I thru R Street, State Named Streets District of Columbia

Ancestry US

I S. W. cor. 15th St., N. W. – Hamilton Fish of N. Y., when Secretary of State lived in house on this site. Now occupied by residence of John R. McLean of the Washington Post. This house faces McPherson sq. connected with the Story “Senator North” by Gertrude Atherton.

I St., S. E. cor. 15th St., N. W. – (Liberty National Bank) Site of old Chamberlain Hotel occupying site of 3 houses formerly belonging to Fernando Wood, Ex. Governor Swann of Md. and James G. Blaine. Chamberlain Club, former meeting place of National Statesmen and men of letters once located here.

1535 I St., N. W. – Former residence of James G. Berret, Mayor of city during Civil War.

I St., N. E. corner of 16th – Home of Dr. Samuel C. Busey, historian and author.

1617 I St., N. W., next to Army and Navy Club – Formerly residence of George W. Riggs, founder of Riggs Bank.

I St and Connecticut Ave., N. W. – Army and Navy Club on site of home of Gen. Albert F. Myer, Chief Signal Officer U. S. A. for whom Ft. Myer is named. Myer home built by Elisha Riggs was a perfect example of Gothic architecture.

1634 I St., N. W. – Facing Farragut sq. For-mer home of Benjamin Tracy, Secretary of Navy under President Harrison; scene of terrible fire during occupancy. House used as Russian Embassy under Baron Rosen, later occupied by City Club. New home of Amer. Assoc. University Women.

I St. N. W. cor. 17th St., N. W. – This square was once purchased by Major L’Enfant showing his early foresight in regard to the city’s development.

I St., S. W. cor. 17th St., N. W. – Site of Western Schoolhouse established 1806. Erected on lot owned by U. S. Government. Use granted by President Jefferson.

1728 I St., N. W. – Chas. Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber lived in this house.

1731 I St., N. W – Former homes of Sec. of State Frelinghuysen; Sec. Navy Wm. C. Whitney; Postmaster-Gen. Wanamaker. Old home of John Jas. Abert, chief of Topographical Engineers in 1812.

1736 I St., N. W. – Last residence of Jefferson Davis in Washington.

1739 I St., N. W. – Site of home of Harriet Lane Johnson, niece of President Buchanan and former mistress of White House.

1801 1 St., N. W. – The home of Richard Wallach, 19th Mayor of the city. In this house was held the first international conference, where the Pan American Union was established. Representatives from the South American Republics were here and delegates from the U. S., including Hon. James G. Blaine, Andrew Carnegie and Hon. Henry Davis.

1809 I St., N. W., Friend’s School and Meeting House – In 1808, Society of Friends purchased ten lots of land on north side of I, between 18th and 19th Sts., and erected building here. Rebuilt in 1879.

I S. W. cor. 19th St., N. W – “First Baptist Church of Washington City” (organized March 1802) erected building here, same year.

2017 I St., N. W. – Built about 1802 by Timothy Caldwell. Residence of Gideon Granger, Postmaster-General under Adams; of James Monroe when Secretary of State and for a few months after Inauguration as President; of Canning, Minister from Great Britain; of Chas. Francis Adams, Minister to Great Britain during Civil War; and of Cleveland Abbe, founder of U. S. Weather Bureau. Now home of Arts Club of Washington.

1203 K. St, N. W. – Old home of Commodore A. S. Wadsworth. Here Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was entertained in 1839.

1306 K. St., N. W. – Here was signed the Treaty of Washington, by the Joint High Commission of 1871 on the “Alabama” Claims.

1321 K St., N. W. – Former home of John Sherman, Secretary of Treasury, in 1877. One time home of Japanese Ambassador.

1323 K St., N. W. – Here Edwin M. Stanton Secretary of War under President Lincoln lived in 1869. He was appointed by President Grant to Supreme Court but died before holding office.

1428 K St., N. W. – Former home of Admiral Worden, commander of Monitor during fight with Merrimac in Civil War.

1601 K St., N. W. – Admiral George Dewey lived and died here. Also home of Secretary of Interior Hitchcock under President Wilson.

1608 K St, N. W. – William H. Taft lived here while Secretary of War, and the news of his nomination for President was here received.

1627 K St., N. W. – Former home of Jerome Bonaparte, great-grandnephew of Napoleon.

1632 K St. – Home of late Vinnie Ream Hoxie, sculptor of note, who designed the Statue of Lincoln in the Rotunda of the Capitol, that of Gov. F. J. Kirkwood in Statuary Hall, and that of Admiral Farragut in Farragut square. First woman artist to receive a commission from Federal Government.

1701 K St., N. W.- Washington Club, once home of Senator Leland Stanford in the eighties. Later residence of Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks. Headquarters of Mrs. George Maynard Minor, 10th President General of D. A. R.

1705 K St., N. W. – Former home of Alexander R. Shepherd, Governor and rebuilder of Washington. Once Russian Embassy and later residence of Wm. F. Draper, Ambassador to Italy.

2300 K. St., N. W. – St. Ann’s Infant Asylum. Original house erected in 1820 by Capt. J. L. Kuhn, Paymaster of Marine Corps: later occupied by Gen. Chas. Gratiot, Chief of Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army. Residence of Henry S. Fox, British Minister, from 1834 until his death in 1846.

2506-08 K St., N. W. – Built by Robert Peter, Georgetown merchant and one of the “original proprietors” of Washington. One house occupied in 1815 by Anthony St. John Baker, charge d’affaires of Great Britain and by his successor, G. C. Antrobus.

2618-20 K St., N. W. – Built by Robert Peter of Georgetown who gave these residences to his sons, one of whom, Thomas, married Mrs. Washington’s grand-daughter, Martha Parke Custis. When occupied by them Gen. Washington was a frequent visitor. Later used by British Ministers, Anthony Merry, Francis James Jackson and David M. Erskine. The later of these was known as the “friend of U. S.” because of his contention for the rights of America previous to the War of 1812. Tablet marks 2620 – “George Washington was a guest in this house on his last night in this city, Aug. 5, 1799. David Montague Erskine, British Minister and “friend of America,” occupied it 1805-09.” “Erected by D. A. R. Committee on Historic Spots, D. C, 1911.”

K and 29th Sts., N. W. (Rock Creek Bridge) – Here before 1800 was old Rock Creek Bridge. The single arch of this bridge is said to have contained one Stone for each of original thirteen States. Built with this motto carved on keystone: -“May the Union last as long as this bridge!”

L and 13th Sts., N. W. – Church of Our Father (Universalist). Here Feb. 22nd, 1892 was held the First Continental Congress of the N. S.. D. A. R.

2400 L St., N. W.- (Now Columbia Hospital) – Site of old mansion erected by Tench Ringgold, Marshal of the District. Built in 1812. Occupied later by Sir Frederick Bruce and other foreign diplomats, including Mr. Baggott, English Minister.

910 M. St., N. W. – John W. Powell, explorer, geologist and ethnologist lived here.

1205 M. St., N. W. – Former home of Walt Whitman, the poet.

1736 N. St., N. W. – In 1895 a group of friends presented this house to Gen. Nelson A. Miles, at a cost of $40,000.

1810 N. St., N. W. – Pres. Roosevelt resided in this house while Asst. Secretary of the Navy.

1767 P St., N. W. – Molly Elliot Sewell, author, once lived here.

2129 P. St., N. W. – Frank R. Stockton, novelist, died here April 20, 1902.

1615 Q St., The Cairo – Chinese advisory delegation to the Arms Conference entertained here.

1701 R. St., N. W. – Former home of Thomas Nelson Page, author and diplomat, also an Ambassador to Italy.

2340 S St., N. W. – Residence of Woodrow Wilson, former President United States.

S. St., near Phelps pl., N. W. – Site of “Kalorama,” home of Joel Barlow” fighting chap-lain” of the Revolution, diplomat and poet, intimate friend of Jefferson, owner of one of the finest libraries on the country, and authorized reviser of Watts’ Hymns. He was consulted on all international matters, was envoy-extraordinary to France, died from exposure Dec. 25, 1812 in his country’s service while on an errand to Napoleon in Poland. Estate of 90 acres bought 1806 from Anthony Holmead; former name, Rock Hill. Robert Fulton visited here, carrying on experiments on submarine torpedo and used mill pond of Rock Creek to launch model of Steamboat. In 1811 house leased to M. Serurier, French Minister: later inhabited by Col. Geo. Bomford, first Chief of Ordnance Bureau. Occupied in 1819 by Baron Von Greuhm, Prussian Minister. Bought in 1846 by Thos. R. Lovett. Used as hospital for contagious diseases during Civil War. Razed in 1889 to make way for growth of city.

815 Connecticut Ave., N. W. – Rochambeau Apartment – Here lived Mrs. George T. Guernsey, 9th Pres. General, D. A. R. for a time; also at Willard Hotel.

1305 Connecticut Ave., N. W. – Once occupied by the Austrian and Hungarian Embassies.

Conn. Ave. and M St., N. W. – Statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by William Couper.

Connecticut Ave and N St., N. W. cor., N. W. – (British Embassy) James Bryce, author of the “American Commonwealth” lived here. One of first houses built on Connecticut Ave. Sir Auckland Geddes, Ambassador 1921, member of British delegation to Arms Conference.

Connecticut Ave. and N St., N. W. – Statue of John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, by William Couper.

1331 Connecticut Ave., N. W. – Residence of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

DuPont Circle – Statue of Admiral Francis DuPont, now replaced by marble fountain designed by Chester A. French, gift of the DuPont family.

Connecticut Ave. and Florida Ave., N. W. – Here in 1809 Michael Nourse, first clerk of Treasury erected a Stone house in which he lived until 1827. Later sold to Thomas P. Morgan and renamed Oak Lawn. After-wards became Dean estate and house remodeled as at present. Besides this house stands a large and ancient oak about which there is an Indian legend.

Connecticut Ave., jct. Columbia road – Statue of Gen. George B. McClellan, by F. MacMonnies.

Connecticut Ave. – Bureau of Standards – Occupies site of vineyard of John Adlemus a Rev. patriot, who established in 1824 one of the first experimental farms in this country for grape culture. Now occupied by a national scientific experimental Station.

Indiana Ave. and 3rd St., N. W. – Statue of Gen. Albert Pike, author and jurist; was head of Freemasonry in U. S. Designed by G. Trentanovi.

318 Indiana Ave., N. W. – Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney U. S. Supreme Court lived and died here Oct. 12, 1864.

324 Indiana Ave., N. W. – Former home of Admiral Robley Evans of Spanish War fame. Called “Fighting Bob Evans.” Now Christ Child Society Headquarters.

Louisiana Ave. and John Marshall place, S. W. corner – Old Masonic Hall was located here and used as Post Office, 1837-39.

Louisiana Ave. between 4½ and 6th Sts. (south side) – “Washington Theatre Stood here. Second theatre in Washington, also as “Old Theatre,” “New Theatre,” “American Theatre.” Tippecanoe Ball for President Wm. Henry Harrison held here 1841. Destroyed by fire 1869.

458 Louisiana Ave., N. W. – Residence at one time of Wm. A. Bradley, 10th Mayor of Washington.

Louisiana Ave. and 7th St., N. W. – Stephenson Grand Army Memorial, by J. Massey Rhind.

Louisiana Ave. opposite 5th St., N. W. – Site of Old Washington Assembly Rooms in which one of the Inaugural Balls of President Wm. H. Harrison was held in 1841, so-called “People’s Tippecanoe Ball” held at Carusi’s.

Mass. Ave. and 14th St., N. W. – At Thomas Circle, Statue of Gen. Thomas by J. Q. A. Ward.

1407 Mass. Ave., N. W.- Col. Graham, Chief Clerk of State Dept. under Madison and Monroe, also foreign diplomat of note erected palatial residence here. Wm. Craw-ford, Sec. of Treasury in 1821 also resided here. Present house was home of the Rt. Rev. Henry V. Satterlee, first Protestant Bishop of Washington. Was formerly residence of Mrs. Wm. D. Cabell, “Vice-President Presiding,” N. S. D. A. R.

Mass. Ave. and 15th St., N. W. – Louise Home founded by late W. W. Corcoran as home for Southern gentlewomen. Established and endowed in memory of his wife, Louise Amory Morris and daughter, Louise Corcoran Eustis.

Mass. Ave. and 15th St., N. W. – East of Scott Circle, Statue of Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, by C. H. Nichaus.

Mass. Ave. (N. E. corner of 16th St Scott Circle), N. W. – Home of Mrs. Dimock, President of the George Washington Memorial Association.

1601 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Here lived Mrs. Charles W. Fairbanks, wife of Vice-President of U. S., 5th Pres. General of D. A. R. Also home of Secretary 6f Treasury, Wm. Windom.

Mass. Ave. and 17th St., N. W. – West of Scott Circle, Statue of Daniel Webster by G. Trentanovi.

1701 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Bishop John F. Hurst, author, once lived here. Later residence of Charles Francis Adams, Jr., author, and once president of Union Pacific Railway.

1765 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Residence of Henry Cabot Lodge, United States Senator, and member of United States delegation to the Arms Conference.

1770 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Former home of Frances Hodgson Burnett. Erected from proceeds of her book “Little Lord Fauntleroy.”

2000 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Old residence of James G. Blaine. Later Westinghouse home. Now new Japanese Legation.

2020 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Home of Thomas Walsh, where the King of Belgium was officially entertained at dinner by the U. S. Government.

2111 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Former home of Mrs. U. S. Grant, widow of Gen. Grant.

2118 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Home of Larz Anderson, Minister to Japan and to Belgium.

Mass. Ave. and 23rd St., N. W. – At Sheridan Circle, Statue of Gen. Sheridan by Gutzon Borglum.

2315 Mass. Ave., N. W. – Dr. Wellington Koo, and six principal delegates from China to the Arms Conference, entertained here.

Mass. Ave., near Fulton St., N. W. – Site of “Weston.” Purchased by Mr. Chandler of Georgetown. In later years summer home of James H. Causten. Here was long gravel walk lined with flowering shrubs, known as “Mrs. Madison’s walk.” Some say she used this home as a refuge from the British in 1814. Afterwards called Ruthven Lodge.

North of W St., between Wisconsin and Mass. Aves., N. W., United States Naval Observatory – For nearly a century located on Braddock’s Hill, at western end of New York Avenue. Moved to present site in 1892. Here the astronomical computations for the United States Navy are made Asaph Hall made his discovery of the moons of Mars with the 26-inch equatorial telescope of this observatory, at its former site, on Braddock’s Hill. Once site of “North View,” home of Col. Thomas Mc-Kenney, originator of the Indian Bureau, who married a daughter of Gen. Lingan.

Massachusetts and Nebraska Aves., N. W. -The American University – A post graduate university conducted under the direction of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

467 Missouri Ave., N. W. – Home of John Tyler before he became President.

1400 New Hampshire Ave., N. W. – Home of late Senator Hearst of California. Now Italian Embassy.

1618 New Hampshire Ave., N. W. – Residence of Perry Belmont. Here the Prince of Wales was entertained Nov. 11-14, 1919.

1207 New York Ave., N. W. – “Lincoln Toy Shop.”

1308 New York Ave, N. W. – Edgar Allen Poe Stopped in a house on this site. Here was also located Madame O. B. Burr’s School for daughters of Army and Naval officers.

New York Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts, N. W. – New York Ave. Presbyterian Church founded in 1802. First established on F St. next to Willard Hotel. Here Pres. J. Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, Wm. Henry Harrison, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson attended service.

New York Ave. and 18th St., N. W. – Octagon House. Built in 1800 by Col. John Tayloe, the richest Virginian of his day, from designs by Dr. Wm. Thornton. Col. Tayloe built here at request of Gen. Washington, who took great interest in the erection of this home. After the burning of the White House, by the British in 1814, it was occupied by Pres. Madison as the Executive Mansion for about a year, and here the Treaty of Ghent was signed. Dolly Madison held a brilliant reception here. Now the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects.

Notes About Book:

Book Source: Historical Directory of the District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, D. A. R.

Notes about Online Publication: This manuscript has been ocr’d and edited. These records have been reproduced as clearly as online publication will allow us, but not all are exactly the way they were in the original work. The structure of this manuscript has been changed to allow better online presentation. No Spelling changes have been made to names.



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