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Year Built


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D. Vogt, 2022


Resident Ellie Becker news article, Wash. Post, by John Kelly, June 22, 2004


The south side of the 2500 block of I Street features nine row houses built in 1911 (2512-2528 I Street). Even though these houses have more land than others in the neighborhood, they were built as low-cost housing for working people. The largest group of houses have set backs from the street that allow for a variety of terraced landscaping.

Nos. 2520-2528 were designed by Washington architect N.R. Grimm and built by Charles W. King, Jr. These houses are slightly wider and have slightly more ornate brickwork than Nos. 2512-2518. No. 2528 has a recessed front entry area and transom over the front door. It shares a dentilled cornice with No. 2526.


1914- Henry A Johnson and Mrs. Hattie Goffney
1963-2015 - Ellie Becker - a long-time Foggy Bottom activist, FBA President, FB News editor 1984 to 2004, and frequent correspondent with GWU President Stephen Trachtenberg.


Ellie Becker used to write, copy and hand-deliver issues of the Foggy Bottom newsletter, bake two roasts a week for the nearby Fire Station and had a vast collection of stuffed penguins in her house. Denise Vogt, 12/2022

Source Material 

Boyds City Directory, 1014
EHT Traceries photo, Nov 1983

Street view (D. Vogt, May 2022)

2528 to 2532 I Street, with Watergate in the background, Nov 1983 (EHT Traceries)

Ellie Becker in photo #3, FBNews, Nov. 2011

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