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Bachelor Flats

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1904, Waddy B. Wood. 1737 H St. NW
  • Bachelor Flats (Photographic Archives of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

The Bachelor Flats, one of several similar service apartment buildings for single men, appealed to affluent tenants who wished to live in a residential area near the private clubs around Farragut Square and close to the principal departments of the executive branch of government. Servants provided housekeeping and cooking services. When the area was converted to commercial uses after World War II, the Bachelor Flats was adapted for offices. The stone-sheathed bay windows on the facade mark the locations of two of the five apartments on each floor; the apartments consisted of a living room, a bedroom, and a bathroom. Originally, a roof garden sheltered with a pergola provided private outdoor space.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Bachelor Flats", [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, 227-227.

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