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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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George Dorsey: 1930 census

24 December 2015

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Federal census, 1930, 504 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • George E. Dorsey, head, owns ($14,000), 66, first marriage at 23, b. in Md., parents b. in U.S.A., paperhanger, own shop.
  • Anna V. Dorsey, wife, 63, first marriage at 20, b. in Md., parents b. in Md.
  • Markham C. Dorsey, son, 41, widower, first marriage at 25, b. in D.C., parents b. in Md., clerk, real estate.
  • Helen L. Dorsey, granddaughter, 13, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C.
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Residents of 504 A in Boyd’s Directory

19 April 2015

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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 of the District of Columbia at 504 A Street, SE:

[1884] Byron C. Coon (clerk, Post Office).

[1885] Mary A. St. John (widow of John St. John); Abner F. Dunnington (topographer, Geological Survey).

[1886] James A. Dunnington (police); Abner F. Dunnington (topographer).

[1887] Edward B. Cook (carpenter); Abner F. Dunnington (topographer).

[1888] Abner F. Dunnington (clerk, Geological Survey); Edward B. Cook (carpenter).

[1889] Edward B. Cook (carpenter).

[1890] Edward B. Cook (carpenter); Abner F. Dunnington (topographer).

[1891] Bertha T. Baldwin; Margaret Bowles (domestic).

[1894] Samuel D. Luckett (Copp & Luckett); Cora L. Hubbard (domestic).

[1895] Samuel D. Luckett (Copp & Luckett).

[1896] Samuel D. Luckett (Copp & Luckett).

[1897] Rolandus R. Rhode (stairbuilder).

[1899] Belle S. Luckett.

[1903] Rachel Sparr (widow of James Sparr).

[1906] Samuel D. Luckett (Copp & Luckett).

[1912] Richard F. George (private secretary, House of Representatives).

[1914] George H. Dorsey (paperhanger).

[1916] George H. Dorsey (paperhanger); Louis F. Dorsey (window dresser); Malcolm C. Dorsey (clerk, J. F. Donohoe & Sons).

[1917] John Foley (machinist); Arthur B. Foster (patents, 500 Victor Building); George H. Dorsey.

[1919] George H. Dorsey (paperhanger); Margaret Scott (clerk).

[1920] George H. Dorsey.

[1925] George H. Dorsey.

[1923] George H. Dorsey.

[1928] George H. Dorsey.

[1932] George H. Dorsey (paperhanger).

[1934] George H. Dorsey.

[1936] George H. Dorsey.

[1956] Vacant.

[1967] Samuel B. Bledsoe.

[1973] Jefferson B. Hill.

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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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Samuel M. Wilcox: 1900 census

11 April 2015

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Federal census, 1900, 503 A Street, SE, Washington, D.C.

  • Samuel M. Wilcox, head, b. Jan. 1824, 76, married for 50 years, b. in N.H., father b. in N.H., mother b. in Vt., clerk, government, rents.
  • Mary Wilcox, wife, b. May 1838, 62, married for 50 years, mother of 2 children (1 living), b. in N.H., parents b. in N.H.
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Julia Ruff: death

6 September 2014

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“Deaths.” Washington Evening Star, 25 September 1950, p. 11.

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[She had lived earlier at 505 A St., SE.]

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Classified ad: house for sale (1937)

4 January 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 27 November 1937, p. 26.

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Burglary at 504 A St., SE (Edward Cook residence)

27 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 21 July 1887, p. 4.

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Washington Evening Star, 21 July 1887, p. 4.

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Samuel Luckett: injuries

27 December 2013

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Washington Sunday Star, 16 May 1909, p. 3.

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Sale of property: Luckett to Dorsey

26 December 2013

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“Real Estate Transfers.” Washington Evening Star, 21 May 1913, p. 16.

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1916)

26 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 30 September 1916, p. 17. [Same in 1 October 1916, p. 73.]

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Lewis Dorsey: auto license

20 December 2013

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“Automobile Licenses.” Washington Sunday Star, 29 October 1916, p. 53.

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Classified ad: housekeeper needed (1929)

18 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 2 August 1929, p. 23. [Same in 6 August 1930, p. 26.]

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George Dorsey: auto accident

18 December 2013

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Washington Sunday Star, 23 May 1920, p. 2.

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Belle Luckett on fraudulent benefit

18 December 2013

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Washington Post, 14 November 1895, p. 9.

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Helen Dorsey: marriage license

17 December 2013

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“Applications for Marriage Licenses.” Washington Post, 19 July 1941, p. 21.

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Mr. and Mrs. Abner Dunnington: reception

16 December 2013

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“Sayings and Doings in Society.” Washington Evening Star, 11 February 1886, p. 3.

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Samuel Luckett: injuries

16 December 2013

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Washington Sunday Star, 16 May 1909, p. 3.

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Belle Luckett: WCTU visit to almshouse

16 December 2013

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Washington Post, 15 June 1896, p. 2.

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Samuel Luckett: 1900 census

16 December 2013

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Federal census, Washington, D.C. (9 June 1900). 504 A Street, SE.

  • Samuel F. Luckett, head, born November 1850, 49 years old, married 19 years, born in Ind., father born in Ky., mother born in Va., lawyer, owns home (mortgage).
  • Bell S. Luckett, wife, born February 1859, 41 years old, married 19 years, mother of 2 children (2 living), born in Ind., parents born in Ind.
  • George S. Luckett, son, born January 1886, 14 years old, born in Ind., parents born in Ind., at school.
  • James L. Luckett, son, born December 1891, 8 years old, born in D.C., parents b. in Ind.
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