For the last three months, residents of the 1700 block of Riggs Place NW in the District have spilled into the quiet halls of the Martin Luther King Library, poring over maps and land and census records to re-create their block's social and architectural past.
"We knew the block's centennial was coming up and we wanted to do something as a neighborhood to celebrate it," said resident Meg Roggensack, who has lived on the 1700 block of Riggs Place for seven years. "It's amazing how much you can find out about your neighborhood just by doing a little digging, and most of us here were really enthusiastic about the project."
Residents contacted the D.C. Historical Society of Washington, where Roggensack and her husband, Mike Janik, are members. Together, they rounded up architect Tom Stohlman, a board member of the Historical Society who has been involved in restoration projects in the District, and former Riggs Place resident Mara Cherkasky, who researched and wrote a spoken history of Dupont Circle as her master's thesis.
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