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D. Vogt, 2022



This group of houses (803-813 25th St.), built in 1890, differ from the relatively plain fronts of typical Foggy Bottom houses. As stated in the Historic District Nomination, the houses' "vernacular design elements" include "bellcast roofs, lancet windows, Flemish gables, and peaked lintels." The are brick three story, two bay houses with a raised first floor.

Neighborhood lore indicates that photographs of the houses were circulated in Germany to attract brewery workers. In fact, the houses were built five years before the Heurich Brewery arrived in Foggy Bottom, relocating from 20th St. (five blocks away), in 1895. But the "story book" houses could have appealed to German immigrants.

The houses were designed by architect Chas. E. Burden, and built by Frank N. Carver for Chas. Early and J.P. Jones. This team was also responsible for 801 25th Street, as well as 2433 H Street and 800-810 New Hampshire Avenue.

Nos. 803 and 813 generally match, with a vaulted intersecting gable creating the second floor and a mansard roof with fishscale shingles. One difference is No. 813 has paired rather than separated windows on the first floor.

In 2022, this house had 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and was 936 sq. ft. and sold for $796, 250.



Source Material 

FBA History Project, Foggy Bottom Historic District Walking Tour, "Story Book Row and Foggy Bottom's "Octagon" House."

EHT Traceries, historic area house survey, 1983

813 25th St, Street view (F. Leone, March 2023)

The rear view of house and brick patio area. (Bright MLS, May 2022)

A view of 25 and H Sts. (FBNews, 1966)

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