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400 block, south 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.


405 A STREET SE

Contributing Yes
Square — 0818
Lot — 0825
Year Built — 1883
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0827
Permit Date — November 22, 1883
Original Owner — King, Chas. W.
Architect — King, Chas. W.
Builder — King, Chas. W.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $9,000.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0076
Width — 17
Depth — 32
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


407 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0818
Lot — 0024
Year Built — 1883
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0827
Permit Date — November 22, 1883
Original Owner — King, Chas. W.
Architect — King, Chas. W.
Builder — King, Chas. W.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $9,000.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0076
Width — 17
Depth — 32
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


409 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0818
Lot — 0025
Year Built — 1883
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0827
Permit Date — November 22, 1883
Original Owner — King, Chas. W.
Architect — King, Chas. W.
Builder — King, Chas. W.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $9,000.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0076
Width — 17
Depth — 32
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Stone Type
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


411 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0818
Lot — 0814
Year Built — 1891
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 1203
Permit Date December 2, 1891
Original Owner — Obold, F. S.
Architect — Obold, F. S.
Builder — Obold, F. S.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $4,000.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0157
Width — 31
Depth — 32
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


413 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0818
Suffix
Lot — 0823
Year Built 1889
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0641
Permit Date — September 16, 1889
Original Owner — Bayne, J. W., Dr.
Architect — Schneider, T. Franklin
Builder — Kirby (W. F.) & Bro.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $7,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0130
Width — 16
Depth — 32
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — mansard
Roof Material — tin & slate


415 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0818
Lot — 0822
Year Built — 1889
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0641
Permit Date — September 16, 1889
Original Owner — Bayne, J. W., Dr.
Architect — Schneider, T. Franklin
Builder — Kirby (W. F.) & Bro.
Material — brick
Purpose — welling
Est’d Cost — $7,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0130
Width — 16
Depth — 32
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — mansard
Roof Material — tin & slate


417 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0818
Lot — 0027
Year Built — 1892
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0366
Permit Date — August 14, 1892
Original Owner — Bayne, J. W.
Architect — Schneider, T. Franklin
Builder — Prescott, S. J.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost $ — 5,200.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0166
Width — 20
Depth 36
Stories — 3
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — mansard
Roof Material — tin & slate
Heat — stove(s)

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Residents of 415 A in Boyd’s Directory

3 August 2016

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[Originally posted 31 January 2014; ; revised 3 August 2016. The most recently added information is highlighted in green.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 415 A Street, SE:

[1871] William H. Marshall (laborer); Daniel Newton (Newton & Bro.).

[1872] William H. Marshall (waiter); Daniel P. Newton (huckster).

[1875] George Scott (laborer); John Scott (laborer).

[1878] Nelson Bell (carpenter); Amos Bell (carpenter).

[1879] William Davis (waiter); William H. Davis (barber); Ann S. Sidney (widow of Jesse Sidney).

[1880] William Davis (laborer).

[1881] William Davis (waiter); William H. Davis.

[1882] William Davis (waiter); William H. Davis (barber); Ann Sidney (servant).

[1883] Sydney M. Davis (printer); William Davis (barber); William H. Davis (waiter).

[1884] Sydney M. Davis (Government Printing Office); William Davis (waiter); William H. Davis (barber); Ann Sidney (servant).

[1885] Edward Henson (laborer); William Davis (waiter)

[1887] William Hobbs (laborer).

[1888] Agnes Ford (widow of Robert Ford); Bertha Ford (sewing); Edward Gray (driver).

[1889] Agnes Ford (widow of Robert Ford); Edward Gray (driver).

[1891] William H. Tubbs (superintendent, Document Room, House of Representatives); John H. Roeth (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1892] Martha C. Burgess (widow of George Burgess, clerk, Pension Office); Mary E. Crowell; John H. Roeth (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1893] John H. Roeth (Coast and Geodetic Survey); Martha H. C. Burgess (clerk, Pension Office).

[1894] John H. Roeth (Coast and Geodetic Survey); Martha H. C. Burgess (clerk, Pension Office).

[1895] L. W. Habercom (lawyer).

[1896] John B. Peyton (clerk); Lucien B. Peyton (messenger).

[1897] Orville Van Deusen (student); Joseph I. Peyton (patents); James S. Roy (clerk, Pension Office).

[1898] Constance L. Roy (student); E. May Roy; James S. Roy (clerk, Pension Office); Libbie Roy; Maud B. Roy; Thomas B. Roy (salesman); Orville Van Deusen (student).

[1903] Robert M. Day (carrier, Post Office); John F. Mackenzie (machinist); John S. Mackenzie (machinist).

[1904] Anna G. Dugan (student); Jeannette Dugan (teacher); John A. Dugan (clerk); Mary A. Dugan (Department of Agriculture).

[1905] Anna G. Dugan (teacher); Jeannette F. Dugan (teacher); Leo T. Dugan (machinist); Mary Dugan (Department of Agriculture).

[1906] Anna G. Dugan (teacher); Jeanette F. Dugan (teacher); Mary A. Dugan (Department of Agriculture).

[1907] Ann G. Dugan (teacher); John A. Dugan (Geological Survey); Mary A. Dugan (Department of Agriculture).

[1908] James H. Anderson (Navy Yard); Beal Lusby (Navy Yard); John P. Shaffer (motorman); Mabel Shaffer (clerk); Maud Shaffer (clerk).

[1909] John F. Franke (Navy Yard); John A. Dugan (Geological Survey).

[1908] James H. Anderson (Navy Yard); Beal Lusby (Navy Yard); Iola Schaffer (stenographer); John P. Schaffer (motorman); Mabel Schaffer (clerk); Maud Schaffer (clerk).

[1909] John A. Dugan (Geological Survey); Clarence Fisher (tinner); John F. Franke (Navy Yard).

[1910] Ellis F. Beauchamp (Bureau of Printing); Ulysses Beauchamp (clerk); Bertie M. Menefee (bookkeeper); Richard S. Menefee (Pension Office).

[1912] Saul Wilder (stenographer); Ethel Hayden (laundress).

[1914] Vacant.

[1910] Bertie M. Menefee (bookkeeper); Richard S. Menefee (Pension Office).

[1916] Eula Robey (assistant, Bureau of Printing); Harry M. Brown (photographer).

[1917] Harry M. Brown; Eula Robey (operator, Bureau of Printing); Charles Otis (driver); Sarah Otis (clerk).

[1919] Nettie Able (clerk); Virginia Able (clerk); Harry M. Brown (photographer).

[1920] Harry M. Brown; Annie I. Heard (clerk, Woodward & Lothrop); L. R. Heard (clerk, Woodward & Lothrop); Blanche Young (clerk).

[1921] Mary N. Abell [sic] (clerk, Census Office); Rose Abell (telephone operator); Virginia Abell (telephone operator).

[1922] Detie Heard; Herbert Heard (conductor); Lilleth R. Heard (clerk, Woodward & Lothrop).

[1923] Harry M. Brown.

[1925] Mrs. Minnie Brown.

[1928] Howard B. Leonard.

[1932] Harry Limerick.

[1934] Bolvin H. Mack.

[1936] Joseph M. Edmonds.

[1956] Vacant.

[1967] No return.

[1973] Not listed.

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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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Mary Shaffer: death

30 April 2014

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“Deaths in the District.” Washington Evening Star, 18 March 1908, p. 7.

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John Dugan: Warwick Athletic Club

24 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 28 April 1903, p. 9.

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Harry Roth: falls from cable car

19 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 25 July 1893, p. 8.

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Johanna Bailey: death

23 March 2014

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Daily Critic, 19 March 1877, p. 4.

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Case of smallpox (1873)

2 March 2014

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“Jottings about Town.” Daily Critic, 14 July 1873, p. 1. [America’s Historical Newspapers]

“One case of small-pox at No. 415 A street, southeast, was reported at the Health Office on Saturday.”

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