Another Potential Great Doorway to Nowhere

DSCN0497, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I suppose there may be a balcony built as well but I have a hard time envisioning it.

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  • I’ve been watching this renovation and that’s sad to put the cheapest, non-vernacular Home Depot door where there should be a tall window. This house is a great candidate for full restoration, and its lot & location would make it a showpiece. Let’s hope this door is just temporary to keep out pigeons while other work is being done.

  • AngryParakeet-

    I had the same thought when I saw the photo. Great minds…..

  • Heh! Me too.. make that 3 for 3. That door is not a good sign of things to come. That house is on 11th down at the bottom of the hill, right? Too bad. It’s a gorgeous house and lot.

  • I think it’s the corner lot house at 11th and Vermont….

  • This house is at 1800 Vermont Ave. NW and is it listed on the National Register of of Historic Places and is on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites. So, don’t worry, the restoration work (at least the exterior) will have to be reviewed by the DC Historic Preservation Office and done correctly. My partner and I toured it when it was for sale and considered it… but it needed more time for restoration than we really had – it was really rough.

    It was historically known as Frelinghuysen University. An excerpt from a 2003 Business Journal article:

    “Even though it was built as a residence in 1879 and is leased as a residence today, the little wedge-shaped building at 1800 Vermont Ave. NW earned its place in history during the six years it was an innovative school — one of the first to offer continuing education courses for African-American adults.

    From 1921 to 1927, the building’s gables, turrets and octagonal rooms housed Frelinghuysen University, founded in 1917 by the merger of two Bible academies.

    The school was named after Sen. Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., a Reconstruction-era advocate of equal education; however, the historical figure most closely associated with the institution is Dr. Anna Cooper, one of the first African-American women to attend college and a president of the university.

    Cooper, born in 1858 to a slave, became a teacher’s aide at 11, served as principal of M Street High School (now Dunbar) from 1902 to 1906, and earned a doctorate in classics from the Sorbonne in Paris in 1925.

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