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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George W. Gessford Row
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