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500 block, north side (DCHistoryQuest)

1 December 2016

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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.


500 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0027
Year Built — 1874
Source — Faetz & Pratt 1874 Real Estate Directory
Purpose — dwelling
Store — 0


502 A STREET SE

Contributing Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0009
Year Built — 1874
Source — Faetz & Pratt 1874 Real Estate Directory
Purpose — dwelling
Store? — 0


504 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0008
Year Built — 1883
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0805
Permit Date — January 30, 1883
Original Owner — Kernan, Bernard
Est’d Cost — $2,500.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0070
Rooms — 0
Width — 22
Depth — 58
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


506 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0025
Year Built — 1906
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0282
Permit Date — July 25, 1906
Original Owner — Hesse, John C.
Architect — Plager, W. S.
Builder — Barkman, Geo. W.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $10,000.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0372
Rooms — 0
Width — 21
Depth — 58
Stories — 3
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — concrete
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — hot water


508 A STREET SE

Contributing — No
Square — 0841
Lot — 0026
Year Built — 1962
Source — DC Assessment Directory 2011
Purpose — dwelling
Store? — 0


510 A STREET SE

Contributing Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0802
Year Built — 1907
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 1979
Permit Date — December 23, 1907
Original Owner — Hesse, Henry A.
Architect — Plager, W. S.
Builder — Barkman, Geo. W.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $4,300.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0448
Rooms — 0
Width — 18
Depth — 30
Stories — 3
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land solid
Foundation Material — concrete
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — hot water


512 A STREET SE

Contributing — No
Square — 0841
Lot — 0004
Year Built — 1966
Source — DC Assessment Directory 2011
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — Baist’s maps agree
Store? — 0


514 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0003
Year Built — 1874
Source — Faetz & Pratt 1874 Real Estate Directory
Purpose — dwelling
Store? — 0


516 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0801
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 1045
Permit Date — March 3, 1880
Original Owner — Harrison, B. D.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $4,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Microfilm Roll — 0056
Rooms — 0
Width — 21
Depth — 31
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


518 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0841
Lot — 0800
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 1045
Permit Date — March 3, 1880
Original Owner — Harrison, B. D.
Est’d Cost — $4,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Microfilm Roll — 0056
Rooms — 0
Width — 21
Depth — 31
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin

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Residents of 502 A in Boyd’s Directory

2 May 2016

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[Originally posted 27 January 2014; revised 2 May 2016. The most recently added information is highlighted in green.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory at 502 A Street, SE:

[1877] Hanora [sic] Fitzpatrick (widow of Michael Fitzpatrick).

[1879] Honora Fitzpatrick.

[1880] Honora Fitzpatrick.

[1881] John T. Tyler (clerk); Mary A. Tyler (widow of Charles S. Tyler); George Y. Thorpe (stonecutter).

[1882] George Y. Thorpe (stonecutter).

[1883] John F. Gates (messenger).

[1884] John F. Gates (watchman).

[1885] Susan C. Ayres (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1886] Susan C. Ayres (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1887] Susan C. Ayres (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1888] Susan C. Ayres (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1889] Susan Ayres (Coast and Geodetic Survey).

[1890] Susie C. Ayres (clerk, Pension Office).

[1892] Daniel O’Connell (printer).

[1894] John M. Kenney (sergeant, police); William S. Moore (bookbinder).

[1895] William S. Moore (bookbinder).

[1897] William S. Moore (Government Printing Office).

[1898] William S. Moore (Government Printing Office).

[1900] William S. Moore (bookbinder).

[1905] William S. Moore (Government Printing Office).

[1906] William S. Moore (Government Printing Office).

[1907] Edith S. Moore (teacher); William S. Moore (Government Printing Office).

[1908] Edith S. Moore (teacher).

[1909] Edith S. Moore (teacher).

[1911] William S. Moore (Government Printing Office).

[1912] Edith S. Moore (teacher).

[1913] Edith S. Moore (teacher).

[1914] William S. Moore.

[1916] Edith S. Moore (teacher); Edward John (driver).

[1917] William S. Moore.

[1920] Arthur H. Colman.

[1923] Arthur H. Colman.

[1925] Louis A. Miller.

[1928] Joseph N. Smith.

[1932] Mrs. Katharine McGarvey.

[1934] Mrs. Katharine McGarvey.

[1936] Mrs. Katharine McGarvey.

[1956] Howard Burton.

[1967] Mrs. V. N. Kidd.

[1973] Mrs. Virginia N. Kidd.

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Joseph Smith: 1930 census

23 December 2015

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Federal census, 1930, 502 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Joseph N. Smith, head, rents ($45), 59, married, 25 at first marriage, b. in D.C., father b. in U.S.A., mother b. in Delaware, fireman, theater.
  • Blanche Smith, wife, 57, 21 at first marriage, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.
  • Margaret M. Smith, daughter, 19, single, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C., operator, telephone company.
  • Bernard R. Smith, son, 15, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.
  • Louis J. Ratcliffe, son-in-law, 25, married, 23 at first marriage, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Maryland, clerk, U.S. government.
  • Helen S. Ratcliffe, daughter, 24, married, 21 at first marriage, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C., clerk, U.S. government.
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Esther A. Tinker: 1940 census

10 January 2015

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Federal census, 1940, 502 A Street, SE, Washington, D.C.

  • Esther A. Tinker, rents ($45), head, 42, widow, completed high school, b. in Tenn., lived in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1935, typist, WPA project, no income.
  • Erma B. Albright, lodger, 25, single, completed 1 year of college, b. in Penn., lived in Easton, Penn. in 1935, clerk, House of Representatives, income $1,300.
  • Leroy A. Shay, lodger, 58, married, completed high school, b. in Calif., lived in Chicago in 1935, construction engineer, [illegible], income $2,950.
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Classified ad: house for rent (1930)

25 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 29 May 1930, p. 26. [Same in 7 June 1930, p. 27.]

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1930)

25 December 2013

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Washington Sunday Star, 23 November 1930, p. 76. [Same in 24 November 1930, p. 38.]

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Hugh McGarvey: Executive Committee of Curley Club meets at his home

25 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 25 January 1931, p. 52.

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Hugh McGarvey: plans for Curley Club lawn fete

25 December 2013

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“News of the Clubs.” Washington Evening Star, 29 May 1932, p. 36.

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Hugh McGarvey: meeting at his home

25 December 2013

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“News of the Clubs.” Washington Sunday Star, 15 January 1933, p. 26.

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McGarvey and Curley Club meeting

25 December 2013

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Washington Post, 31 March 1935, p. SS11.

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Charles Tinker: war casualty

24 December 2013

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“41 District Area Men on Navy Casualty List.” Washington Post, 2 June 1942, p. 12.

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Charles Tinker: prisoner of Japanese

24 December 2013

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Washington Post, 10 March 1943, p. 3.

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D.C. Mother Learns Son Missing Since May Is Prisoner

Word from the Navy Department yesterday that her son was a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines was received happily by Mrs. Esther Tinker of 502 A Street Southeast, who had received no news of him since last May, when he was reported missing.

Last direct word from Seaman First Class Charles Richard Tinker was a cablegram on Christmas of 1941, a month after he had gone on overseas duty. His mother told The Post yesterday that she was pleased to have assurances he is alive.

Tinker, 22, was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and came to the District in 1938. He attended the University of Arizona before enlisting in the Navy in 1941.

Tinker’s wife is in Tucson, Ariz.

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Charles Tinker: missing

21 December 2013

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“Navy Lists D.C. Captain as Dead, 9 Officers and 11 Enlisted Men Missing.” Washington Evening Star, 1 June 1942, p. 7.

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[Address should be 502 A St., SE.]

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Richard Bross: marriage license

19 December 2013

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“Applications for Marriage License.” Washington Post, 13 March 1941, p. 29.

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Hugh McGarvey: committee on amendments to constitution

18 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 31 March 1935, p. 48.

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McGarvey: Curley Club meeting

18 December 2013

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Wilson, Vylla Poe. “Notes of Club Activities.” Washington Post, 31 August 1930, p. R4. [Same article in Washington Evening Star, 31 August 1930, p. 20.]

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Catherine McGarvey: recovering from accident

9 December 2013

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“Two Brides of Curley Club Feted by Fellow Members.” Washington Post, 29 July 1931, p. A1.

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Hugh McGarvey: chairman, membership committee, Curley Club

4 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 29 September 1930, p. 59.

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Stopsach garage permit

26 January 2013

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“Permits Include $300,000 Chapel.” Washington Post, 4 September 1921, p. 30

“Among the week’s permits were: . . . H. Stopsach, to erect brick garage rear 502 A street southeast, to cost $900.”

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Edith Moore graduates

26 January 2013

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“Normal School No. 1 Programme and Exercises.” Washington Post, 12 June 1906, p. 5.

Edith S. Moore, 502 A street southeast, graduated from Normal School No. 1.

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