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For Sale: 1920

For Sale: 1920

Washington, D.C., real estate circa 1920. "16th Street Northwest and Webster, south side." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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I live in one of these!

Today, while sitting on my front porch, I saw a man coming up my walk with something in his hand. It was a copy of your photo of my block in 1920. We've always wondered when these homes were constructed, and now I know and can share this with my neighbors!

This is so cool!

Patricia Kennedy
1623 Webster St NW

Down to a science

I thought the same thing about the complexity of design and construction when I first saw the photograph. But there seems to be a brazillion such units in the area so they must have had it down to a science.

Chas. E. Wire, Builders

Advertisement, Washington Post, Nov 4, 1920

New Homes That Appeal!

Sample House No. 1613 Webster Street N.W.
Open and Lighted For Inspection Daily and Sunday, Until 9 P.M.

The Best Buy in the City for the Money
Come out, see for ourself and be your own judge.

Two-story, cellar and attic, bricks, containing 8 rooms and 2 baths; hot-water heat; electricity and gas; 4 bedrooms with large closets; sleeping porches; lots 22 ft wide by 139 ft. deep, to 20-ft. alley; garage accommodations.

We claim we have the best located, constructed and arranged house on the market in the District today. It will be your interest to see these homes before purchasing elsewhere.

Chas. E. Wire, Inc., Builders.

Terrell & Little, Selling Agents.
1413 H. Street N.W., Telephone Main 3285

Complex construction

Being an amateur builder, I can't imagine the complexities of putting up a building in steps like that. And the brick face isn't stepped.

They're still there.

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