House of the Day

DSCN4042, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is going to be a beaut. There have been some serious renovations going on. More photos after the jump.


I have to give props when props are due:


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  • Is this the house on the corner lot at S/Vermont/11th? I have loved that house for years, when it was all overgrown and spooky looking. It looks great now, but I miss the trees and overgrowth. (If you check that corner on Google streetview, the picture they have is of how it used to look.) I guess I like that Miss Havisham’s mansion look.

  • I was disappointed to see it get painted solid white. The patchy look it before added some sort of class to it

  • i went to a party in that house once, years ago when it was all overgrown and shambly. almost all the rooms are round! and the kitchen was in the basement, which was oddly nice. i liked the look of it better back then.

  • I’ve also had a lot of house envy here…if only i had a million bucks and could have bought and renovated it myself, sigh! It’s great to see it get fixed up.

  • I’m a little disappointed about it turning white as well, but this is one in the win column for the DC government’s efforts to encourage property owners to get their real estate into working condition—this place was sitting fallow for a long time until the property tax rate on vacant buildings went up (or actually got enforced…or maybe both).

  • Oh, this is the dredwerks… house some college classmate (Reed Wiedower) must have bought for pennies back in the day. I was hoping to move into it in May, 2004 when they advertised a room for rent — but somebody they already knew upstaged me. The people who lived there used to maintain a blog together. I asked if I was supposed to participate, and they looked at me like I was a crazy person invading their little world.

  • Back when it was all spooky it was mine and my boyfriend’s dreamhouse! I don’t like what they’ve done with it much at all, but it’s definitely good for the neighborhood to not have it sitting vacant.

  • Since I saw that I share(d) my favorite house in DC with so many of you, I did a little research. Turns out it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. From

    Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson

    Location: 1800 Vermont Avenue, NW

    In 1906 a group of educators and leaders met at the home of Jesse and Rosetta C. Lawson, 2011 Vermont Avenue, NW, to organize a Washington branch of the Bible Educational Association with Kelly Miller as president. They also established the Inter-Denominational Bible College, naming Jesse Lawson as president. In 1917 the two groups were combined and renamed Frelinghuysen University, honoring white New Jersey Senator Frederick T. Frelinghuysen (1817-1885) who had worked with white Senator Charles Sumner to promote civil rights during Reconstruction and served as secretary of state during the administration of President Chester A. Arthur. The school provided social services, religious training, and educational programs for black working-class adults.

    Until 1921, when the school purchased this Victorian brick house at 1800 Vermont Avenue, Frelinghuysen’s programs were carried out in private homes and businesses throughout the city. The house was the first building purchased for use as classrooms, and it was used until 1927, when it was sold in order to purchase a larger house at 601 M Street, NW, that would permit all of the classes to operate in one building. The school eventually operated out of the home of Anna Julia Cooper at 201 T Street, NW, among other locations. Frelinghuysen was accredited and conferred degrees from 1927 until 1937. After it lost its accreditation, it began to lose support. In 1940 the university became the Frelinghuysen Group of Schools for Colored Working People under Anna J. Cooper. The institution finally dissolved in the late 1950s.
    Jesse Lawson was a Howard University-educated lawyer (receiving his law degree in 1881) who served as president of Frelinghuysen University from its consolidation in 1917 until his death in 1927. Rosetta C. Lawson was a temperance advocate and a founder of the Alley Improvement Association, which worked to improve housing for Washington’s poorest residents.

    Also I saw that it sold for $570K back in December of last year.

  • My landlord tried to sell it to me for well north of $600k. The problem with the house is that the roof needed to be replaced, and the foundation was unstable. Add in the fact that the overall square footage was pretty small, and the new owners probably sunk at least another $600-700k into it.

    Having said that, I never intended to leave, and we did have some nice parties there back in the day. I’m now two blocks south at Q and 11th, and the neighborhood is just as good as it used to be.

    Perhaps one day the roses will be back:

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