2530 I STREET NW
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The 2500 block of I Street features a variety of sizes and styles of working-class row houses. Irish immigrant builder Peter McCartney built several of these houses. The largest group of houses is unique because their set backs from the street allow for a variety of terraced landscaping.
The first two houses at the bottom of I Street (2530-2532) were built in 1889 by Irish immigrant Peter McCartney. The houses feature an unusual bricked arched entryway to the back yard garden and intricate brick cornice work. McCartney built a number of houses in Foggy Bottom in the 1880s. He began as a carpenter and soon established a successful contracting business. His skill with brick and wood is found throughout the historic district including in the corbelled brick cornices and delicate jigsaw work.