Borne of the building feud between Harry K. Boss and Waverly Taylor in 1932, Colony Hill’s original sales brochure states that the neighborhood was built for people “whose minds seek that elusive atmosphere of the old.” Boss built homes using themes from Grecian, Georgian and New England architectural designs. This put traditionally styled homes within distance of downtown D.C. However, when development rival, Taylor, began building his competing development, blocking the view appreciated by Boss’s houses, progress halted. Of the 70 houses initially planned, only 43 were built.
Composed of only five streets, Colony Hill is located in the southwest corner of Glover Archbold Park in northwest Washington, D.C. Defined to the north and east by the park, to the south by Reservoir Road NW and to the west by Foxhall Road NW, the neighborhood is exclusively residential.