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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 516 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.]

[1881] Alexander T. Stuart (principal, Wallach School); Sallie M. Dodson (servant).

[1882] Jennie Thompson (servant); William Burris (patents).

[1883] Georgie Carter (servant); Mahaney Gross (servant).

[1884] Alexander T. Stuart (teacher).

[1885] Alexander P. Steward (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1886] Arthur P. Steward (clerk, Treasury Department); Edna Grubb (dressmaker); Richard W. Smith (clerk, Post Office Department).

[1887] Arthur P. Steward (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1888] Arthur P. Steward (clerk, Treasury Department); Watson Smith (clerk); Thomas G. Steward (clerk, Patent Office).

[1889] Arthur P. Steward (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1891] Annie E. Ober (clerk, Pension Office); Florence M. Miller (clerk).

[1892] Mary E. Pettis (clerk, Pension Office); Arthur B. Smith (proof-reader).

[1893] Samuel P. Paul; Arthur B. Smith (proof-reader).

[1894] Francis Kittel; Samuel P. Paul; Edward C. Stevens (clerk, Pension Office).

[1895] Grace L. Anderson; Eugenia H. Levering (widow of Righter Levering); Augusta E. Stewart (widow of George L. Stewart); John H. Anderson (clerk); Samuel P. Paul.

[1896] John H. Anderson (clerk); Eugenia H. Levering (widow of Righter Levering); Augusta Stewart (widow of George L. Stewart); Esther L. Sweet (widow of Foster F. Sweet); Sarah E. Sweet (clerk, Pension Office).

[1897] Eloise Sweet (student); Esther Sweet (widow); Eva Sweet (clerk); Sarah Sweet (clerk, Pension Office); James H. Anderson (clerk); Eugenia H. Levering (widow of Righter Levering).

[1898] George M. Slye (collector); Emma Robertson (clerk, Pension Office); William C. Watson (publisher); Albert T. Robertson (clerk).

[1900] Hattie M. Bruff (nurse); Charles Fernald (civil engineer); Charles W. Sears (Fire Department).

[1902] Emmett R. Bruff (naval student); Harriet M. Bruff (nurse).

[1903] Charles Franold (foreman); Prentiss A. Shreve (laborer).

[1904] Margaret B. Fields (professional nurse).

[1905] Harry A. Calohan (insurance); Steingrimur Steffansson (Library of Congress); Thornton T. Thomas (clerk, General Land Office).

[1906] Steingrimur Stefansson (Library of Congress).

[1907] John H. Ward (Fire Department).

[1908] Joseph H. Ward (Fire Department).

[1911] Harry A. Calohan (insurance agent); Richard L. Gholson (Fire Department).

[1912] Jesse H. Tomkins (manager); Richard L. Gholson (Fire Department).

[1913] Millard F. Alley (clerk); Roscoe Alley (clerk).

[1914] Millard F. Alley; William Van Buskirk.

[1916] Leroy C. Risler (“cndr” [?]).

[1917] Frank C. Curtis (clerk); Millard F. Alley.

[1919] Milliard F. Alley (grocer); Joseph English.

[1920] Joseph E. O’Toole (secretary).

[1921] Joseph B. Pannill (agent, Prudential Insurance Co.).

[1922] Joseph B. Pannill (agent); Harry L. Sackett (auditor, Treasury Department); Mrs. Nettie Bell (clerk, Kann’s); N. B. Bell (clerk).

[1923] Joseph B. Pannill.

[1925] Vacant.

[1928] Vacant.

[1932] John J. O’Connell.

[1934] John J. O’Connell; Mary E. Ennis (nurse).

[1936] John O’Connell.

[1956] Mrs. Elizabeth O’Connell.

[1967] John G. Norris; Catherine M. Sullivan.

[1973] John G. Norris; Stephanie L. Lee; Catherine Martinez.

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Frances: O’Connell: to enter oratorical contest

21 September 2015

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Washington Evening Star, 27 March 1931, p. 4.

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John O’Connell: death

21 September 2015

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Washington Evening Star, 4 March 1951, p. 32.

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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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Annie Ober: marriage

18 April 2014

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“Social Matters.” Washington Evening Star, 6 February 1891, p. 3.

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A. P. Stewart: victim of scam

18 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 2 July 1889, p. 3.

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Ad: house for rent (1883)

13 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 26 May 1883, p. 4.

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John O’Connell: 1930 census

2 February 2014

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Federal census, 1930, 516 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

John O’Connell (owns, value of home $2,000), head, has radio, 55, married, 30 at first marriage, born in Mich., father born in Ireland Free State, mother born in Ireland, police, U.S. government, veteran.

Elizabeth O’Connell, 55, married, 30, 30 at first marriage, born in Michigan, parents born in Irish Free State, not employed.

Mary A. O’Connell, daughter, 20, single, attending school or college, born in D.C., parents born in Mich., clerk, U.S. government.

John J. O’Connell, son, 19, single, attending school or college, born in D.C., parents born in Mich., clerk, U.S. government.

Frances M. O’Connell, daughter, 17, single, attending school, born in D.C., parents born in Mich., not employed.

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Arthur I. Goardsmoe: 1920 census

2 February 2014

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Federal census, 1920, 516 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Arthur I. Goardsmoe, head, rents, 27, married, born in Minn., parents born in Norway, parents speak Norwegian, clerk, Civil Service.

Elizabeth J. Goardsmoe, wife, 25, married, born in Penn., parents born in Penn., not employed.

Elizabeth J. Goardsmoe, daughter, 14 months, born in D.C., father b. in Minn., mother b. in Penn.

Eric Goardsmoe, son, 2 months, born in D.C., father b. in Minn., mother b. in Penn.

Edgar Goardsmoe, brother, 20, single, born in Minn., parents born in Norway, accountant, Treasury Department.

Caroline Lester, mother-in-law, 55, widow, born in Penn., father born in Penn., mother born in Ohio.

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Frances O’Connell Freund: wedding photo

29 January 2014

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Mom w Nora Tappan, Mary Mc Ginnis, Mary Hepburn

[From left] Nora Tappan, Mary McGinnis, Frances O’Connell Freund, and Mary O’Connell (later Hepburn). The photograph was taken in the parlor of 516 A Street, S.E., on 31 October 1938, the day of Frances O’Connell’s marriage to William Freund.

[Thanks to Eric Freund for supplying this picture.]

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John O’Connell: 1940 census

28 January 2014

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Federal census, 1940, 516 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • John O’Connell, head, 65, value of home $8,000, married, completed 7th grade, born in Mich., at same house in 1935, not employed, worked 36 weeks in 1939, income $2,000.
  • Elizabeth J. O’Connell, wife, 66, married, completed high school, born in Mich., at same house in 1935, not employed.
  • Mary A. O’Connell, daughter, 30, single, completed 5 years of college, born in D.C., at same house in 1935, record clerk, Library of Congress, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $1,680.
  • William R. Freund, son-in-law, 30, married, completed high school, born in D.C., lived at same place in 1935, accountant, District Building, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $1,620.
  • Frances M. Freund, daughter, 27, married, completed 2 years of college, born in D.C., lived in same place in 1935, clerk, U.S. government, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $$1,440.

 

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Baby Ruth still a mystery

2 January 2014

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Washington Post, 21 August 1923, p. 2.

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Washington Post, 25 August 1923, p. 3.

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John O’Connell: marriage license

23 December 2013

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“Vital Statistics.” Washington Post, 7 July 1937, p. 24.

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Frederick Torney: death

15 December 2013

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Washington Post, 13 May 1931, p. 22.

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Infant left on steps

10 December 2013

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Washington Post, 20 August 1923, p. 1.

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