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300 block, north side (DCHistoryQuest)

15 January 2017

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The following notes are taken from DCHistoryQuest, “an interactive GIS map that provides historical data on approximately 127,000 extant buildings in Washington, D.C.” To save space, I have deleted lines that are left blank. Please keep in mind that if no building permit is cited, the construction date is usually conjectural.


300 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0806
Year Built — 1857
Source — Boschke Map
Purpose — dwelling


304 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0027
Year Built — 1909
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0185
Permit Date — July 12, 1909
Original Owner — Murphy, D. J.
Architect — Norris, L.
Builder — Norris, L.
Material — brick & stone
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $5000
Qty Built — 2
Microfilm Roll — 0525
Width — 18
Depth — 30
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — concrete
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — limestone
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — hot water


306 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0026
Year Built — 1909
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0185
Permit Date — July 12, 1909
Original Owner — Murphy, D. J.
Architect — Norris, L.
Builder — Norris, L.
Material — brick & stone
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $5000
Qty Built — 2
Microfilm Roll — 0525
Width — 18
Depth — 30
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — concrete
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — limestone
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — hot water


312 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0023
Year Built — 1898
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0360
Permit Date — September 8, 1898
Original Owner — York (James M.) & Son
Architect — York (James M.) & Son
Builder — York (James M.) & Son
Material — brick & stone
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $3500
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0227
Width — 19
Depth — 34
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — concrete & brick
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — Hummelstown
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin & slate
Heat — Latrobe(s)


314 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0805
Year Built — 1885
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0252
Permit Date — August 4, 1885
Original Owner — Edelin, John H.
Architect — Friedrich, Emil S.
Builder — Friedrich, Emil S.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $8000
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0087
Width — 23
Depth — 26
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


316 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0804
Year Built — 1885
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0252
Permit Date — August 4, 1885
Original Owner — Edelin, John H.
Architect — Friedrich, Emil S.
Builder — Friedrich, Emil S.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $8000
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0087
Width — 23
Depth — 26
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


318 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0030
Year Built — 1874
Source — Faetz & Pratt 1874 Real Estate Directory
Purpose — dwelling


320 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0032
Year Built — 1912
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 3638
Permit Date — February 20, 1912
Original Owner — Spencer, Wm. S.
Architect — Adams, B. B.
Builder — Adams, B. B.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $3000
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0673
Width — 19
Depth — 28
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — concrete
Front Material — brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — hot water


322 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0803
Year Built — 1899
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0180
Permit Date — July 27, 1899
Original Owner — Yost, J. C.
Architect — Woltz, Edward
Builder — Woltz, Edward
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6000
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0236
Width — 21
Depth — 31
Stories — 3
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — concrete
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — hot water


326 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0802
Year Built — 1857
Source — Boschke Map


330 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0787
Lot — 0801
Year Built — 1874
Source — Faetz & Pratt 1874 Real Estate Directory
Purpose — dwelling

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Mary C. Ratcliffe: death

12 July 2015

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[She lived at 318 A St., S.E.]

Washington Evening Star, 9 January 1903, p. 5.

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Morgan F. Mount: death

12 July 2015

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[He lived and worked at 318 A St., S.E.]

Washington Evening Star, 9 May 1891, p. 5.

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Washington Evening Star, 11 June 1891, p. 1.

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Residents of 318 A in Boyd’s Directory

12 July 2015

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[Originally posted 21 February 2014; revised 12 July 2015.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 318 A Street, SE:

[1872] James Walsh (grocer).

[1876] Benjamin O. Greenwell (carpenter); Joseph B. Greenwell (grocer).

[1878] John L. Ginck (printer).

[1881] Morgan F. Mount (Mount & Co., china & glassware [business address]); Nicholas H. Main (assistant cashier, P. P. C. Co.).

[1883] Morgan F. Mount (Mount & Co., china & glassware [business address]); Mary J. Mount (Mount & Co.).

[1884] Morgan F. Mount (Mount & Co.); Mary J. Mount (Mount & Co.).

[1885] Morgan F. Mount (Mount & Co.); Mount & Co. [business address]; Matilda Contee (servant); Nicholas Main (superintendent).

[1886] Morgan F. Mount (crockery).

[1887] Morgan F. Mount (china, glass and earthenware [business address]).

[1888] Caleb A. Rice (furniture).

[1889] Daniel Norton (plumber); William Young (laborer); Mary C. Ratcliffe (charwoman); Louisa Coleman (washer); Charles A. Rice (laborer).

[1890] Daniel Norton (plumber); Mary C. Ratcliffe (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1891] Mary C. Ratcliffe (clerk).

[1892] Daniel D. Marsh (brickmaker); Daniel Norton (plumber).

[1893] Mary C. Ratcliffe; Daniel Norton (plumber).

[1894] George F. Crown (oysters [business address]); Daniel Norton (plumber); Mary C. Ratcliffe (widow of William Ratcliffe); Daniel D. Marsh (watchman).

[1895] Daniel Norton (plumber); George F. Crown (oysters [business address]); Mary C. Ratcliffe (charwoman); Daniel D. Marsh (watchman); Judson T. Faulkner (agent).

[1896] Daniel D. Marsh (watchman); George F. Crown (oysters [business address]); Daniel Norton (plumber).

[1897] Mary C. Ratcliffe (laborer); Daniel Norton (plumber); Catharine C. Ratcliffe (bookkeeper); William Heath (laborer); George Barnes (tinner); George F. Crown (oysters).

[1898] George F. Crown (oysters [business address]).

[1899] George F. Crown (oysters [business address]); John H. Smith (cook); Marie C. Smith; Charles Lewis (waiter); Martha Fox (widow); Mamie T. Lewis (widow of John Lewis).

[1903] Barnes & Thomas (William H. Barnes and Thomas F. Thomas (oysters [business address]); Mary Jackson (Government Printing Office); Annie Smith (widow of Harrison Smith); Erskin Smith (driver).

[1905] Esther Erlene Smith (nurse).

[1906] Thomas F. Thomas (oysters [business address]); Charles R. Douglass (Pension Office); Erskin Smith (laborer); J. Marwin Carpenter (waiter).

[1907] Barnes & Thomas (oysters [business address]).

[1908] Jesse Clark (driver); Nancy Johnson (domestic); Alice Thomas (domestic); Frederick Thomas and William H. Barnes (oysters [business address]).

[1909] Joseph Jennings (house painter).

[1914] S. Gertrude Shelton (music teacher, boards).

[1915] Gertrude Shelton (music teacher).

[1916] Gertrude Shelton (music teacher).

[1917] Gertrude S. Shelton (music teacher, boards).

[1919] John C. Schroeder (assistant secretary, Washington Safe Deposit Co.).

[1920] John C. Schroeder (assistant secretary, Washington Safe Deposit Co.).

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Building permits

11 April 2015

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The following list is adapted from a summary of Capitol Hill building permits created by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society.


Unidentified A Street address

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 2020, 4 April 1879. Estimated cost: $2,200. Owner: Madison Davis.

301 A St., SE

56′ x 73′ brick church, permit no. 126, 19 July 1888. Estimated cost: $20,000. Owner: St. Mark’s Church, Trustees. Architect: T. Buckler Ghequier. Builder: W. H. C. Thompson.

304 A St., SE

18′ x 30′ brick and stone dwelling, permit no. 185, 13 July 1909. Estimated cost: $5,000. Owner: D. J. Murphy. Architect: L. Norris. Builder: D. J. Murphy.

306 A St., SE

18′ x 30′ brick and stone dwelling, permit no. 185, 13 July 1909. Estimated cost: $5,000. Owner and builder: D. J. Murphy. Architect: L. Norris.

312 A St., SE

19′ x 34′ brick and stone dwelling, permit no. 360, 9 September 1898. Estimated cost: $3,500. Owner: Gershom Bradford. Architect and builder: James M. York & Son.

314 A St., SE

23′ x 26′ brick dwelling, permit no. 252, 5 August 1885. Estimated cost: $8,000. Owners: Mrs. M. Davis and Mrs. Ruff. Architect: Emil S. Friedrich. Builder: John H. Edelin.

316 A St., SE

23′ x 26′ brick dwelling, permit no. 252, 5 August 1885. Estimated cost: $8,000. Owners: Mrs. M. Davis and Mrs. Ruff. Architect: Emil S. Friedrich. Builder: John H. Edelin.

317 A St., SE

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1519, 30 October 187 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $1,500. Owner: Hugh McCaffrey.

318 A St., SE

[This entry is partly illegible.] Brick private garage, permit no. 787. Owner: Charles Shelton. Architect: William B. Shelton.

320 A St., SE

19′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 3638, 21 February 1912. Estimated cost: $3,000. Owner: Julia A. Chase. Architect: B. B. Adams. Builder: William S. Spencer.

322 A St., SE

21′ x 31′ brick dwelling, permit no. 180, 28 July 1899. Estimated cost: $6,000. Owner: J. N. Avery. Architect: Edward Woltz. Builder, J. C. Yost.

323 A St., SE

20′ x 28′ brick dwelling permit no. 1418, 10 October 187 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $2,000. Owner: Henderson Fowler.

325 A St., SE

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 856, 3 July 1878. Estimated cost: $3,200. Owner: Hugh McCaffrey.

327 A St., SE

22′ x 28′ brick dwelling, permit no. 856, 3 July 1878. Estimated cost: $3,200. Owner: Hugh McCaffrey.

329 A St., SE

24′ x 28′ brick dwelling and store, permit no. 215, 29 July 1885. Estimated cost: $2,000. Owner: George W. Barnes.

400 A St., SE

21′ x 40′ brick dwelling, permit no.2391, 18 May 1887. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner: H. P. Godwin.

402 A St., SE

21′ x 40′ brick dwelling, permit no. 2390, 18 May 1887. Estimated cost: $3, 000. Owner: F. A. Wood.

404 A St., SE

21′ x 34′ brick dwelling, permit no. 453, 25 August 1892. Estimated cost: $10,000. Owner and builder: N. Hilliard. Architect: N. T. Haller.

405 A St., SE

17′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 827, 23 November 188 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $9,000. Owner, architect, and builder: Charles W. King.

406 A St., SE

21′ x 34′ brick dwelling, permit no. 453, 25 August 1892. Estimated cost: $10,000. Owner and builder: N. Hilliard. Architect: N. T. Haller.

407 A St., SE

17′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 827, 23 November 188 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $9,000. Owner, architect, and builder: Charles W. King.

408 A St., SE

23′ x 63′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1878, 4 April 1892. Estimated cost: $8,500. Owner: Mary L. Hill. Architect: N. T. Haller. Builder: John H. Nolan.

409 A St., SE

17′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 827, 23 November 188 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $9,000. Owner, architect, and builder: Charles W. King.

410 A St., SE

19′ x 45′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1008, 24 November 190 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $3,500. Owner: Henry E. Tripp. Architect: John Webster.

411 A St., SE

31 x 32 brick dwelling, permit no. 1203, 3 December 1891. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner, architect, and builder: F. S. Obold.

413 A St., SE

16′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 641, 17 September 1889. Estimated cost: $7,000. Owner: Dr. J. W. Bayne. Architect: T. Franklin Schneider. Builder: W. F. Kirby & Brothers.

415 A St., SE

16′ x 32′ brick dwelling, permit no. 641, 17 September 1889. Estimated cost: $7,000. Owner: Dr. J. W. Bayne. Architect: T. Franklin Schneider. Builder: W. F. Kirby & Brothers.

417 A St., SE

20′ x 36′ brick dwelling, permit no. 366, 15 August 1892. Estimated cost: $5,200. Owner: J. W. Bayne. Architect: T. Franklin Schneider. Builder: S. J. Prescott.

503 A St., SE

18′ x 57′ brick dwelling, permit no. 225, 17 August 1880. Estimated cost: $6,600. Owners: Sarah J. Ruff and Virginia Davis. Architect: J. L. Schaffert.

504 A St., SE

22′ x 58′ brick dwelling, permit no. 805, 31 January 1883. Estimated cost: $2,500. Owner: Bernard Kernan.

505 A St., SE

18′ x 57′ brick dwelling, permit no. 225, 17 August 1880. Estimated cost: $6,600. Owners: Sarah J. Ruff and Virginia Davis. Architect: J. L. Schaffert.

506 A St., SE

21′ x 58′ brick dwelling, permit no. 282, 26 July 1906. Estimated cost: $10,000. Owner: John C. Hesse. Architect: W. S. Plager. Builder: George W. Barkman.

507 A St., SE

19′ x 45′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1858, 26 May 1885. Estimated cost: $2,000. Owner: F. McLean. Architect: Rhodes and Simms.

509 A St., SE

15′ x 30′ brick dwelling, permit no. 351, 2 August 1887. Estimated cost: $6,000. Owner: Thomas B. Marche. Architect: Oliver Cox.

510 A St., SE

18′ x 30′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1979, 24 December 190 [incomplete number]. Estimated cost: $4,300. Owner: Henry A. Hesse. Architect: W. S. Plager. Builder: George W. Barkman.

511 A St., SE

15′ x 30′ brick dwelling, permit no. 351, 2 August 1887. Estimated cost: $6,000. Owner: Thomas B. Marche. Architect: Oliver Cox.

516 A St., SE

21′ x 31′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1045, 4 March 1880. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner: B. D. Harrison.

518 A St., SE

21′ x 31′ brick dwelling, permit no. 1045, 4 March 1880. Estimated cost: $4,000. Owner: B. D. Harrison.

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Edwinetta Schroeder and Charles Zurhorst: wedding

4 July 2014

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“In the World of Society.” Washington Evening Star, 2 December 1912, p. 7.

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Katie Thomas: death

3 May 2014

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“Deaths Reported.” Washington Evening Star, 11 March 1909, p. 7.

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Charles Zurhorst: ad

20 December 2013

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Washington Post, 17 May 1914, p. 3. [Same on 18, 19, and 20 May 1914.]

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Emma Swain: death

16 December 2013

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“Died.” Washington Post, 4 May 1928, p. 5. [Same on 5, 6, and 7 May.]

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Arabella Shelton: death

16 December 2013

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“Died.” Washington Post, 24 September 1932, p. 3. [Same in 25 September.]

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Charles Shelton estate: building permit

16 December 2013

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“Building Permits for the Week $499,470, a Noteworthy Increase.” Washington Post, 2 April 1916, p. R2.

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Adella Shelton: death

11 December 2013

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“Died.” Washington Post, 8 June 1925, p. 3.

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Haley Douglas: flashlight stolen

11 December 2013

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“Police News Notes of a Day.” Washington Post, 21 November 1915, p. 19.

“These robberies were reported to the police yesterday: . . .

“From automobile belonging to Haley G. Douglas, 318 A street southeast, a flashlight valued at $1.50.”

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Charles Shelton: purchases house

10 December 2013

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Washington Post, 3 December 1911, p. R5.

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John Trotter: marriage license

10 December 2013

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“Today in Washington: Applications for Marriage Licenses.” Washington Post, 12 July 1940, p. 33.

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Maria Smith: watch stolen

9 December 2013

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Washington Post, 15 November 1900, p. 12.

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Ellie Whitney: death

7 December 2013

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“Died.” Washington Post, 5 December 1915, p. 3.

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