Click On The Image To View A Full-Size Portrait And Cyber-Obituary For Each Lost "Victorian of the Week" or Other Featured House

Who really knows how many vintage buildings the District lost in 2002? On a September afternoon hazy with powdered plaster and dusty soil, a backhoe operator on a suddenly-vacant Anacostia lot told me he had toppled over 100 since the winter.

A building can lose its hold on life for the most paradoxical reasons. What is an eminently restorable building in NW may be bulldozed as an uneconomic rehabilitation candidate in Anacostia. But the opposite effect happens, too, as when a neighborhood suddenly becomes too fashionable for its more modest houses.

Not every vanished building goes through a downward spiral of neglect, abandonment, and vandalism or fire before its demolition. Some are simply in the wrong place. Much of the demolition in Washington is silently taking place on upper class residential streets in Spring Valley and Pacific Pallisades, as ranchhouses, colonials, and craftsmen bungalows on large lots fall for McMansions.

None of the houses we are memoralizing in our mosiac was a "landmark". But each was unique in its own right as well as being strands in the weave of the city. Losing them diminishes our sense of "Washington" as a distinct place and brings us closer to the day when all that makes our city unique will be its monuments.

1104-1106 11th Street SE

Victorians of the Week #9

Demolished Early 2002

Anacostia Farmhouse

Demolished Spring 2002

Anacostia Bungalow

Demolished Spring 2002

312-314 H Street NW

Victorian of the Week #14

Demolished Summer 2002

901 R Street NW

Victorian of the Week #3

Demolished August 2002

3023 Stanton Road SE

Victorian of the Week #2

Demolished September 2002

1314 V Street SE

Victorian of the Week #15

Demolished December 2002


3329 Brothers Place SE

Demolished December 2002

337 Rittenhouse Street NW

Demolished December 2002

SE Corner of 16th and Gales Streets NE

Demolished Fall 2002

NE Corner of 16th and Gales Streets NE

Demolished Fall 2002

1024-1026 Bladensburg Road NE

Demolished Fall 2002


Connecticut Avenue NW South of Chevy Chase Parkway

Demolished Spring-Summer 2002