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I STREET 2500 BLOCK OVERVIEW

Year Built

1880s-1950s

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History

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. 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.

The largest group of houses is unique because their set backs from the street allow for a variety of terraced landscaping. At the top of the street are three imposing row houses, in various stages of renovation

Documents

Ownership History

Recollections

Source Material 

FBA History Project, "Rows with Spacious Front Gardens." Clio: Your Guide to History. https://theclio.com/tour/2098/10

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