Tenleytown is a neighborhood in northwest, Washington, DC., located in an area bounded by Garrison Street NW to the north, Upton Street to the south, Wisconsin Avenue to the west and Reno Road to the east. The neighborhood is defined by Tenley Circle which lies at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, and Yuma Street. American UniversityÍs Tenley Campus is located on the circle. The area is the site of Fort Reno, one of the forts that formed a ring around Washington D.C. during the American Civil War to protect the capital against invasions. It proved to be a crucial lookout point for preventing a siege of Washington; as it is the highest natural point in the District of Columbia.
Old meets new along Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. The former Sears (that became HechingerÍs) store was converted to a mixed-use development complex called Cityline at Tenley, with luxury condos on the top levels, and commercial at street level and underground; with the Tenleytown-AU Red Line Metro station in front of the building. Enclaves of early 20th century Colonials and Bungalows lie within walking distance of the shops, stores and restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue. The schools for the neighborhood are Janney Elementary, Deal Junior High, and Woodrow Wilson High School. Tenleytown is also the location of independent schools Georgetown Day School and Sidwell Friends School. District of Columbia Public Library operates the Tenley-Friendship Library at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Streets. The zip code for the neighborhood is 20016.
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