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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 510 A in Boyd’s Directory

15 May 2016

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[Originally posted 27 January 2014; revised 15 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 510 A Street, SE:

[1909] Henry A. Hesse (Civil Service); John C. Hesse (clerk, War Department); John Hess (police).

[1911] Henry A. Hesse (examiner).

[1912] Henry A. Hesse (Civil Service).

[1913] Henry A. Hesse (Civil Service).

[1914] Millard F. Alley (clerk, C. D. Alley, grocer); Henry A. Hesse.

[1916] Henry A. Hesse (chief, examination division, Civil Service); Marion Hesse (skilled laborer, Department of Agriculture).

[1917] Henry A. Hesse.

[1919] Henry A. Hesse (chief of division); Madelaine Hesse (teacher); G. Bruce Gilbert (U.S. Army, rooms).

[1922] Henry A. Hesse (chief of division, Civil Servant Commission); Madaline G. Hesse (teacher).

[1923] Henry A. Hesse.

[1925] Henry A. Hesse.

[1928] Henry A. Hesse.

[1932] Henry A. Hesse.

[1934] Henry A. Hesse.

[1936] Henry A. Hesse.

[1956] Frank Holocek.

[1967] Alex N. Doudoumopoulos.

[1973] Alex N. Doudoumopoulos.

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Henry Hesse: 1920 census

27 December 2015

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Federal census, 1920, 510 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Henry A. Hesse, head, owns, 52 married, b. in D.C., father b. in Germany, mother b. in N.Y., assistant chief assistant, Civil Service Commission.
  • Louise G. Hesse, wife, 51, b. in Penn., father b. in Penn., mother b. in Scotland.
  • Madeline Hesse, daughter, 23, single, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Penn., teacher, public school.
  • John Hesse, son, 15, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Penn.
  • G. Bruce Gilbert, son-in-law, 29, married, b. in Tex./Va., father b. in U.S.A., mother b. Scotland, U.S. Agriculture [Department?].
  • Marion E. Gilbert, daughter, 24, married, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Penn., clerk, Children’s Bureau.
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Henry Hesse: 1930 census

24 December 2015

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Federal census, 1930, 510 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Henry A. Hesse, head, owns ($9,500), 61, first marriage at 22, b. in D.C., father b. in Germany, mother b. in N.Y., division chief, U.S. Government.
  • Louise G. Hesse, wife, 60 , first marriage at 21, b. in Penn., father b. in Penn., mother b. in Scotland.
  • Marion C. Hesse, daughter, 34, single, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Penn., clerk, U.S. government.
  • Madaline G. Hesse, daughter, 32, single, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Penn., teacher, school.
  • Margaret L. Gordon, mother-in-law, 82, widow, first marriage at 19, b. in Scotland, parents b. in Scotland.
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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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John C. Hesse retires

7 September 2014

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Washington Post, 11 August 1920, p. 12.

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John C. Hesse: awarded Medal of Honor

7 September 2014

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Washington Post, 14 May 1905, p. F3.

[At various times Hesse lived at several addresses on A Street, SE: 503, 506, 508, and 510.]

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This document explains why and how the Medal of Honor was eventually withdrawn: Interments in the Historic Congressional Cemetery.

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Herbert G. Bender: 1940 census

21 February 2014

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Federal census, 1940, 510 A Street, SE, Washington, D.C.

Herbert G. Bender (rents, $75), head, 32, married, completed 12th grade, born in Kans., lived in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1935, clerk stenographer, U.S. House of Representatives, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $2,460.

Buena A. Bender, wife, 25, married, completed 1 year of college, born in Okla., live in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1935, typist, U.S. [illegible] accounting office, worked 46 weeks in 1939, income $1,210.

Duane E. Bender, son, 6, in school, born in Kans., lived in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1935.

John L. Mallory, lodger, 26, married, completed 12th grade, born in Kans., lived in Balboa, Canal Zone, Panama, in 1935, instructor, U.S. Marines, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $480.

Lottie M. Mallory, lodger, 22, married, born in Va., lived in Marshall, Va., in 1935, housekeeper, private home, worked 28 weeks in 1939, income $140.

James E. Mallory, lodger, 20, single, completed 8th grade, born in Va., lived in Green, Va., in 1935, auto mechanic, private garage, worked 52 hours in 1939, income $720.

Charlie L. Swain, lodger, 23, married, completed 12th grade, born in Ga., lived in Turner, Ga., in 1935, clerk, U.S. Marine Corps, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $450.

Mary Swain, lodger, 22, married, completed 12th grade, born in D.C., lived in same place in 1935, saleswoman, retail department store, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $820.

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Margaret Gordon: death

29 December 2013

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“Died.” Washington Post, 24 October 1933, p. 4.

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John Hesse: reckless driving

29 December 2013

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Washington Post, 20 March 1928, p. 13.

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John Gordon Hesse: commission

29 December 2013

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Washington Post, 12 July 1927, p. 17.

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John Hesse: transfer to Henry Hesse

29 December 2013

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“Real Estate Transfers.” Washington Post, 14 December 1907, p. 13.

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Barkman to build house for Hesse

18 December 2013

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“A Monthly Review of the Building Trades.” Washington Post, 24 November 1907, p. R3. [Hosse is typo for Hesse.]

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Henry Hesse: burglary

15 December 2013

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“Police News Notes.” Washington Post, 27 July 1914, p. 12.

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Ruby Duggin models Red Cross uniform

10 December 2013

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Washington Post, 31 December 1941, p. 5.

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