While the Spanish Steps are not on my day-to-day path around DC, they are between my office and one of our historic sites, so I do pass them every now and again — most recently on the way to a staff picnic at said site. They’re tucked into a picturesque spot in Kalorama, and to be honest, I had no idea why there is this random, pretty staircase between R and S Streets. So, I did what any 21st-century person would do: I Googled them. According to Cultural Tourism DC,
Our Spanish Steps once led to an 18th-century manor house named Kalorama, which gave its name to this neighborhood of stunning heights and rolling hills. In Greek, Kalorama means “beautiful view.” Washington’s Spanish Steps were lovingly restored in 1999 by area groups listed on the plaque on the right as you descend.