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Charles Gessford Row

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1892. Charles Gessford. 824–832 D St. SE

These five Queen Anne row houses are more substantial than many of Gessford's similar Capitol Hill speculative houses. The builder-architect was also the owner-developer of this row, which he erected at a cumulative cost of $26,500. Their height—three tall stories above a high basement—is increased by the conical or gabled roofs that terminate only the rectangular or semicircular bay towers. In addition to size, the alternation of bay shapes and thus skyline treatment, rock-faced stone basement walls, and the proliferation of pressed and corbeled brick patterns account for the more expensive version of Gessford's stand of Capitol Hill row houses.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Charles 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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