Digging Into a Columbia Road Architectural Mystery

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Park View, D.C.

The houses from 589 (right) to 597 (left) Columbia Road predate the subdivision and date to the 19th century. The houses from 589 (right) to 597 (left) Columbia Road predate the subdivision and date to the 19th century.

Back in September 2011 I mapped out the neighborhood by sorting through the original building permits to see when houses were built and who built them. There were a few addresses where building permits didn’t exist, which suggested that they were old, and the houses that are on the lots are, indeed old. Yet, when those parcels were developed as part of the neighborhood all the houses around them have permits. To start digging a little deeper into some of these permit-less houses,  I decided to investigate the houses at 589-597 Columbia Road. I’m far from finished in this research, but think what I’ve found so far is interesting enough to share.

591/593 Columbia Road, along with the duplex building to the west, were permitted to move to their current locations in December 1910. 591/593 Columbia Road, along with the duplex building to the west, were permitted to move to their current locations…

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