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George W. Gessford Row

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1891. Charles Gessford. 200–208 10th St. SE
  • George W. Gessford Row

All five of these two-and-half-story brick Queen Anne row houses were erected by architect-builder Charles Gessford for $10,000. They represent the most common type of middle-class speculative row house on Capitol Hill. Projecting square bays with double windows on the fronts and narrow side windows were particularly advantageous on the numbered, north-south running streets. High basements raised the principal rooms above the noise of the streets and afforded privacy from passersby. The houses on this row retain their original steep cast-iron stairs; their simple rails and cut-out patterns allow light to filter through to the basement level as well as to complement the patterned surfaces of the corbeled and molded brick walls.

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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "George W. Gessford Row", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-CN29.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 259-259.

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