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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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H. J. Norton: appointed temporary clerk

1 May 2016

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[At the time of his death (1876) Norton was living at 517 A Street, S.E.]

Washington Evening Star, 19 April 1870, p. 1.

“H. J. Norton has been appointed temporary clerk in the Finance Division of the Post Office Department.”

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1922)

1 May 2016

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Washington Evening Star, 22 October 1922, p. 37.

517 A St. S.E.—2 rooms, non-housekeeping; apt.; semi-private bath; suitable for two; $30 [?].”

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Dr. H. J. Norton: death

1 May 2016

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“Died.” Daily National Republican (D.C.), 25 March 1876 , p. 3.

“NORTON.—On the 23d of March, 1876, Dr. H. J. Norton, aged sixty years.

“Services Sunday, at 4 o’clock p.m., at his late residence, No. 517 A street southeast. Friends and acquaintances are invited. Interment will be at Pittsfield, Mass.”


[Same newspaper and date.]

“Dr. Norton, of the General Post Office, and a well-known resident of East Washington, died quite suddenly at his residence, on A street, near Fifth street southeast, of an affection [sic] of the lungs.”

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Michael P. Fee: death

1 May 2016

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[During the 1930s Fee lived at both 514 and 517 A Street, SE.]

“Deaths.” Washington Post, 24 January 1963, p. B3.

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Residents of 517 A in Boyd’s Directory

1 May 2016

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[Originally posted 5 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 517 A Street, SE:

[1877] James Cross (clerk).

[1878] James Cross (clerk).

[1880] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1881] Thomas McK. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1883] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1884] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1885] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1886] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1887] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1886] Thomas M. McNeely (clerk, Treasury Department). [McNeely died soon thereafter, because in the 1892 directory Mary E. McNeely is listed as his widow and is living at 321 B St., SE.]

[1890] Joseph C. Tappan (clerk); William F. Tappan (printer); William S. Tappen (jeweler).

[1892] Clarence J. Tappan (jeweler); William F. Tappan (printer).

[1894] Julia M. Rawlings (teacher); Henry J. Bright (clerk).

[1895] August B. S. Rawlings; Julia M. Rawlings (teacher); Henry T. Bright (clerk); Henry J. Bright.

[1896] Augustus B. Rawlings; J. May Rawlings (teacher); Henry J. Bright.

[1897] Mary J. Rollins [sic] (teacher).

[1898] Henry J. Bright; Julia M. Rawlings (teacher).

[1899] Henry T. Bright (Colhoun & Bright).

[1900] Julia M. Rawlings (teacher); Staughton A. B. Rawlings.

[1901] Henry J. Bright (clerk); Julia M. Rawlings (principal).

[1902] Henry J. Bright (clerk, Navy yard); Henry T. Bright (patents).

[1903] Harry J. Bright (clerk, Navy Yard); Henry J. Bright; Henry T. Bright (patents); Julia May Rawlings (principal).

[1904] Henry T. Bright (patent attorney); H. J. Bright (clerk, Navy Yard).

[1905] Julia M. Rawbridge [sic] (principal); Henry T. Bright (patent attorney).

[1906] Henry J. Bright (clerk); Gladys Offut (milliner).

[1907] Henry J. Bright (time clerk, Navy Yard); Henry T. Bright (clerk, The Lambert); Emily Genella (widow of William Genella).

[1908] Joseph A. Flynn (clerk).

[1909] Joseph A. Flynn (ticket examiner); E. W. Vaden (Navy Yard); Clarence C. Vaden (machinist).

[1910] Clarken W. Baden (Navy Yard);

[1911] George H. Woodruff; Mary J. Hickey (clerk).

[1912] Louis T. Gronberg (Navy Yard); Joseph F. Henderson (Navy Yard).

[1914] Grover F. Tolson (glazier); Elbert W. Pyles (salesman, boards).

[1915] Grover F. Tolson (glazier).

[1916] Mary E. Danks (clerk, Treasury Department); Cornelia I. Mathins [?] (principal, Maury School); Grover F. Tolson (glazier).

[1917] James P. Porter.

[1920] Julian Grubbs.

[1922] Thomas L. Bohannon (meats, Eastern Market); Myron L. Bohannon (electrician).

[1923] Thomas L. Bohannon (meats, Eastern Market); Myron L. Bohannon (electrician); Julian Grubbs (machinist).

[1925] Samuel S. Taylor; Samuel S. Reidy.

[1928] Vacant.

[1932] Michael P. Fee.

[1934] Mrs. Ida M. Phillips.

[1936] George E. Warren.

[1956] Edward J. O’Donnell.

[1967] J. Stephen Lord.

[1973] W. Milne Holton.

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Mrs. J. Stephen Lord: chair of Capitol Hill House Tour

19 April 2015

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Sunday Star, 11 April 1965, p. D-5.

ImageImage[The Lords lived at 517 A St., SE.]

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Thomas McNeely: 1880 census

15 April 2015

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Federal census, 1880, Washington, D.C.; 517 A St., S.E.

  • Thomas M. McNeely, 48, married, clerk, Treasury, b. in Ohio, parents b. in Ohio.
  • Mary McNeely, 36, wife, keeping house, b. in Ky., father b. in Va., mother b. in Ky.
  • Carrie McNeely, 12, daughter, at school, b. in W.Va., father b. in Ohio, mother b. in Ky.
  • Genevieve McNeely, 10, daughter, at school, b. in W.Va., father b. in Ohio, mother b. in Ky.
  • William McNeely, 6, son, b. in W.Va., father b. in Ohio, mother b. in Ky.
  • Servy McNeely, 4, son, b. in W.Va., father b. in Ohio, mother b. in Ky.
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W. S. Tappan: unsuccessful burglary of his house

18 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 16 December 1889, p. 5.

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Thomas M. McNeely: in Treasury Department

19 February 2014

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[He lived at 517 A Street, SE.]

Official Register of the United States, Containing a List of the Officers and Employés in the Civil, Military, and Naval Service (1879), p. 69.

Treasurer’s Office, clerks: Thomas M. McNeely, born in Ohio, appointed from Louisiana, employed in D.C., salary $1,600.


[The same entry appears in the 1887 edition of the Official Register, except that his salary has risen to $1,800.]

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Thomas M. McNeely: patent

19 February 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 5 February 1879, p. 4. [McNeely lived at 517 A Street, SE.]

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Solomon J. Lewis: 1940 census

29 January 2014

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Federal census, 1940, 517 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Solomon J. Lewis (renter, $26), head, 22, married, completed 8th grade, born in Fla., lived in same place in 1935, counter-man at restaurant, worked 26 weeks in 1939, income $364.
  • Louise V. Lewis, wife, 17, married, completed 3 years of high school, born in Va., lived in same place in 1935, not employed.
  • Charles B. Bell (renter, $30), head, 26, married, completed 7th grade, born in Tenn., lived in same place in 1935, butcher, retail grocery, worked 16 weeks in 1939, income $288.
  • Elizabeth F. Bell, wife, 34, married, completed 1 year of high school, born in Sweden, not at citizen, lived in same place in 1935, laboratory worker, wholesale [illegible word], worked 28 weeks in 1939, income $460.
  • Andrew C. Bell, son, 2, born in D.C.
  • William T. Moore (renter, $32), head, 30, married, completed high school, born in Va., lived in same place in 1935, apprentice rodman, building construction, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income $1,900.
  • Ethel M. Moore, wife, 30, married, completed 8th grade, born in Penn., lived in same place in 1935, not employed.
  • Jack L. Hughes, stepson, 10, completed 2nd grade, born in D.C., lived in same place in 1935.
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Julia May Rawlings: obituary

28 January 2014

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“Miss Julia Rawlings Funeral Rites Today.” Washington Evening Star, 25 March 1950, p. 33.

[She had lived at 517 A Street.]

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Henry J. Bright: obituary (Washington Times)

23 January 2014

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Washington Times, 4 June 1906, p. 12.

[Bright had lived at 517 A Street, S.E.]

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Henry J. Bright: death

2 January 2014

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“Guiteau Juror Is Dead.” Washington Post, 5 June 1906, p. 5.

“Henry Jackson Bright, one of the few survivors of the famous Guiteau jury, died yesterday at his home in the Lambert Flats, on A street northeast. Mr. Bright had suffered nearly three years from heart trouble supplemented by bright’s disease and dropsy.

“He will be buried to-morrow from his late home. The funeral will be under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which he was a member. Burial will be in Congressional Cemetery.

“Mr. Bright was seventy-eight years old. He was born near Alexandria, Va., but in his early youth moved to this city. At the age of twenty-one he engaged in the shoe business on what was then known as Capitol Hill, and he continued there till about twenty years ago, when he retired from business.

“He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Carroll Bright, one son, Henry Bright, and one daughter, Mrs. Julia M. Rawlings, all of this city.”

[He lived earlier at 517 A Street, SE.]


“Died.” Washington Post, 4 June 1906, p. 3.

“BRIGHT—On Monday, June 4, 1906, at 1 a.m., Henry Jackson Bright, in the seventy-eighth year of his age.

“Notice of funeral hereafter.”

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Mrs. T. M. McNeely: Capitol Hill Christmas Club

1 January 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 9 December 1884, p. 4.

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“The Christmas Clubs.” Washington Evening Star, 23 December 1884, p. 2.

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Julia Rawlings: piano for sale

1 January 2014

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Baltimore Sun, 11 September 1905, p. 3. [Same in 9 September 1905, p. 3.]

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Henry Bright: 1900 census

1 January 2014

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Federal census, 1900, Washington, D.C. (Dist. 126, p. 34). 517 A Street, SE.

  • Henry Bright, head, white, male, b. Feb. 1829, 71, married for 41 years, b. in D.C., parents b. in Va.
  • Mary E. Bright, wife, white, female, b. Dec. 1835, 64, married for 41 years, mother of 3 children (1 living), b. in D.C., father b. in Va., mother b. in Md.
  • Julia A. Rawlings, niece, white, female, b. Feb. 1864, 30, single, b. in D.C., father b. in Md., mother b. in D.C., public school teacher.
  • A. B. Stoughton [Rawlings], nephew, white, male, b. Aug. 1869, 30, single, b. in D.C., father b. in Md., mother b. in D.C., [no occupation].
  • Henry T. Bright, son, white, male, b. Sept. 1875, 24, single, b. in D.C., parents b. in D.C., patent attorney.
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Henry J. Bright: will

1 January 2014

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Washington Post, 13 June 1906, p. 11

“Mary E. Bright is to receive the entire estate of her husband, Henry J. Bright, by the terms of his will, dated October 3, 1897, and offered yesterday for probate. Mrs. Bright is also to act as executrix.”

[Bright lived at 517 A Street, SE.]

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1910)

1 January 2014

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Washington Post, 3 August 1910, p. 13. [Same ad in 30 August 1910.]

“ROOMS FOR RENT . . . WITH OR WITHOUT BOARD. . . . 517 A ST. SE.–ROOMS FOR L. H. K.; ALSO communicating front rooms; suitable for two young men; refs.”

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Classified ad: rooms for rent (1910)

1 January 2014

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Washington Post, 30 November 1910, p. 12.

“ROOMS FOR RENT . . . FURNISHED. . . . 517 A ST. SE.—Furnished rooms; 1st floor; suitable for l. h. k.; near Capitol and Library; reasonable.”

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J. M. Ball: position wanted

1 January 2014

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Washington Post, 6 January 1911, p. 12.

“SITUATIONS WANTED—MALE. . . . POSITION in hat or clothing story–By experienced man, best refs. J. M. Ball, 14 4th st. ne.”
[Ball later lived at 517 A St., SE.]

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Ball: ad for pocketbook

30 December 2013

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Washington Post, 17 June 1911, p. 11

“POCKETBOOK—Containing one $10 bill and three $1 bills and W. O. W. policy; initials J. M. B. cut in pocketbook; between Pa. ave. se. and E. Cap St. on 5th st., or in Casion Theater. Return to J. M. Ball, 517 A st., se.”

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Ball: country board wanted

30 December 2013

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Washington Post, 16 July 1911, p. 4. [Same ad in 17 July 1911, p. 9]

“COUNTRY BOARD WANTED | BY man and wife, country board; near car line; without other boarders; state price and location; short distance out of city. J. M. Ball, 517 A st. se.”

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Mrs. J. M. Ball: ad for nurse

30 December 2013

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Washington Post, 4 November 1911, p. 14

“HELP WANTED FEMALE . . . NURSE—Girl, between 12 and 15 years of age. Mrs. J. M. Ball, 517 A st. se.”

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