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427 & 429 Seventh Street, Northwest (Commercial Building), Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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HB296498
Front Elevation


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Location
Northwest (Commercial Building), Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-606
Building/structure dates: 1880 initial construction
Significance: Unfortunately the street elevation has been concealed by the relatively recent addition of a curtain wall, thereby impeding the stylistic identification of the building's facade. Information derived from the building permits indicates that the building antedates 1880. The 1857 Boschke map of Washington shows a structure standing on the site by that date, but it is impossible to confirm that it represents the existing building. The side and rear elevations, as well as finishes on the attic space corroborate the relative antiquity of this structure. Furthermore, on the eastern portion of the basement, the old stone foundation still supports the bearing masonry walls. The building appears toady as a drastic disfigurement of its original image. The curtain wall cladding, aside from obscuring a probable traditional facade, contributes to the visual fragmentation of the once cohesive environment of this district. The articulation of the new blind facade into floors and bays is ineffective and cannot counteract the inappropriateness of the materials and coloration of the design. On this site and perhaps this building, were located the National Era offices, once a prominent newspaper and original publishers of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Subjects
Commercial Facilities


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. FRONT ELEVATION


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