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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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Death of Lucy Simms

30 July 2016

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“Deaths.” Evening Star, 9 April 1967, p. 43.

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[The Simms family had lived earlier at 413 A Street, S.E.]

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Residents of 413 A in Boyd’s Directory

29 July 2016

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[Originally posted 30 January 2014; revised 29 July 2016. The most recently added information is highlighted in green.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 413 A Street, SE:

[1871] James C. Lucas (cook); John A. Lucas (laborer); William F. Lucas (laborer).

[1872] Annie E. Lucas (washer); Wallace Ashton.

[1873] John Lucas (cook).

[1875] John Lucas (laborer).

[1876] Ann E. Lucas (washer); Annie E. Griffiths (widow of John Griffiths); William F. Bryant (carpenter); John A. Lucas (laborer); William Lucas (laborer).

[1877] Ann E. Lucas (widow of Henry Lucas, boards); William Lucas (cook).

[1879] Bridget Doons (widow of James Doons).

[1880] Bridget Dorsen [sic?] (widow of James Dorset).

[1881] Philip J. Winfield (driver); John Bennett (laborer); Philip Fields (driver).

[1886] Frank Newton (laborer).

[1887] Francis Newman (laborer).

[1888] William Ellis (shoemaker).

[1891] Frederick R. Wallace (teller).

[1892] Mary Payne (domestic); Frederick R. Wallace (teller).

[1893] Mary P. V. Payne (domestic).

[1894] Mary P. V. Payne (domestic); Frederick R. Wallace (teller).

[1895] Mary P. V. Payne (domestic).

[1896] Frederick R. Wallace (teller); Mary P. V. Payne (domestic).

[1897] Mary P. V. Payne (cook); James S. Roy (clerk, Pension Office).

[1898] Louisa Stewart (domestic).

[1899] Mittie Brent (domestic).

[1900] Mary M. Abel (dressmaker); John Allen (machinist); Julia Buckley (bookkeeper); Charles Conner (conductor); Rouss O. Crump (House of Representatives—Michigan).

[1902] J. Lawrence Turner (motorman).

[1903] Sarah Elkins (dressmaker); Edward Turner (insurance); Lawrence J. Turner (motorman); Margaret A. Turner.

[1904] Edward Turner (clerk); Helen M. Turner (clerk). Henry A. Turner; James L. Turner (motorman); Margaret A. Turner (boarding); Frank La Porte (machinist).

[1905] John Allen (machinist); John W. Monroe (Monroe & Co.).

[1906] Irving C. Barber (Navy Yard); James F. Dougherty (Navy Yard); Caleb W. Fisher (Navy Yard); John W. Monroe (engineer); Laura V. Monroe; Ernest R. Sasscer (Department of Agriculture).

[1907] Oliver Jenkins (Navy Yard); Irving C. Barber (Navy Yard); Caleb W. Fisher (Navy Yard); Laura V. Monroe; Joseph Porter (machinist).

[1908] William R. Bolten (Government Printing Office); James F. Dougherty (Navy Yard); Caleb W. Fisher (Navy Yard); Oliver Jenkins (Navy Yard); Bessie Kerby (bookkeeper); Laura V. Monroe.

[1910] John H. Bradley (undertaker).

[1911] Alfred H. Anadale (plumber); William H. Stratton (bricklayer).

[1912] Alfred H. Anadale (plumber); William H. Stratton (bricklayer).

[1913] Alfred H. Anadale (plumber); Gladys Anadale; John A. Anadale (clerk); William H. Stratton (bricklayer).

[1914] William H. Stratton (bricklayer, boards); Alfred H. Anadale (plumber); John A. Anadale (clerk, J. H. Anadale).

[1915] William H. Stratton (bricklayer).

[1916] Alfred H. Anadale (plumber); John A. Anadale (clerk).

[1917] Vacant.

[1919] Edward Keiler (watchman); Irving Keiler (inspector); Isabelle A. Lacy (phone operator, War Department).

[1920] Edward Keiler (watchman); J. R. Ward (mechanic).

[1921] Ruth M. Lacey (clerk, War risk).

[1922] Isabell R. Lacy (widow of Richard A. Lacy).

[1923] Aloysius O. Simms (machinist).

[1925] Aloysius O. Simms.

[1928] Aloysius O. Simms.

[1932] Sherman P. Brooking.

[1934] Fitzhugh Sandidge.

[1936] Mrs. Virginia B. Embrie.

[1956] Vacant.

[1967] Mrs. Dorothy B. Daly.

[1973] Mrs. Dorothy B. Daly.

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Residents of 400 A in Boyd’s Directory

17 May 2016

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[Originally posted 28 January 2014; revised 16 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 400 A Street, SE:

[1872] Charles E. Brown (laborer); Lucinda Brown (widow of William Brown).

[1873] Charles Brown (laborer).

[1876] Charles E. Brown (laborer).

[1877] Anna A. Brown (teacher); Charles Brown (laborer).

[1879] Charles Brown (laborer); Charles E. Brown (machinist) [same person?].

[1881] William Finker (laborer).

[1882] Mary Simms (cook); Sadie Johnson (cook).

[1883] Barney Johnson (laborer); Albert Whiting (laborer).

[1884] Amanda Brown (widow of Daniel Brown); Barney Johnson (laborer); Albert Whiting (watchman).

[1885] Madison Medbery (bricklayer).

[1886] Madison Mabry [sic] (bricklayer); Bernard Johnson (whitewasher).

[1888] Nora Lane (servant).

[1889] Nora Lane (servant).

[1891] Sarah J. Washington (domestic); Harry P. Godwin (editor).

[1892] Harry P. Godwin (journalist).

[1893] Harry P. Godwin (city editor, Evening Star).

[1894] Sarah Washington (domestic); Sarah V. Bingham (domestic); Harry P. Godwin (journalist).

[1895] Harry P. Godwin (city editor, Evening Star Newspaper Co.).

[1896] Harry P. Godwin (city editor, Evening Star); Ruinette D. Bacon (widow of Ralph Bacon).

[1898] Alice E. Warner (clerk); Ambrose R. Warner (student); Adele V. Smith (clerk); John Warner (principal clerk, Division of Domestic Correspondence, Post Office Department); Eunice K. Warner (teacher).

[1899] Homer Dougall (machinist); William D. Fisher (salesman).

[1900] Simon D. Newcomb (clerk, House of Representatives); William T. Newcomb (civil engineer); Charles W. Rastall (clerk, Navy).

[1903] William R. Bolten (Government Printing Office); Herman C. Miller (Library of Congress); Mary C. Newcomb (widow of Simon D. Newcomb); S. Ross Newcomb (clerk); William R. Bolten (Government Printing Office).

[1904] Stephen Stolts [sic] (clerk).

[1905] Frank C. Alexander (bookkeeper); Horace E. Alexander (printer); William H. Burger (Coast and Geodetic Survey); William R. Bolten (printer); Frank C. De Costa (clerk); Stephen Stultz (clerk); William Volton (clerk).

[1906] William R. Bolten (Government Printing Office); F. V. De Coster (clerk, Capitol).

[1907] Edward A. Brand (machinist, Navy Yard); William R. Bolten (Library of Congress).

[1908] J. D. Adams (Navy Yard); Thomas D. Adams (Navy Department); S. Hamp Beck (draftsman, Navy); John E. Catlett (conductor); Walter E. Frayser (paperhanger); Nathan H. Healy (druggist clerk); Edward Young (ex-consul).

[1909] Thomas D. Adams (Navy Yard); Nathan S. Healy (clerk); Edward Young (ex-consul).

[1910] William B. Stancell (clerk).

[1911] Thomas D. Adams (Navy Yard); J. Walter McMahan (private secretary); Edward A. Thomas (elevator operator, Capitol).

[1912] Mary Adams (widow of Thomas Adams); Dorothy Babcock (Bureau of Printing); William M. Clark (clerk, Capitol).

[1913] C. Gurley Kane (Pension Office); Dorothy W. Babcock (Bureau of Printing); Mary C. Adams (widow of Thomas D. Adams); William M. Clark (clerk, Capitol); C. Gurley Kane (Pension Office); James M. Payne (Payne Brothers); James H. Shouse (messenger, Capitol).
[1914] Mrs. Mary C. Adams (widow of Thomas D. Adams); Dorothy N. Babcock (operator, Bureau of Printing, boards); Lillian W. Carter (folder, Government Printing Office, boards); James H. Shouse (doorkeeper, Capitol, boards); Mary Wilson (boards).

[1915] Lillian W. Carter (helper, Government Printing Office).

[1916] Otto Ratz (assistant examiner, Patent Office); Joseph M. Pilcher (phone operator, Capitol).

[1917] Arthur G. Bedell.

[1919] Arthur G. Bedell; Frank A. Lanning (clerk, Post Office).

[1920] Arthur G. Bedell.

[1922] Arthur G. Bedell.

[1923] Arthur G. Bedell.

[1925] Arthur G. Bedell.

[1928] John Morrow.

[1932] Elton P. West.

[1934] Mrs. Sally West.

[1936] Wilburn Cartright.

[1956] John White.

[1967] American Historical Association.

[1973] American Historical Association.

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Residents of A Street in 1923

14 April 2015

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Street and Avenue Guide, Boyd’s Directory (1923).

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[Surnames: Clements, Mattingly, Smith, Morgan, Trumbo, Higgins, Beadle, Steele, Lambert, Lyons, Allen, Bragdon, Wright, Jones, Schroeder, Brand, Kane, Jackson, Bohrer, McCarthy, Tappan, Draper, Taylor, Herold, Donnelly, Weedon, Bedell, Orndoff, Hilliard, Andrews, Forbes, Royall, Graves, Tripp, Ratcliffe, Kerby, Simms, Schuman, Brown, Hodges, Taylor, Bixler, Miller, Gaddis, Dorsey, Gordon, Hesse, McLean, Marche, Richards, Risler, Watts, Hartley, Vought, Ladd, Taylor, Reidy.]

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Residents of A Street in 1928

14 April 2015

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Street and Avenue Guide, Boyd’s Directory (1928).

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[Surnames: Clements, Ray, Miller, Beadle, Lambert, Hollinger, Allen, Bragdon, Jones, Shelton, Brand, Stewart, Williams, Bohrer, McCarthy, Tappan, Draper, Taylor, Gleason, Donnelly, Hood, Morrow, Bischoff, Hilliard, Andrew, Forbes, Haynie, Royall, Smith, Tripp, Ratcliffe, Kerby, Simms, Shuman, Leonard, Graham, Hodes, Bates, Taylor, Bixler, Smith, Gaddis, Dorsey, Gordon, Hesse, Dieste, McLean, Marche, Castle, Verlander, Hartley, Fee, Ladd, O’Connell, Burgess]

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Residents of A Street in 1923

9 April 2015

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Street and Avenue Guide, Boyd’s Directory (1923), p. 1706.

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[Surnames: Clements, Mattingly, Booth, Lamb, Trumbo, Higgins, Beadle, Lambert, Dahlman, Davis, DeCourcy, Krowl, Schroeder, Allen, McCarthy, Tappan, McKnight, Draper, Herold, Donnelly, Weedon, Bedell, Washer, Hilliard, Andrews, Forbes, Browner, Royall, Tripp, Ratchliffe, Kerby, Simms, Shuman, Brown, Hodges, Taylor, Bixler, Colman, Gaddis, Dorsey, Gordon, Hesse, McLean, White, Hesse, Risler, Watts, Hartley, Keirle, Ladd, Pannill, Grubbs, Schaefer.]

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