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D. Vogt, 2022



The cluster of houses at 8-20 Snows Court were designed and built in 1884 by Oliver Cox for developer Edwin Greer. Nos. 10-20 are extremely simple rowhouses, lacking any ornamental or architectural design.
he doors are at ground level, and generally lack ornamental features. The windows have shutters. The buildings end without a cornice.

In 1959, seven concerned neighbors met at No. 11 to form the Foggy Bottom Association (FBA), as noted by a plaque next to the front door. This group of residents banded together to protect and advance their historic neighborhood. The FBA continues to be active and in 2022 had approximately 240 members with historic preservation as part of their mission statement.

Now schoolteachers, the residents in October 1959 both worked on Capitol Hill. Jean was "on the staff of the Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B, Johnson, Texas and Joyce was on the staff of Rep. Walter Rodgers, Texas."


1884 - Edwin Greer
11/1958 - Guyla Woodward, Patricia Marinaro
1959 - Joyce and Jean Adamson


Source Material 

FBA History Project, FB Historic District Walking Tour. "Snows Court Row Houses ."
Foggy Bottom Association News, Feb. 1961
Rhea Radin, "From the Bottom Up," Foggy Bottom News, June 1959
George Beveridge, "City's Foggy Bottom See Test Ground of Urban Renewal," Evening Star, Oct. 23, 1955
"Snows Court News," FBA News, October 1959 and November 1958 issues

The brass sign at 11 Snows Ct site honors the founding FBA meeting in June 1959. (D. Vogt, 2022)

A long view of Snow Court with access to I St through narrow passage in the distance. (D. Vogt, Dec. 2022)

Photo includes 11 Snows Court house before most facades were painted., DC History Center

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