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THE SUNDAY HERALD.SUNDAY, MAY 17, 1891.
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A PUBLIC PLAYGROUND.
HOW T1IK SITK OF BA1ICOCK LAKE
"Willi. HE TJTII.IZ1SI).
Ten Acres of Tino limn for Foot-ltnll
and Other Gnmes A I-on-Fclt Wnnt
of Washington Youth to Ho Supplied
Improving the Pnrk.
"Though uot definitely settled Maj. Ernst
has nbont reached n conclusion as to the lo
cal J on of the public playground." Tho
speaker was Mr. George II. Brown, the pub
lic gardener, who for the past twenty years has
had tho immediate care of the beautiful parks
and reservations of the city. Ho Is thoroughly
skilled In tho culture of trees, shrubs, and
flowers, and a landscape gardener of great ex
cellence. His handiwork is tho daily admira
tion of thousands, and to him falls a largo
share of tho credit for the handsome
parks of this city. "The last appropriation
bill." he continued, "provided that a certain
portion of the monument grounds should bo
set apart a6 a public playground. Maj.
Ernst has studied the matter with care, and
the location has about been decided upon.
It will probably bo that portion of tho grounds
which Ho duo north of the monument,,
bounded by B and Fourteenth streets, tho
roadway besldo tho fish-ponds, and a newly
constructed road running east and west a
short distance north of the monumeut. In
fact, it Is what was formerly tho si to of Bab
cock Lake, over which Washinglonlans for
merly used to glldo on skates. The lako was
filled in 60me time ago, and tho grading,
which has been going on since then, is about
completed. Tho area is about ten acres and
will make a commodious common. To bo
sure, at present the spot Is adapted for
anything else rather than a playground,
but a year's time will -work a wonderful
change. As soon as the grading is com
pleted grass "will be 60wn, and by next spring
a beautiful lawn will be there, which will vie
with the public playground of that of many
of our large cities. It will be kept in tho best
of condition, and every possible method will
be taken to keep the grass from being worn
away. To do this completely, however,"
would be an impossibility, and in order to
screen away any unsightliness that might
come from the bare ipots and to afford shade
for the players a row of shade trees will sur
round the grounds. The work is being
pushed forward very rapidly, and we hope to
open the grounds to the public some time
next spring. Of course, there is still a great
deal to do, and I presume some regulations
will have to be adopted as to the use of the
grounds by various teams that wish to play
there. It will have to be so arranged that
players in base-ball or foot-ball matches will
be obliged to secure a permit for the exclu
sive use of one part of the grounds on a set
day at some fixed hour. That is the plan
which has worked with success in other cities.
Yes, I suppose some one will object to tho lo
cation on account of its being the site of the
former lake, but any claims of dampness will
be unfounded, for the ground will be well
drained and will be perfectly dry in good
"The other improvements about tho monu
ment are being pusned forward with all
p.ossible speed. A new asphalt walk has been
laid from Executive avenue to the base of the
monument, and during the past week the long
grass has been mowed.
"There is a park in a portion of
the city where a majority of Washing
tonian6 do uot see it that is destined
to be one of the finest we have. This is
Garfield Park, which is fast Hearing com
pletion. It is a large reservation, situated
south of the Capitol, between South Capitol
and Third streets east, with New Jersey aveuuo
dividing it in about equal parts. It contains
tweuty-foilr acres. It is located in a section of
the city which has not been highly improved
by private enterprise. During this spring this
park has been greatly improved. Tho walks
and roads have been graded, guttered, and
well surfaced. A portion along the Pennsyl
vania Railroad has been planted with trees
and shrubs, so that in time they will make an
effectual screen, which will hide the railroad
from the park.
"This is a busy time for us, and all our men
are now engaged in preparing the parks for
tho.r buramcr adornments. The late spring
aud vet weather greatly retarded our work,
but wo have accomplished a groat deal of
woik. "We have done a largo amount of
planting, more especially in the now parks.
We also continued tho planting in the White
Lot, where we have laid out about four hundred
new trees aud shrubs.
"We have entirely rid the White Lot, a large
part of the Smithsonian grounds, and, In fact,
many of tho largo parks of that infernal pest
garlic. The remedy is a simple one and at tho
bame time Inexpensive and effectual. A few
drops of carbolic acid poured on tho heart of
the bulb will kill tho garlic so that it will not
return. Wo have experimented with it widely
and it -does not fall. To be sure, it kills tho
grabs within a space about the size of a fifty
cent piece, but this grows out again. A small
quantity is plenty for a lawn aud a barrel of it
only costs $12.
"Tho number of llowers with which the
parks will be planted is increased each year,
Last year about 300,000 plants of all varieties
were set out, while this year we contemplate
makiDg tho number 400,000. A number of
new varieties which we have never placed in
the parks before will be planted this year.
"The most attractive improvement this year
will probably bo made in Lafayette Square.
Wo purpose making tho abandoned site of tho
Lafayette statue a thing of beauty, It has been
an unsightly spot, which we will cover up.
A few days ago the foundation, was trans
formed into a ba60 for an elaborate
mound of palms, which will add beauty to tho
park and hide an eyesore from the public gaze,
It is probable that a fountain will eventually
bo placed there. The work about tho Lafay-
ctto 6latuo is nearly completed, nnd as soon as
tho walks arc finished a few palms and sub
tropical plants will bo placed about it to make
tho surroundings still moro nttractivo. After
tho 1st of July it is projected to surround this
park with a low granite coping, with triers at
each entrance, provided either with electric
lights or highspowcr gas lamps.
"Tho flowers in parks this year will consist of
carpet beds, ornamental and ilowcrlng plants
of every variety, palms, aud a larger uumbcr
of sub-tropical plauts. Last year wo experi
mented with Bub-tropical plants, such as
orange and banana plants, lu tho parks.
They thrived 60 successfully that a larger
number will be placed lu Franklin, Lafayette,
Lincoln, aud other parks this summer. Tho
park In front of tho National Theatre will
have four carpet beds planted mainly with
cchcvcrrn. In the fountains will bo placed
aquatic plauts and tropical flowcrhig lilies.
"During tho spriug wo have resurfaced tho
asphalt footwalks generally, aud in somo of
the parks havo changed their direction so as to
give moro direct travel to those passing
through the reservation."
Important Improvements Completed nnd
"Riverdale is improving rapidly," said Mr.
B. II. Moore, tho real estate agent, "and its
desirability as a location for suburhau homes
cannot be denied. Six or seven new cottages
aro under construction, aud as soon as they
arc completed a number of others will bo be
gun. Lots arc being disposed of rapidly.
Most of the choicest lots aro already sold. I
noticed In a paper some tinio ago that somo
ono else than Mr. J. A. Blundon was given the
credit for the improvements which this subdi
vision has undergone. Mr. Blundon is tho
manager of the company owning tho tract,
and it has been under his supervision that tho
spot has undergone such a change. Riverdale
is just 6ix and one-quarter miles from the city
and adjoins tho town of Hyattsville. Ono
can drive there in forty-five minutes, whllo
between eighteen and twenty trains stop there
daily, which take somo twenty minutes to run
there. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad runs
directly through Riverdale, dividing it almost
iu equal parts. A handsome depot has lately
been created at a cost of three thousand dol
lars, and in a short time the express trains will
probably stop at Riverdale as they now do at
Hyattsville. Plans for a store and post office
have been completed and the construction
will commence at once. Tho town covers
about five hundred acres, bounded on tho west
by the Washington and Baltimore turnpike,
while on the cast the Eastern Branch of tho
Potomac runs through a portion of it. Tho
streets have all been well drained aud graded,
and shade trees hav"e been planted along their
IT HAS BOOMED PROPERTY.
Real Estate Advancing Near the Site of
tho Proposed Lutheran Church.
Tho announcement last Sunday that the
Lutheran Memorial Church purposed erecting
an edifice to cost from $30,000 to $40,000 at the
corner of Maryland avenue and Eighth street;
northeast had an immediate effect on property
iu that neighborhood. During the past week
values have increased on Maryland avenue
from Sixth street as far east as Thirteenth 25
cents per square foot. Rapid improvements
are being made along Maryland avenue, which
is becoming one of the finest avenues in the
eastern section of the city. Last week Acker
& Gadsby sold to J. H. Flemer for John A.
Swopc a triangular plot of ground bounded by
Eighth street, D street, and Maryland avenue.
It contains about 1,350 square feet and sold for
$2 per square foot. It was bought by the
above firm twenty-eight days previous to this
sale for $1.75. The property is directly across
Eighth street from tho laud upon which tho
Lutheran Church is to be built. It is said that
Mr. Flemer contemplates erecting a drag store
upon it, with a dwelling at tho rear. Mr.
Acker, in conversation with a Hehald re
porter, said that he believed Maryland avenue
would be in time one of the handsomest in tho
city. Fine residences are being built along it,
and the carcttes make it easy to be reached.
LINDEN FOREST SOLD.
I'urchuHoduyuSyndlcute of Which Repre
sentative Perkins Is a Member.
Davidson & Davidson, A. S. Pratt & Sons,
and Augustus Burgdorff, tho former owners of
tho subdivision known as Linden Forest, havo
sold tho same to Mr, F. Benjamin, who repre
sents a syndicate of four, two of whom aro
Representative Perkins, of Kansas, and a Mr.
Thompson, of New York City. Tho prop
erty contains 34 acres and tho prlco paid is
said to have been $200 per acre. It is located
between Linden Station and Forest Glen, on
the Metropolitan Branch, and is nine and a
half miles from" tho city. Tho subdivision is
already laid out in lots and streets, and has
been considerably improved. It is tho inten
tion of tho recent purchasers to further im
prove tho land and moro thoroughly sub
Ex-Represoutativo Payson to Build.
Architect J. A. Sibley has about completed
tho plans for a handsome house to bo erected
at 1229 Massachusetts avenue by ex-Representative
L. E. Payson, of Illinois. Mr. Payson,
though 6till maintaining a keen interest in
politics, has retired from taking an active part
in them. He Intends to make "Washington his
future home, and will practice law here. The
house which ho will erect will bo a three-story
and basement brick, with brownstono trim
mings, It will havo a frontage of 31 feet 0
nches, and will contain all tho modern im
provements. On the first floor there will bo a
largo reception ball, parlor, and dining-room.
The interior will be highly decorated and will
be finished in hard wood, A noticeable feat
ure will be a broad, handsome staircase, ex
tending from the reception hall to the top
story. The cost of the house la estimated to
ho about $15,000.
Drink Ballantine's Beer.
Driuk Ballantine's Beer.
Termite for building wero Issued to tho fol
lowing for tho week ending Friday, May 15:
Fifteen f rome dwellings for C. W. SimpRon
on lots 3 to 18, inclusive, squaro 007, No.
1009 to 1019 Twelfth street, 1123 L, and 1121 to
1133 Georgia avenuo southeast, to cost
Ono brick prlvato stablo for C. B. .Win
slow In rear of No. 12 Iowa Clrclo northwest,
to cost $1,275.
Ono frame dwelling for Charles W. Handy
on lot 7, Columbia Heights, to cost $8,000.
Two brick dwellings for Mrs. Dr. McKIm
on lots 2 aud 3, squaro 071, Nos. 339 and 341 D
street southeast, to cost $5,500.
Ono brick dwelling for R. C. Mangum on
lot 08, squaro 939, No. 10 Eloventh strcot
southeast, to cost $4,000.
Ono brick dwelling for William Holtman on
lot 33, squaro 534, No. 237 'lhird street north
west, to cost $1,000.
Ono brick dwolllng for D. B. Groff on lot 1,
Blumingdalo, county, No. 1783 North Capi
tol street extonded, to cost $2,500.
Four brick dwellings for James II. Grant
on lots 9 to 11, square 413, No. 010 to 010
Ninth street southwest, to cost $8,000.
Ono brick dwelling for James E. Golston
on lot 4, squaro 80S, No. 634 EaBt Capitol
street northeast, to cost $5,000.
Four brick dwellings for Charles W. King
on lot 11, squaro 783, No. 810 to 810 Dela
ware avenuo northeast, to cost $12,000.
Ono brick dwolllng for William Holtman
on lot 32, squaro 534, No. 239 Third stroct
southwest, to cost $S00.
Two brick dwellings for James Bobbins on
lots 50 and 57, Bquaro 00, Nos. 2110 and 2112
R street northwest, to cost $12,000.
Ono brick dwolllng for Henry D. Fry on lot
D, squaro 247, No. 1133 Fourteenth street
northwest, to cost $10,000.
Ono brick prlvato stablo for P. Vv Hough
on lot 20, squaro 77, in rear of 2110 I street
northwest, to cost $000.
Ono brick dwelling for Farnham & Chappel
on lot 82, squaro 5SU, in rear of 120 F strcot
southwest, to cost $900.
Two brick dwellings for R. A. Walker on
lots 10 nnd 11, square 402, Nos. 029 and 031
Maryland avenuo southwest, to cost $5,800.
One frame dwolllng for John F. Waggaman
on lots 27 and 28, block 13, Wesloy Heights,
to cost $2,500.
Three brick dwellings for C. H. Gladden on
lots 30, 37, and 38, square 915, No. 402 to 406
Ninth Btrcct northeast, to cost $5,000.
One brick dwelling for W. W. Wetzel on
lot 10, squaro 77, No. 2140 1 street northwest,
to cost $8,800.
Two brick dwellings for Thomas Hydo on
lot 10, square 73, Nos. 3158 and 3100 Beall
street northwest, to cost $6,000.
Ono brick dwelling for John R. Ward on
lot 4, square 752, No. 206 G stroet northeast,
to cost $2,000.
Three brick dwellings for Washington T.
kNallor on lots 3 to 6, 6quaro 529, to cost
Two brick dwolllngs for Edward Temple on
lot 13, square 435, Nob. 420 and" 422 Eighth
street northwest, to cost $3,000.
Ono brick stable for G. F. Reed on lots 38
and 39, square 890, to cost $700.
One brick dwelling for T. J. Coffey on lot
41, square 163, No. 1717 K street northwest, to
Ono brick stablo for John Sloussa in rear of
No. 816 Twenty-first Btreet northwest, to cost
One frame dwelling for n. C. Noteman on
lot 4, block 2, Detroit street, South Brook
land, to cost $800.
AUSTIN P. BROWN,
14:9 F STREET NORTHWEST.
CHARLES A. McEUEN,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
1420 F STREET N. W Washington, D. O.
in tho District of Columbia, Maryland, and
Property Bought, Sold, and Exchanged.
Houses Rented and Rents Collectod.
Firo Insurance Placed In RoJJable Companies.
JONAS, GIBBS & CO.,
INSURANCE AND LOANS,
Building Investments a Speoialty.
Our Architectural Department is in charge
of ono of tho loading architects and most
artistic designers in Washington, and wo aro
Erepared to furnish plans and estimates for
ulldlngs of every description, and to guar
antee satisfaction. Wo also estimate on plans
of other architects.
SWo furnish 75 percent, of necessary
money for the purchase of ground and erec
tion of buildings.
navo a homo after your own ideas.
REFERENCES: Woods &, Co., bankers,
1222 F otreet; Dr. John F. May, (May Build
ing,) 2022 G street.; Maryland Title Insurauco
Company, Baltimore, Md.; L. H. Robinson,
contractor, Baltimore, Md., ect., etc.
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Most desirable lots around
Also large tracts and acreage
property in Alexandria
C. M. MaoGOWAN,
Room 5, Corcoran Building,
Conveyancing. Titles Examined.
ANDREW J. SCHWARTZ,
NO. 005 SIXTH STREET NORTHWEST.
Houses Rented and Rents Collected.
Country Property a Specialty.
. L. WEATTICE,
REAL ESTATE BROKER.
1205 GSTREET NORTIIWEBT,
Washington, D. C.
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REAL ESTATE BROKERS,
404 LOUISIANA AVENUE,
Dealers In West Virginia and Pennsylvania
Oil, Coal, Timber, and Farming Lands.
BUY, SELL, and RENT CITY PROPERTY.
Collect Monoy and Mako Loans on
Good Real Estato Security.
Five Lots Carroll Avenuo Dopot, Takoma
lark, iho best for business purposes in tho
Nino Acres of Land flvo miles from Wash
ington. Prlco, $250 one-half cash, balance
to suit. '
For list of other proporty call at tho
The Clmsc Investment Co.,
"63i P St'.N. W.
HOUSES AND VACANT LOTS
IN ALL PARTS OF THE .CITY.
BARGAINS FOR INVESTORS.
SMALL FARMS CHEAP.
WANTED Houses and Business Property to
COLLECTIONS MADE PROMPTLY.
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Mombor of Washington Stock Ex
change. All local stocks and secu
rities bought andsold.
Rqal Estate Broker,
ROOM 2, FIREMEN'S INSURANCE COM
CORNER SEVENTH STREET AND LOUIS
IANA AVENUE NORTHWEST.
FOR SALE Soveral choico lots on M street
northwest, between Seventeenth street and
Connecticut avenue. Tho most desirable sites
for prlvato residences in tho northwest: 24x183
to an 18J-foot alloy.
FOR SALE House No. 1841 G street north
west, 10 rooms.with all modern improvements,
in first-class condition.
FOR SALE Soveral choico lots in Oak View
fronting on Tonloy town Road, also soveral lots
in Cleveland Heights, adjoining Oak View.
A. M. GORMAN,
608 Thirteenth Street Northwest.
Houses for Sale H.W.
T st near Tenth, in Snyder's now block,
flno 8-etory and cellar house, Bide and
rear alley, 0 rooms and bath; rented at
$50 per month; lot 20x05; will bo sold
on easy terms , $8,500
Corner on R bt, 8-room brick dwelling
and store in best condition; can be
bought for $800 cash; balance on easy
SPECIAL ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE
RENTING OF HOUSES.