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Wilson-Potts Houses

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1795. 609–607 Oronoco St.

These large twin five-bay houses were built as a pair by William Wilson and John Potts, Jr., respectively, and originally each had half a city block. Washington, of course, dined at both, and 607, long open to the public as “The Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee,” has other important associations. Constructed of brick laid up in Flemish bond with splayed lintels and prominent water tables, the houses feature pedimented center pavilions which project slightly and have typically restrained pedimented entrances. At press time, number 607 was under purchase agreement for possible conversion to private use.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Wilson-Potts Houses", [Alexandria, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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