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Washington, DC House History Map Updated!
Well, it took us three years due to a house and office move of late, but its here!  We've updated the Google Maps that chart the locations, along with a wee bit of history, of each house and building we have researched.  Check it out, and discover the histo...
Well, it took us three years due to a house and office move of late, but its here! We've updated the Google Maps that chart the locations, along with a wee bit of history, of each house and building we have researched. Chec...
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Almost Razed: History of the 1700 Block of Seaton Place, NW
            In what is
coined the Strivers Section today, the 1700 block of Seaton Place, located
between U, V, 17 th Streets and Florida Avenue, was first developed
in the early 1870s, and completed by 1908.   It was the subject of noted photographer Gordo...
In what is coined the Strivers Section today, the 1700 block of Seaton Place, located between U, V, 17th Streets and Florida Avenue, was first developed in the early 1870s, and completed by 1908. It was the subject of noted ...
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History of the odd Ffoulke Mansion at 2013 Massachusetts Avenue, NW: A Man and His Tapestries
One might be hard pressed to
assign an author a combined article about Welsh ancestry, Quaker religion, antique
tapestries, Royal weddings, early retirement, and even Pope Urban VIII, but
they are all integral to one mansion that once stood at 2013 Massachu...
One might be hard pressed to assign an author a combined article about Welsh ancestry, Quaker religion, antique tapestries, Royal weddings, early retirement, and even Pope Urban VIII, but they are all integral to one mansion ...
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Washington Lost: The Federal style townhouses in the 1900 Block of Pennsylvania Ave, NW, built in 1796
The 1900 block of
Pennsylvania Avenue on the southern side of Square 118 was one of the oldest
residential developments in Washington, DC, evidence of which remains in two
preserved front facades at 1909 and 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue incorporated into
the Me...
The 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the southern side of Square 118 was one of the oldest residential developments in Washington, DC, evidence of which remains in two preserved front facades at 1909 and 1911 Pennsylvania...
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The "Giant Tomato Can" House in Dupont Circle
The owner of the three 1887 built houses at 1640-1644 21 st Street, NW in November of 1943 was William Wadsworth
Wood, who initially had a plan to build a large circular shaped hotel behind the
row of homes on R Street, NW.   He changed his mind,
however, j...
The owner of the three 1887 built houses at 1640-1644 21st Street, NW in November of 1943 was William Wadsworth Wood, who initially had a plan to build a large circular shaped hotel behind the row of homes on R Street, NW.  H...
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U Street 1930s Neon Liquor Sign for sale!
  Own a piece of the famed U Street Washington DC History!   This
fantastic Liquor sign once graced the Egber's Liquor store at the
southeast corner of 12th and U Street, NW- America's famed Black
Broadway.  Looks to be from the 1930s or 1940s.  I was an...
 Own a piece of the famed U Street Washington DC History!   This fantastic Liquor sign once graced the Egber's Liquor store at the southeast corner of 12th and U Street, NW- America's famed Black Broadway.  Looks to be from t...
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The Unusual Origin of Howard University By One of Its Founders, Charles Boynton
Boynton Mansion at N Street and Vermont Avenue, NW The first President of Howard
University, Charles B. Boynton, took office on March 19, 1867, marking the
official beginning of the esteemed institution that had been conceived in his
house near the intersec...
Boynton Mansion at N Street and Vermont Avenue, NW The first President of Howard University, Charles B. Boynton, took office on March 19, 1867, marking the official beginning of the esteemed institution that had been conceiv...
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History Mystery: Steamer Trunks of the Grant Family
Many years ago, an owner of 1711 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
approached us with a history mystery; she had found several steamer trunks with
the name ‘Grant’ painted on them, and wondered if it were at all possible they
could have once belonged to the Ulysses ...
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The Schneider Mansion at 18th and Q - Razed After Just 39 Years
Copyright Sharon Holdren The large and
impressive stone house seen here once stood proudly on the south-east corner of
18th and Q Streets. Many readers may recognize it as the Schneider mansion,
home to prolific architect and developer Thomas Franklin Schne...
Copyright Sharon Holdren The large and impressive stone house seen here once stood proudly on the south-east corner of 18th and Q Streets. Many readers may recognize it as the Schneider mansion, home to prolific architect an...
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The lost history of Square 163: Conn Ave and K Street, NW
Bounded by K Street to the south, L Street to the north, Connecticut
Avenue to the east, and 18 th Street to the west. Like
many of its surrounding neighbors to the south and west, Square 163 no longer
has any evidence of its past architectural history base...
Bounded by K Street to the south, L Street to the north, Connecticut Avenue to the east, and 18th Street to the west. Like many of its surrounding neighbors to the south and west, Square 163 no longer has any evidence of its...
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Hard to find Records of the DC Historical Society are on eBay this week!
These hard to find fascinating books tell tons of Washington, DC history on architecture, people, neighborhoods, industry, just about everything.  All volumes starting in 1901, along with the rare indexes to make research a breeze!  Check them out HERE
These hard to find fascinating books tell tons of Washington, DC history on architecture, people, neighborhoods, industry, just about everything.  All volumes starting in 1901, along with the rare indexes to make research a b...
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History of the Maret School at 2118 Kalorama Road
The famed
Maret School at 3000 Cathedral Avenue in Woodley Park was founded as a French
school for girls in 1911 by Louise Maret, a teacher born in Switzerland and
educated in the United States.   Success
was immediate in Washington, and by 1923, the school...
The famed Maret School at 3000 Cathedral Avenue in Woodley Park was founded as a French school for girls in 1911 by Louise Maret, a teacher born in Switzerland and educated in the United States.  Success was immediate in Wash...
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  • Kelsey & Associates
    Proprietor, 1995 - present
  • Historic Congressional Cemetery
    President, 2012 - present
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Paul K. Williams is the President of Historic Congressional Cemetery, and is also the proprietor of Kelsey & Associates, "The House History People," a small firm that specializes in creating a genealogy for a house or building; we research who built it and when, who designed it, who has owned it, and who has lived there and what they did for a living. We focus on the houses in Washington, DC and some other communities across the United States. I've published 19 books with Arcadia, History Press, and Anova Books on neighborhoods in Washington and my hometown of Skaneateles, NY...titles below. We've sold more than 45,000 to date!  We're publishing Modern SW DC in the fall of 2016, and we are working on a "How to Research Your House History" book. I've been the author of the popular "Scenes of the Past" column for the InTowner newspaper beginning in April of 2001. Visit us at www.WashingtonHistory.com
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