avenue and K Street, while prostitutes plied their trade around Logan Circle. However, rising land values eventually pushed out the adult businesses. The Source Theatre, founded by Bart Whiteman in 1977, was given some credit for the area's revival. Whiteman stood outside the theater to escort people inside in order to make them feel safer.[5]

With the gentrification of the neighborhoods through which it passes – particularly downtown, Logan Circle, the U Street Corridor, and Columbia Heights – 14th Street is now known for live theater, art galleries, and trendy restaurants. Moreover, while the nominal center of the city's gay life is still Dupont Circle, the Washington Blade called 14th Street between U Street and Massachusetts Avenue (Thomas Circle) the best place to see and be seen.[6] As of 2012, the center of gravity had shifted and Logan Circle was voted "DC's gay neighborhood."[7]

The opening of a Whole Foods Market at 14th and P Streets in 2000 was considered a turning point for the neighborhood.[8] The 21st century brought rapid gentrification along 14th Street, especially south of Florida Avenue. Within a decade, it had become one of the preeminent dining destinations in the Greater Washington area.[9] In nine months of 2012 and 2013, two dozen restaurants opened on 14th Street.[10] From 2010 to 2012, almost every block of 14th between Rhode Island and Florida Avenues had a major residential redevelopment project scheduled, adding more than 1,200 housing units and 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) of retail.[11]


The renovated Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights at Park Road and 14th Street NW.

Transit service

14th Street has been a major transit route ever since the Capital Traction Company streetcar line was built around the turn of the 20th century. The successor to that line is the Metrobus 14th Street Line—routes 52 & 54.


The Decatur Street Car Barn at 4615 14th St. NW, built in 1906 by the Capital Traction Company. It is now the Metrobus Northern Division garage.

There are two Metrorail stations on 14th Street (the U Street station is one block east, at 13th and U Streets NW and is considered the most convenient stop to visit the heart of 14th St between P and V Sts NW):



The following Metrobus routes travel along the street (listed from south to north):

DC Circulator

The DC Circulator's Woodley ParkAdams MorganMcPherson Square Metro bus line travels along 14th Street between Columbia Heights and Franklin Square.[12]


  1. ^ Google (March 9, 2019). "14th Street SW and NW" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Wilgoren, Debbi (December 20, 2004). "From Showrooms to Showplaces". Washington Post. p. B01. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  4. ^ Linskey, Annie (April 1, 2004). "D.C.'s 14th Street, once shunned, is the new hot spot". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 6 June 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2005.
  5. ^ Lamb, Yvonne Shinhoster (March 24, 2006). "Source Theatre Founder Bart Whiteman". Washington Post. p. B06. Retrieved 9 August 2006.
  6. ^ Best of Gay DC: Community Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, The Washington Blade, October 7, 2005
  7. ^ "Where is DC's Gay Neighborhood? The Winner is..." Borderstan, 30 May 2012.
  8. ^ Amanda Abrams, "In D.C., a Street's Grit Gives Way to Glamour," New York Times, 1 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Best of DC: Best Neighborhood for Dining 2014 Archived 2014-05-19 at the Wayback Machine," Washington City Paper, 2014.
  10. ^ "Take a stroll down the new 14th Street," Washington Post, 21 July 2013.
  11. ^ ABRAMS, AMANDA (May 1, 2012). "In D.C., a Street's Grit Gives Way to Glamour". New York Times.
  12. ^ "DC Circulator". DC Circulator. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-31.