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500 block, south 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.


503 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square— 0842
Lot — 0812
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0225
Permit Date: August 16, 1880
Original Owner — Ruff (Sarah J.) & Davis (Virginia M.)
Builder — Schaffert, J. L.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,600.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0058
Rooms — 0
Width — 18
Depth — 57
Stories — 2
Store? 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — brownstone courses
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — Latrobe(s)


505 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0813
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0225
Permit Date — August 16, 1880
Original Owner — Ruff (Sarah J.) & Davis (Virginia M.)
Builder — Schaffert, J. L.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,600.00
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0058
Rooms — 0
Width — 18
Depth — 57
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — brownstone courses
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin
Heat — Latrobe(s)


507 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0814
Year Built — 1885
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 1858
Permit Date — May 25, 1885
Original Owner — McLean, F.
Builder — Rhodes & Simms
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $2,000.00
Qty Built — 1
Microfilm Roll — 0086
Rooms — 0
Width — 19
Depth — 45
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


509 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0815
Year Built — 1887
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0351
Permit Date — August 1, 1887
Original Owner — Marche, Thos. B.
Builder — Cox, Oliver
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0108
Rooms — 0
Width — 15
Depth 30
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


511 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0816
Year Built — 1887
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0351
Permit Date — August 1, 1887
Original Owner — Marche, Thos. B.
Builder — Cox, Oliver
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,000.00
Qty Built — 2
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0108
Rooms — 0
Width — 15
Depth — 30
Stories — 2
Store? — 0
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — pressed brick
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material — tin


513 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0033
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — 1870s
Store? — 0


515 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0818
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — 1870s
Store? — 0


517 A STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0819
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps
Purpose — dwelling
Other Notes — 1870s
Store? — 0

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Residents of 515 A in Boyd’s Directory

1 May 2016

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[Originally posted 27 January 2014; revised 1 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 515 A Street, SE:

[1877] Frank A. Springer (teacher); William C. Bates (clerk).

[1878] James M. King (clerk).

[1879] James M. King (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1881] James M. King (clerk, Treasury Department); William A. King (clerk, Census Bureau).

[1882] James M. King (clerk, “red div”).

[1883] James M. King (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1884] James M. King (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1885] Byron C. Coon (clerk, Post Office Department).

[1886] Samuel H. Decker (messenger, Capitol).

[1887] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1889] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1890] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1891] Frank R. Gillis (clerk); Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1892] Samuel H. Decker (messenger); George B. Harrison.

[1893] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1894] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1895] Vina R. Gillis.

[1896] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1898] Nellie Callahan (stenographer); Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1899] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1900] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1902] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1903] Samuel H. Decker (messenger).

[1904] Vina D. Penn (widow of James R. Penn).

[1905] W. F. Scott (chief clerk, Folding Room, House of Representatives); Mary F. Decker (widow of Samuel H. Decker); Don C. Walters (messenger); Hugh Lewis (messenger); J. G. St. John (machinist); Porter W. Stockdale (machinist); W. George Josenhaus (machinist); Katie M. O’Connor; Joseph J. Printup (clerk).

[1906] Mary Decker (widow of Samuel Decker); William G. Josenhaus (machinist); Stephen M. Pritchard (clerk, Post Office Department); John G. St. John (Navy Yard); Porter W. Stockdale (machinist); Don C. Walters (messenger); W. F. Scott (chief clerk, Folding Room, House of Representatives).

[1907] William G. Josenhaus (Navy Yard); Stephen M. Pritchard (clerk, Post Office Department).

[1908] Stephen M. Pritchard (clerk, Post Office Department); Don C. Walters (messenger, Capitol).

[1909] Roland L. Davidson (Government Printing Office); Frank McDermott (Government Printing Office).

[1910] James A. Bayly (Library of Congress).

[1911] Charles Poulton (bartender); Thomas Poulton (bartender).

[1912] Charles W. Poulton (clerk); Cora E. Poulton (clerk).

[1913] Eva M. Casseen; Charles W. Poulton (bartender); Cora E. Poulton (clerk).

[1914] William S. Campbell (clerk, boards); Walter N. Gates (fireman).

[1916] Edgar E. Lyon [or Lyons?] (helper, Navy Yard); Edgar R. Lyon (binder, Government Printing Office); Charles A. Lyon (coppersmith (Navy Yard).

[1917] Samuel Gray.

[1918] George S. Herr (molder, Navy Yard); Louis Y. Herr (machinist, Navy Yard).

[1919] Eliza R. Schmidt (clerk, Department of Agriculture); Bernard D. Ladd (machinist); Bernard G. Ladd (machinist).

[1920] Bernard D. Ladd; Bernard G. Ladd (machinist); Eliza P. Jackson (clerk, War Department).

[1922] Bernard D. Ladd (machinist, Navy Yard); Bernard G. Ladd (machinist, Navy Yard); Sallie Gosnell (widow of Jesse T. Gosnell).

[1923] Bernard G. Ladd.

[1925] Bernard G. Ladd.

[1928] Bernard G. Ladd.

[1932] Bernard G. Ladd.

[1934] Bernard G. Ladd.

[1936] Vernon [sic] G. Ladd.

[1956] Bernard G. Ladd.

[1967] Mrs. Ann E. Fogarty.

[1973] Mrs. Ann S. Fogarty.

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Bernard Ladd on D.C. Draft Board

19 April 2014

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“D.C. Draft Boards Drawn from All Business and Professional Groups.” Washington Evening Star, 9 October 1940, p. 9.

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Photo of B. G. Ladd and A. B. Gilmore

19 April 2014

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[Sorry about the quality of the picture.]

Washington Evening Star, 30 March 1950, p. 4.

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Bernard Ladd and Neighborhood Council

3 January 2014

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Washington Post, 2 December 1939, p. 17.

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Ladd, Bixler on registration board

17 December 2013

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Washington Post, 9 October 1940, p. 1.

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Samuel Decker: death

16 December 2013

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Washington Evening Star, 20 October 1903, p. 4.

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Washington Post, 21 October 1903, p. 7.

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Samuel H. Decker: funeral

27 January 2013

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“Funeral of Samuel H. Decker.” Washington Post, 23 October 1903, p. 7.

“The funeral of Samuel H. Decker, the Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives, who died on Tuesday morning last at his late residence, 515 A street southeast, will take place this morning at 9 o’clock at his home. The body will then be taken to St. Peter’s Church, where requiem mass will be celebrated by Rev. Father Dowling. The interment will be made in Arlington.”

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Sarah Gosnell: death

27 January 2013

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“Died.” Washington Post, 3 June 1932, p. 3.

“GOSNELL—Suddenly, on Wednesday, June 1, 1932, at her daughter’s residence, Mrs. B. G. Ladd, 515 A street southeast, Mrs. SARAH GOSNELL, aged eighty-four years.”

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Bernard Ladd: 1930 census

27 January 2013

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Federal census, 1930, D.C., District 127, page 4 [Ancestry.com], 515 A Street, SE.

  • Bernard G. Ladd, head, owns house, value of home $7500, 56, b. in Va., parents b. in Va., machinist for U.S. government.
  • Edith G. Ladd, wife, 46, b. in Md., father b. in Md., mother b. W.Va., no occupation.
  • Miriam V. Ladd, daughter, 15, b. in D.C., father b. in Va., mother b. in Md.
  • Sally Gosnell, mother-in-law, 82, widow, b. in W.Va., parents b. in W.Va.
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Bernard Ladd: 1920 census

27 January 2013

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Federal census, 1920, D.C., District 117, p. 7 [Ancestry.com] — 515 A Street, S.E.

  • Ladd, Bernard G., head, owns house (with mortgage), 44, married, b. in Va., parents, b. in Va., machinist, U.S. Navy Yard.
  • Edith Ladd, wife, 37, married, b. in Md., father b. in Md., mother b. in W.Va.
  • Bernard Ladd 2nd, son, 17, single, b. in D.C., father b. in Va., mother b. in Md., apprentice machinist, U.S. Navy Yard.
  • Virginia Ladd, daughter, 5, b. in D.C., father b. in Va., mother b. in Md.
  • Sallie Gosnell, mother-in-law, 71, widow, b. in W.Va., parents b. in W.Va.
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