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West King Street Houses

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Various dates. Both sides of West King St. west of Kentucky Avenue

The several blocks of West King Street west of its intersection with Kentucky Street formed Boom Town's upscale residential area. The district's cynosure is the Stuart W. Walker House at 1007 West King Street (southwest corner of West King Street and Tennessee Avenue), a monumental brick Georgian Revival mansion with a pedimented portico. A drawing that the Washington, D.C., firm of Harding and Upman showed at the 1911 Washington Architectural Club Exhibition indicates the original intent was for the porch to have had a flat roof and railed deck instead of a pediment. This would have given the house, now a Masonic temple, something of a “Mount Vernon” appearance. Two good examples of American Foursquare design stand immediately west of the Walker House. Both are basically square in plan, have ample porches and have hipped roofs with hiproofed dormers.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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