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George W. Gessford Row

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1891. Charles Gessford. 200–208 10th St. SE
  • George W. Gessford Row (Pamela Scott)

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.

Writing Credits

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—,

Print Source

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

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