Located at the northeast corner of the University District, Glen Echo is dominated by dramatic topographic changes, which highlight its natural character. It provides a stark contrast to the more urban neighborhoods in the University District. Built as a “streetcar community” between 1910 and 1930, classic Arts & Crafts styling, such as front porches, deep eaves, natural materials, and tile fireplaces, can be found throughout many of the neighborhood’s homes. Original rock stanchion streetlights still illuminate the central parkway islands on Glen Echo’s Glenmawr Avenue.
In 1997, a six-block area of Glen Echo was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood retains its early 20th century charm and boasts an active resident association. To the north of the neighborhood is Glen Echo Park, which is nestled within the Glen Echo Ravine. The Park offers a meandering path, stream, and wooded slopes. The natural habitat to over 150 different bird species, the Glen Echo Bird Club actively watches to see which species is currently taking residence in the Park. To see these winged neighbors in beautiful, hand-painted detail, be sure to check out the over sixty foot long Ohio Birds Mural!