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F Troop: 1928

F Troop: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Barrister Building, F Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Below is the same view from May of 2016.

Waiting for Il Duce.

I expect it's just my fevered imagination but the balcony shown below just looks as if it's waiting for a suitable dictator to address the adoring masses.

Six Per Cent Building

The similarity of the Barrister Building and the Washington Permanent Building Association is more than coincidental: both were designed by architect Appleton P. Clark, Jr.

Washington Post, May 11, 1907

M'Gowan Building Sold

Washington Loan and Trust Dispose of Property for $26,000.

The McGowan building, at 629 F street northwest was recently sold to the Washington Six Per Cent Building Association by the Washington Loan and Trust Company through the firm of Stone & Fairfax. It is understood that the price paid was $26,000. The Six Per Cent Building Association moved into the McGowan building not long ago under a lease.

The property has frontage of twenty-six feet seven inches on F street, and its 120 feet deep, running back to an alley. For many years the Washington Six Per Cent Building Association occupied offices in the Second National Bank on Seventh street. It recently left those quarters to make room for the growing business of the bank. The building association is one of the oldest concerns of its kind in the city.

It is thought that the building of the new union station will increase demand for property around Seventh and F streets. Stone & Fairfax have recently sold several buildings in this square.

Washington Post, Aug 25 1912

The Washington Six Per Cent Building Association, to erect an office building at 629 F street northwest. A.P. Clarke, jr., architect, Melton Construction Company, builders. Cost $23,500.

Washington Post, Apr 14, 1931

Capital Building Body 50 Years Old

Small Group Here Organized Permanent Association in Early Part of 1881.

By Thomas M. Cahell.

The Washington Permanent Building Association is now 50 years old. Early in 1881 a small group of men met at Gustave Hartig's hardware store at Seventh and K streets northwest to discuss the formation of a building association, different from any then in operation in the District, in that it was to follow the permanent rather than serial plan.

The permanent plan meant the continuation of business from year to year, instead of a series of periodical settlements as a serial association then operated. The permanent plan was adopted from Philadelphia, where all necessary information was obtained.

After a few conferences at the Hartig store, a larger meeting was held at Dismer's Saengerbund Hall, where preliminaries for drafting a constitution were settled. On May 14 the first meeting of the association convened at German Hall, on Eleventh street, between F and G streets northwest.

The association's first office was above the German-American National Bank, at Seventh and F streets northwest, where Hecht's store now stands. In 1884 it occupied half of the first floor of the Pacific Building, now a part of the Hecht's store. Office hours were then from 3 to 5 p.m. In 1898 it moved to the Second National Bank Building, at 509 Seventh street northwest, occupying half of that building until March, 1907, when it acquired its first home, the McGowan Building at 629 F street northwest. At this time the minutes of the association were changed from German to English. In 1913 the association's building was razed for its present modern banking office on the site, its temporary headquarters being at 631 F street northwest during the construction period.

In the background

There is Smithsonian American Art Museum on the backstage.
Modern view of the place

[At the time, it was the Old Patent Office. - Dave]

The littlest flapper

The youngsters very nicely and expensively dressed! The little girl's outfit, with the cloche hat and knee-length coat and fur perfectly copies in scale those worn by the adult flappers of the day!

Date Question

How firm is that 1928 date? All of the cars I can see have an angularity - especially the flat tops of the fenders - that looks more like the late teens/early Twenties. Of course, they could all just be older cars.

[There are mid to late 1920s cars here, with 1928 District of Columbia license plates. Another clue is balloon tires and the number of cars with disc wheels. - Dave]

Barrister Building

Info on the Barrister Building at Shorpy Post: Slush Hour: 1916.

October 1970 (+42), Historical American Building Survey.


Nice to see a Sign Shop that prides itself on workmanship. I see Jerry has opened his Restaurant up!

Etched in stone

No adjustable rates mortgages at the Washington Permanent Building Association - 6 percent cast in stone. Lots of patent lawyers and the ever-present cigar store, too.

Oh Henry!

The Kids got a box of Oh Henry! bars. A whole box, he must be rich! Or he's selling them.

[Or it's his pencil box. - Dave]

I hadn't thought of that one, probably correct since they seem to be coming from or going to School.

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