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Row Houses

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before 1887. 512–516 and 602–608 East Capitol St. NE

The growing sense of East Capitol Street's monumental character during the 1880s, a result of its great width and the deep “parking,” or front gardens (actually city rights of way) of its houses, was expressed by increased building heights. Two sets of anonymous undated row houses in the 500 and 600 blocks demonstrate how imposing sheer size and repetition of elements can be. Tautly stretched brick walls are merely overlaid with cast-iron and wood stock parts, perhaps ordered from the catalogs of ironmongers in Baltimore or New York.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Row Houses", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 254-255.

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