Douglass/Shipley Terrace/Congress Heights

Douglass, a residential neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC on the eastern side of St. Elizabeth Campus, and on the border of the Congress Heights Metro Station. It is bounded by Suitland Parkway to the north and east, Alabama Avenue to the south, and the St. Elizabeths campus to the west. Douglass, which sits atop a hilly ridge that is the highest point in Southeast Washington, was once almost entirely occupied by two public complexes: Douglass Dwellings and Stanton Dwellings.

It is now one of the up-and-coming areas of Washington, DC, with a Super Giant, several national banks, and an International House of Pancakes resturant. It is also very close to THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Center), with institutions such as Trinity Washington University (formerly Trinity College), the School of the Washington Ballet and the Levine School of Music.

The area has several historic Jewish cemeteries, including the Adas Israel and Elisavetgrad cemeteries. The neighborhood is named for the famed American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, whose homestead sits approximately one mile north of his namesake community.

Shipley Terrace, formerly known as Randall Heights, is a large residential neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC bordering Prince Georges County, Maryland. The neighborhood, named after a former public housing complex in the neighborhood, which was largely occupied by low-income housing —primarily walk up and garden unit apartments.

This neighborhood now has a mix of town home communities, large single family home communities, as well as some low-income housing. It is a model neighborhood for the Hope VI revitalization Grant Program. Shipley Terrace is bounded by Alabama Avenue to the north, Mississippi Avenue to the south, Wheeler Road to the west, Suitland Parkway to the northeast, and Southern Avenue to the southeast.


Congress Heights, a residential neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., in the United States. The irregularly shaped neighborhood is bounded by the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus, Lebaum Street SE, 4th Street SE, and Newcomb Street SE on the northeast; Shepard Parkway and South Capitol Street on the west; Atlantic Street SE and 1st Street SE (as far as Chesapeake Street SE) on the south; Oxon Run Parkway on the southeast; and Wheeler Street SE and Alabama Avenue SE on the east. Commercial development is heavy along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue.