It’s Been A While Seen We’ve Seen A Carriage House


I think this is a carriage house? In DC are they generally part of the property of a house or can you purchase one separately?

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  • This building is right behind my street. Believe it or not, it’s an apartment building. It must have like 6-8 units. The building is really narrow but it’s long.

  • you can see where the front ‘garage door’ was just to the right of the window, and down the left side of the door. they bricked it up and turned it into a house.

    generally carriage houses were part of the larger property. more recently folks have been going through a process by which dc government splits up the property into two seperate ones, so they could actually sell the carriage house as a “house”. some folks do the reverse when they fall into money, and want to add the original carriage house back to the original property.

    i’ve been inside a few carriage houses on capitol hill. some are pretty innovative, if not downright funky.

  • Awww…I love that apartment complex. I used to walk by it a lot. To bad only hobbits can actually live in there, it’s soooo small.

  • From one of the Adams Morgan historians:

    Here’s my best deductive guess about that building on 19th Street: It’s very likely an old stable or carriage house for an estate that was owned by Lawrence and Margaret Sands at the 19th Street end of Mintwood Place. (Margaret Sands was the daughter of cattle farmer John Little, who owned most of the Adams Morgan neighborhood from 1836 to the 1880s. The building doesn’t appear on an 1860 map of the area. There are several buildings clustered at that point on an 1893-94 map. In the early 1900s, it probably would have been an out-building on the grounds of Miss Alice Bristol’s girls finishing school, where wealthy students spoke French throughout the day. (Miss Bristol often hosted events for the Daughters of the Confederacy at her school and frowned on women’s suffrage, according to contemporary newspaper accounts.)

  • Oh, and apparently if the lot is officially subdivided, a carriage house can be sold separately from the main house.

  • The one that you have listed as a carriage house in Ledroit Park (in the alley behind 5th Street was actually not a carriage house. As I understand it, it was originally the local firehouse for the Ledroit Park neighborhood. It was converted several years ago…big bucks went into the renovation but then get this, they couldn’t get a permit for residency because it didn’t have a street address and the afore cited issue of emergency personnel not being able to find the place. The only permit they could get was as artist studios(i.e. non-residential). I think the owners either spent a lot of money on getting the permitting changed (probably not) or they are illegally renting out the apartments (more than likely).

    If you want a really cool carriage house you should look at the one at 1922 3rd Street NW. You can still tell that it once housed horses…sadly though its in terrible shape and some developer is probably going to convert it beyond recongnition that it used to house horses, or it is going to fall in upon itself.

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