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Spring Valley is an affluent neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., known for large homes, winding and hilly, tree-lined streets. Bounded by Massachusetts Avenue to the northeast, Dalecarlia Parkway to the west, and Loughboro Road and Nebraska Avenue to the south, the area is an oddly-shaped semicircle, with American University’s main campus taking up the southeast corner. Mostly populated with Brick Colonials with a smattering of Tudors and a few others built in there for a beautiful residential setting. The homes get larger as you go further south on Massachusetts Avenue. By the time it reaches it southernmost street, Rockwood Parkway, most of the homes become mansions sitting on small estates. Presidents George H.W.Bush, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson have all held addresses in Spring Valley prior to their elections. Probably the main reason some of the city’s most successful residents choose to live in Spring Valley over, say, Georgetown, is for its suburban feel. Within its boundaries, the area is almost completely noncommercial: nothing but homes, trees, wide green lawns, and a park, with a few cars passing by on quiet streets.
american university, washington college of law and wesley theological seminary located in spring valley
Spring Valley is home to several educational institutions.
- American University, with its main campus at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues, at Ward Circle, has roughly 7,200 undergraduate students and 5,230 graduate students are currently enrolled. This institution is a private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral and research-based university. Especially being known for promoting international understanding it creating a diverse student body from more than 150 countries. They are affiliated with the United Methodist Church, although the university’s curriculum is secular.
- Directly adjacent is the Wesley Theological Seminary, centered in Christian faith, prepares more than 700 students annually, representing more than 30 denominations, to become exemplary teachers, preachers, and leaders in the world today. Becoming leaders of churches and other service organizations, their graduates are in ministry in all 50 states and in 20 countries, with an additional campus in Mt. Vernon.
- Located just up Massachusetts Avenue is Washington College of Law, ranked by U.S. News & World Report 72nd in the nation in the Best Law Schools. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, and a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Starting in 1896, it is the first law school to be founded by women, the first with a female dean, and the first to graduate an all-female class. These are all very accessible through the Metrobus, going up and down Massachusetts Avenue, the Metrorail, on the Red Line, Tenleytown/AU Stop or Capital Crescent Trail, for cycling fans, has nearby access points.
Spring Valley was an undeveloped area on the main campus of American University during World War I and World War II. The Army was allowed to use this area for testing chemical warfare agents such as mustard gas, therefore this area was known as the “American University Experimental Station” or Camp Leach. About 100,000 soldiers and 2,000 chemists were employed on the campus. When the war had ended it was reported that, in that time, $800,000 worth of World War I munitions were buried in a pit in the same corner of the university. In 1993, a construction worker unearthed some of the buried munitions near a Senator’s house bordering the university grounds. The military did a major cleanup to the area and then in 1999, they discovered more agents in the garden of the South Korean ambassador. The Army officials said that these served as no threat as long as they were undisturbed and the residents and students would not have any effects. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the lead agency in clean up, promising they would removed any and everything they found.
In Spring Valley, the community cohesiveness is high, the crime is low, children enjoy unbridled play, commercial offerings are within walking distance, and the rest of the District is closeby.
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