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D. Vogt, 2022



Numbers 1-7 Snows Court are seven original red brick (now painted) row houses, built in 1890. The houses on this row maintain their historic facades as well as original brick rears. The houses are 13 feet wide and 28 feet deep. They are 2 1/2 stories, with stairs leading up to a first floor door. Segmental arches are present above the door and all windows. A simple brick motif cornice runs the length of all seven buildings. All units have cellar windows on the lower right side of the façade. No. 7 is an end house on the row and has a side window. It's 702 sq. ft. and has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. In 2023, the house sold for $710,000.00.

They were built by James H. Grant for developer Samuel Norment. (Norment was the same developer responsible for the Fitzgerald (840-844 New Hampshire Ave.) and adjoining row houses.) This grouping of homes helps us visualize how the entire alley must have looked during the late 1800s. In 1905, these very basic dwellings with four to five rooms rented from $6.50 to $9.30 a month. They may have been occupied by at least two families and additional boarders.

Starting in 1952, new residents and developers started buying and renovating the neglected Snows Court row houses, following the example of the nearby Georgetown neighborhood. In 2022, these small, but geographically desirable, homes sell in the $800 - $900k range. "... The 93 year old dwellings, which had deteriorated into scarcely more than hovels, each occupied by 10 or 12 unfortunate Negros, were stripped back to the bare walls. All interior partitions were removed, and ne" w flooring was laid over the old. Gas, electricity and inside plumbing, which none of the houses had before, were installed," according to an article about Snows Court in the Washington Star in 1953.


1884 - Edwin Greer


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;
EHT Traceries, historic area building survey, Nov. 1983
Isabelle Shelton, The Washington Star, Nov. 8, 1953

The seven rows and a wood frame house on 25th St. (Robitscher collection, 1950s)

The 25th St access to Snows Court passes by the seven historic rows as seen in 1972. (Evening Star, PM Schmick, Aug 2 1972)

The seven historic rows in 2022. (D. Vogt, Dec 2022)

The seven rows make the news in the Washington Post. ( Washington Post, Sept 3 1983)

A southern view of the seven rows in 1947 with the two gas tanks looming over their rooflines. (GWU Gelman, 1947)

1-7 Snows Court houses (before 2015) (Ellie Becker Collection, DC Hist Cent)

No. 7 Snows Court - side and rear view before and after renovation - the archway remains (as of 2023) (Wash Post Dec. 8, 1954)

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