The architectural diversity in Kent is due to its unique origins. The first homes were populated by freed slaves following the Civil War. And as the neighborhood grew in the 20th century, it’s lack of restrictive covenants barring minorities fostered a diverse, intellectual and artistic community.
The homes built there include traditional colonials, tudors, as well as some bungalows and modern designs. In 1952 the Hechinger family built two homes by modernist Walter Gropius on Chain Bridge Road.
Situated between MacArthur Boulevard and Battery Kemble Park, there are tree-lined streets up and down its hills and contours. There are no commercial establishments within its borders, but the neighborhood is adjacent to shps and restaurants on MacArthur and a short drive down Canal Road to Georgetown.