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924 25TH STREET NW

Year Built

1957

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D. Vogt, May 2022

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History

The Foggy Bottom Historic District ends at 922 25th Street, but the next building is now the River Inn, an-all suite hotel. It was built as the Alamac Apartments in 1957, designed by architect Edwin Weihe. Three rowhouses were demolished for the new apartment construction -- 926, 928 and 930. Two of the houses were owned by U.S. District Judge Burnita Sheldon Matthews and her brother Edwin Shelton. The houses were rental units.

The River Inn converted to a hotel in 1978, just before a 1980 zoning change prevented such conversions. The hotel attracted tour buses and Foggy Bottom residents persuaded the city to ban such buses on residential streets. The ban was challenged, but upheld, creating a national precedent.

In the early 2000s, the hotel was home to a popular neighborhood restaurant, The Dish. The restaurant closed in 2021. In 2022, the restaurant reopened under the name, Matera.

Resident/Owner

now demolished number 926, 928 rowhouses, DC Judge Burnita S. Matthews and her brother, Edwin Shelton, owners, 1950s
-- 926 25th St - Rosie McClurkin, renter
-- 928 25th St - Mr. and Mrs. Sarah Brown, seven children, mother of Sarah, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, renters

Recollections

In 1954, at 928 house, "to drain it [the kitchen sink] Mrs. Brown applied a plunger to the drain outlet. As she did so, water squirted in several directions fromthe leaky drainpipe under the sink. A pail backstopped the drainpipe. Outside, water trickled almost continuously from a pipe onto the ground and into the backyard, where stand the outside toilet and the skeleton of a rotten wood and corrugated iron shed." .... "Mrs. Brown says her husband is a Government messenger and could afford to pay more than the $27.50 rent the family is paying, but with seven children she is having no luck finding suitable housing."

In 1954, at 926 house, Rosie McClurkin says, "she has received very good service on repairs, pointing to the roof that had recently been replaced. The house has electric light, hot water and an indoor toilet. ... Part of the kitchen floor paneling is buckled inward. Resting against the the panleing are several loose bricks. ... In the middle downstairs room stands a huge old jukebox. Mrs. McClurkin says its there primarily for the entertainment of the Royal Family Social Cub which meets in her home occasionally."

Above are excerpts from, Washington Post, Dec. 8, 1954, see Source Material


Source Material 

"Face Lifting Gives Foggy Bottom New Look though Some Bad Housing Still Spots Area," by S.L. Fishbein, The Washington Post and Times Herald, December 8, 1954

The front view of a post card for the River Inn. (artist unknown)

The rear view of the River Inn with parking connecting to Hughes Mews. (D. Vogt, May 2022)

928 25th St (bottom photos) - rear facade and living room fireplace - the row house was demolished and replaced by The Alamac Apartments (now the River Inn) (Wash Post Dec. 1954)

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