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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 518 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 518 A Street, SE:

[1881] Mary Evans (cook); Fanny Berry (widow of Thomas Berry).

[1881] Fanny Berry (widow of Thomas Berry); Mary Devlin (widow of John Devlin); Mary Evans (cook).

[1885] James M. King (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1887] James M. King (clerk, Treasury Department).

[1888] Rev. Owen M. Miller (pastor, East Capitol Street Baptist Church); Nettie L. King (widow of James M. King); Lavina K. Collins (widow of William W. Collins).

[1889] George F. Cunningham (machinist): James T. Cunningham (machinist); John T. Freeman (teacher).

[1890] Ann D. Davis (widow of Addison Davis); Addison L. Otterback (baggagemaster); Louise B. Otterback; William H. Otterback (clerk, Post Office Department).

[1891] Addison L. Otterback (conductor); Guy P. Otterback (clerk); Robert O. Otterback (lithographer); William H. Otterback (clerk, Post Office Department).

[1892] Edwin Frey (clerk); Theophilus Gaines (chief of division, 3rd auditor).

[1893] Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas B. Berry).

[1894] Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas B. Berry).

[1895] Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas B. Berry).

[1896] Mary A. Bryant (widow of Samuel H. Bryant); Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas B. Berry).

[1898] Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas Berry).

[1899] Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas Berry).

[1903] Fannie L. Berry (widow of Thomas B. Berry); Mary A. Bryant (widow of Samuel Bryant).

[1906] Grace A. Arth (clerk, Treasury Department); Hattie Arth (clerk); Joseph A. Arth (musician); Joseph F. Arth (druggist).

[1906] Grace A. Arth (clerk, Treasury Department); Hattie Arth (clerk); Joseph A. Arth (musician); Joseph F. Arth (druggist).

[1908] Grace A. Arth (clerk, Treasury Department); Joseph A. Arth (musician).

[1909] Claude R. Arth (clerk); Grace K. Arth (clerk); Joseph A. Arth (musician).

[1910] Archibald L. Arth (clerk); Claude R. Arth (stenographer); Grace A. Arth (clerk, Treasury Department); Henrietta Arth; Joseph A. Arth (musician); Joseph F. Arth (druggist).

[1911] Claude R. Arth (stenographer); Grace A. Arth (clerk, Treasury Department); Joseph A. Arth (musician).

[1913] Frank A. Schaefer (stenographer).

[1914] Frank A. Schaefer (clerk, boards); Harry M. Schaefer (page, boards); Michael D. Schaefer (chief clerk, construction and repair, Navy).

[1915] Frank A. Schaefer (salesman, Carnegie Steel Co.); Harry M. Schaeffer (clerk, House of Representatives).

[1916] Madeline Schaefer (bookkeeper, Underwood Typewriter Company); Michael D. Schaefer (chief clerk, construction and repair, Navy Department).

[1917] Anthony M. Schaefer (clerk, Merchants Bank); Michael D. Schaefer.

[1920] Anthony M. Schaefer (clerk); Edward Schaefer (page); Michael D. Schaefer.

[1922] Anthony M. Schaefer (clerk); Madeline Schaefer (stenographer).

[1923] Madeline V. Schaefer (clerk, Navy); Michael D. Schaefer.

[1925] Vacant.

[1928] Benjamin F. Burgess.

[1932] Benjamin F. Burgess.

[1934] Vacant.

[1936] Charles E. Swaim.

[1956] Mrs. Elizabeth B. Waple.

[1967] Mrs. Elizabeth B. Waple.

[1973] Robert I. Schramm.

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B. F. Burgess: 1930 census

25 December 2015

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Federal census, 1930, 518 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • B. F. Burgess, head, rents ($60), 47, first marriage at 39, b. in Va., parents b. in Va., carpenter, own business.
  • Maude Burgess, wife, 38, first marriage at 21, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
  • Louisa Burgess, daughter, 16, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
  • Elizabeth Burgess, daughter, 15, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
  • Oliver Burgess, son, 8, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
  • Irving Griggs, roomer, 26, married, first marriage at 21, b. in Va., parents b. in Va., clerk, oil.
  • Betty Griggs, roomer, 29, married, first marriage at 23, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
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A. L. Otterback: death

17 May 2015

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[Otterback lived at 518 A St., SE during the 1890s.]

Washington Evening Star, 6 July 1928, p. 9.

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VETERAN CONDUCTOR DIES
A. L. Otterback, 63, Served Pennsylvania More Than 40 Years.

Anderson L. Otterback, 63, 513 Seward square southeast, for more than 40 years a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad, died at Georgetown University Hospital last night after a long illness.

Mr. Otterback is survived by his widow, Martha R. Otterback; four brothers, William H. Otterback, Morgan Otterback, Robert O. Otterback and Guy Otterback, and two sisters, Agnes C. Otterback and Mrs. Emma Davis. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock. Interment will be in Congressional Cemetery.

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Joseph F. Arth pays fine

17 May 2015

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[Arth lived at 518 A St., SE.]

Washington Evening Star, 21 April 1911, p. 16.

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Rev. Owen M. Miller

17 May 2015

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[Miller lived at 518 A St., SE.]

“A New Baptist Church.” Washington Evening Star, 5 May 1891, p. 9.

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[. . .] The church was organized in December, 1884, with thirty-three members, and was known until recently as the East Capitol Street Baptist Church. Rev. W. M. Ingersoll, now of Cleveland, Ohio, former pastor of the Second Metropolitan Baptist Churches, served the church as supply for several months and was succeeded in August, 1885, by Rev. Owen M. Miller of Russellville, W. Va., who served the church with great acceptance until October, 1838, when he was compelled by failing health to resign the charge of the church, going to Colorado Springs, Col., in quest of health, where he died in January last, never having preached after leaving Washington.

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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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Ida Chase: funeral

2 July 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 15 December 1911, p. 11.

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Fanny Berry: death

25 April 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 25 August 1904, p. 5.

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Madison Jett: bitten by dog

3 January 2014

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Washington Post, 21 February 1912, p. 14.

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Larry Shiller: marriage license

1 January 2014

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“Applications for Marriage Licenses.” Washington Post, 31 October 1941, p. 35.

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Margaret Schaefer: death

1 January 2014

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“Died.” Washington Post, 28 February 1924, p. 5. [Also on 1 March 1924, p. 5.]

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Rosser Kane: divorce

1 January 2014

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Washington Post, 12 March 1929, p. 20.

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Michael Schaefer: auto license

18 December 2013

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“Auto Licenses Issued in the District Yesterday.” Washington Post, 23 June 1917, p. 11.

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Margaret Schaefer: funeral

16 December 2013

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Washington Post, 29 February 1924, p. 11.

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