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TWO BUILDING ENTERPRISES,
TO COST MILLION, PLANNED
Riggs Bank Interests and G. H. Tompkins,
| Local Builder, Project Improvements
in Upp er 14th Street.
Plans for a real estate and build
fuc development involving nearly a
millfon tfolsar* for upper 14th street,
in ih* block between Park road and
Monroe street northwest, were an
nounced today by Riggs Bank inter
ests and Charles H. Tompkins, local
Investor and builder.
The Riggs Bank interests, which
have recently acquired control of the ;
Hamilton Savings Bank, with banks |
and offices at 7th and I street and
14th and Park road, will proceed at
once to erect a two-story, fireproof
bank, store and office building at the
corner/of 14th and Park road.
Mr. Tompkins' Proposal.
Along with this project, Charles H.
Tompkins will erect on the site of
the old Stratford Hotel, at the corner
?f 14th and Monroe streets, recently
purchased by him, a fireproof build
ing similar in design. Mr. Tompkins
will have charge of the construction
of the bank building as well as that
of his own enterprise. Both build
ings are from plans by George M.
Ray, architect. While present plans
call for only a two-story building in
each case, the foundations and struc
tural parts are being made sufficient
to carry the entire structure eight
stories high at any time this may be
This will mean that there will be
a new building on the entire 14th
street frontage from Park road to
Monroe street, extending east on
Park road 121 feet and east on Mon
Historic Lot on Dupont Cir
: cle Acquired by Charles
f W. Semmes.
Sale of the site on Dupont circle
of the historic Stewart castle, for
merly one of the landmarks of this
section of the city, by ex-Senator
Clark of Montana to Charles W. Sem
mes, for a price said to have been
considerably more than $200,000, was
announced this week by the Real
Estate Investment Company and
Randall H. Hagner & Co.
It is understood that Mr. Semmes,
who is president of the Semmes
Motor Company, contemplates erec
tion on the corner of a large auto
mobile showroom, subdividing the re
maining plot for investment purposes.
Falls to Business.
The old "castle" some years ago
became a victim of the business in
roads in the Dupont circle district.
Ex-Senator Clark has held the prop
erty lor a number of years. The site
located at the intersection of Con
necticut and Massachusetts avenues
and fronting on the circle, sold for
more than $10 a square foot.
The Real Estate Investment Com
pany announced total sales amounting
roe street 141 feet. The post office,
which now occupies a part of the
bank property, will not be disturbed
at this time.
The exterior of both of these build
ings will be of classic design, of In
diana limestone and metal.
Designed to House Bub
The building; at 14th and Park road
will house a large bank at' the corner,
surrounded by nine stores?two on
Park road and seven on 14th street?
with offices above. The building at
Monroe street, which will be known
as the Stratford building, will con
tain fourteen stores?eight on 14th
street and six on Monroe street?the
second floor being arranged to accom
modate a luxurious bowling alley,
with space for twenty alleys, a lounge
and rest rooms. There will be a cel
lar under both buildings, and each
store will have its separate cellar and
separate rear entrance?the rear en
trance being taken care of by a large
court In the rear of the buildings con
necting with a private alley, giving
access to Park road as well as Mon
It is felt that an improvement of
this nature will be of deep interest
to the merchant* of upper 14th street
because it will offer a high type of
stores and offices, each store being
approximately 15 by 60 feet. The
ceilings of the stores will be high
enough to accommodate mezzanine
balconies for future growth.
The Riggs Bank interests intend
that the bank at 14th and Park road
shall be fully equipped in every par
ticular to offer every facility now
available in a modern bank.
The rental management of both
buildings will be handled through the
real estate office of Randall H. Hagner
to above $500,000 for the week. Sev
eral properties in Chevy Chase figure
in these transactions. One of them
is a home at the corner of Connecti
cut avenue and Newland street, in
old Chevy Chase. This property con
tains about one-half an acre of
ground, shaded by forest trees. The
residence is of stucco and there is a
garage for two cars. The purchaser
was R. E. Burks.
The property at 1718 Rhode Island
avenue has been sold for Mrs. Edith
C. Matthews of New York. This is a
modern home containing ten rooms
and two baths.
Another Residence Passes.
The property at 1721 H street was
sold for Mrs. Paul Bartlett of New
York for business purposes. This
property has a frontage on H street
of fifty feet, and marks the passing
of another of the older residences of
Washington to business.
The property at 1306 Rhode Island
avenue has been purchased by the
Columbian Preparatory School, of
which George B. Schadmann is the
principal. This is a large brick resi
dence, containing fourteen rooms,
formerly owned and occupied by
Judge Job Barnard of this city.
The residence, 1736 I street, was also
disposed of to an out-of-town pur
chaser for a consideration in excess
of $36,000. The house contains ten j
rooms and is one of the older resi
dences of this city. The new pur
chaser intends to extensively remodel
Premises 1902 Calvert street was
sold for Waddy B. Wood of this city
to Ralph E. Potter.
A large lot at the oorner of 18th and
t streets, containing over 7,000 feet of
ground, was transferred from Thomas
Fortune Ryan of New York to a local
investor. It Is understood the new
purchaser intends to erect a large
apartment house on this site.
A residence in Cleveland Park, 2908
Ordway street, was sold to a local
WILLIAM K. HARTUNG
Real Estate Broker, Located at
1108 16th St. N.W., Announces That
Mr. Ralph H. Campbell
is now associated with his organization as Manager of
the Rental Department. Mr. Campbell has had several
years* experience in the Rental Departments of leading
Real Estate organizations in this city, specializing m the
rentals of business properties and the management of
large estates and apartment houses. He solicits your
Best Location in City
A few steps from 14th st. air line
Exhibit house, 1208 Jefferson St N.W.
Six good livable rooms and bath
We specialize in design
ing large living and din
ing rooms, extra large
breakfast and sleeping
Values like these in
such a location are
hard to find.
Open for inspection today and Sunday until 9 P.M.
D. J. DUNIGAN
1321 New York Ave. N.W. Phone Main 1267
NEW RIGGS BANK BRANCH AND STRATFORD BUILDING PLANNED
r* *- ?
Archltect'M conception of hovr the new banking: and office building", to be erected In the block between Park road and Monroe iitreet on upper
14th street, will appear when completed. .... .
Above 1* the new HIjckb Bank branch, to eo up on the corner of Park road, and below Ik the Stratford building, to lie erected by Charlew H.Tompkln?.
Real Estate Class at Y. M.
C. A. Told of Immense
Tremendous economic losses sus
tained through destruction of prop
erty by fire were brought to the at
tention of students in the real estate
class this week at the Y. M. C. A.
by R. S. De'Espard, local insurance
Figures obtained by the National
Board of Fire Insurance Under
writers through carefully prepared
statistics, it was stated, show a total
loss from fire in the United States
and Canada during the past fourteen
years amounting to 13,410,752,600,
which Is an average yearly loss of
$243,625,200. It was noted that the
loss for 1920, amounting to $330,853,
925, was far in excess of that of any
Expressed in another way, he
stated, the loss from fire annually
averages one-fourth the value of the
averag-e annual production of new
buildings. The gross loss in this
country is greater than all of Eu
rope combined. These figures, it was
explained, do not actually cover the
whole field for the reason that they
are gathered from Insurance statis
tics and it has been estimated that
property to the extent of $400,000.
000, not covered by insurance, was
destroyed in the United States and
Canada during the year 1920 by fire.
Another startling feature of this
needless economic waste, according to
an estimate for 1920 prepared by a
committee of the Fire Marshals' Asso
ciation of North America, is the ter
rific loss of human lives due Ao fires
which, it was stated, averages 23,000
persons per year for the ten years
From a careful study and analysis
! of statistics the National Board of
j Fire Insurance Underwriters has is
i sued a statement concerning the
I proposition of fires that could proper
i ly be classed as preventable.
Payment* Made on Losses.
From figures classified for the five- j
I year period 1915-1919 the insurance'
j company actually made payments for j
j fire losses that are classed as pre- !
! ventable in the following amounts: j
Matches and smoking, $73,500,000; de- j
i fective chimneys and flues, $56,700,- ,
000; stoves, furnaces, boilers and their j
pipes, $55,100,000; sparks on roofs, j
$29,300,000; petroleum and its prod- j
ucts, $25,900,000; open lights, $13,-1
900.000; hot ashes and coals and open
fires, $11,800,000; gas, natural and
artificial, $10,200,000; ignition of hot
grease, oil, tar, wax, asphalt, etc, $4.
500,000; rubbish and litter, $3,500,000;
steam and hot-water pipes, $1,900,000;
fireworks, firecrackers, etc, $1,500,000.
According to Mr. De'Espord, the
idea, of having certain days, or per
haps weeks, set aside each year for
the purpose of educating the public
in fire prevention is economically very
valuable for the reason that the
cause of fires, generally speaking, ia
within the control of the public.
Methods of Adjustment.
In outlining the methods of adjust
ing claims for reimbursements of fire
losses, Mr. De'Espard stated that com
petent adjusters who devote their en
tire time and study to this subject are
employed by the insurance companies.
These adjusters arrive at the sound
value of property destroyed by con
sultation with authorities on con
struction and replacement costs and
in some instances call in expert ap
praisers. In the matter of settling a
claim for loss, it was stated that the
moral hazard was considered to a
very large extent. At the conclusion
of Mr. De'Espard'e lecture a set of
forms used in the work of adjusting
fire losses was distributed to the class
and their use explained by the lec
At the next meeting of this class,
which will be held Tuesday night. De
cember 20, Jesse H. Hedges, local
realtor, will lecture on the subject of
"The Art of Selling Real Estate."
(Former Site of Stratford Hotel)
14th and Monroe Streets
Desirable modern stores with "basements
Entire second floor arranged for 20 Bowling Alleys
LEASES NOW BEING NEGOTIATED
For plans and further particulars
RANDALL H. HAGNER & COMPANY
1207 Connecticut Avenue
^ INSPECT TODAY!
Beautiful New Homes *
No. 1758 to 1768 Lanier St N.W.
(One Block North of Columbia Road)
Eight rooms, two complete baths; attic; large sleeping porch;
Pittsburgh instantaneous water heater; oak floors; finished in ma
hogany and white; lot 22^x142; brick garage.
PRICE REASONABLE?TERMS IF DESIRED
Sample House No. 1760 Lanier Street
Open, Heated and Lighted Daily Until 9 P.M.
N. L. SANSBURY COMPANY, Inc.
"Everything in Real Estate"
s Exclusive Agents
1418 Eye Street N.W.
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I Report Complete Harmony
in Co-Operative Plan
Elections of officers of the corpora- j
tions which purchased ten apartment!
buildings here on the co-operative
plan were held at annual meetings of |
the stockholders during the past
week. The buildings were sold by
the Allan E. Walker Company. j
Reports of the president of each j
of the corporations outlined the op
eration of tlie building in his charge
for the year, together with the plans
for the new year. In every case it
was set forth that complete harmony
and accord prevail and the spirit of
co-operation has done much toward
bringing real home life to the apart
Mat of New Officers.
The list of officers and directors
elected by each corporation follows:
Avondale Owners, Inc.?Albert W.
Howard, president: Charles J. Stock
man, secretary: Clinton R. Robb,
BUSINESS DISTRICT INVADING
FORMER RESIDENTIAL SECTION
Real Estate Men Note Sweeping Changes.
Also See Rise in Property Values
as Expansion Takes Place.
Real estate men are watching with
Interest the transformation of former
exclusively residential sections of
Washington into business thorough
fares. brought about by the congested
condition which exists in the down
town commercial section of the city.
The district to the north of the
present central business section, now
located along Pennsylvania avenue.
E, F and G streets, is undergoing a
gradual, but nevertheless complete,
change at the hands of Investors
serving the needs of various indus
trial, financial and professional inter
ests, it is observed.
This district, bounded roughly by
H street on the south and K street
on the north, and lying between 14th
street and Connecticut avenue, for
many years was the stronghold of
some of the capital's pioneer resi
dents. Brownstone and brick front
dwellings of two, three and four sto
ries, popular in that day, lined both
sides of the intersecting street, and
the aspect presented was one of quiet,
Great Changes Noted.
Today a different scene is presented.
Wrecking crews may be seen on sev
eral of the streets engaged in tear
ing down these old mansions, and con
struction gangs are occupied in erect
ing fine new business buildings, gen
erally with white limestone or stucco
fronts that stand out in sharp con
trast to neighboring dingy residences
of an earlier day.
K street is perhaps the thorough
treasurer, and Mrs. Alice B. Doggett
and Mrs. F. D. Meigs, directors.
Rutland Courts Owners. Inc.?Co!.
J. Sherman Moreland, president; J.
Warren Smith, secretary; George W.
Lamasure, treasurer, and W. Edgar j
Leedy Carl J. Quentell, Frederick W.
Towers and Lyster G. Bayly, di
Parkwood Owners, Inc.?Judge
Isaac Diggs, president; Mrs. Kath
erine Emrick, secretary; G. L. Rob
erts, treasurer, and Dr. Joseph M.
Heller, Dr. William T. Patten. Mrs.
Jennie McH. Walker, Samuel Miller
and Frank L. Wagner, directors.
The Netherlands Owners, Inc.?Ad
miral Austin M. Knight, president;
Dr. Charles McEnerney. secretary;
Louis F. Valentine, treasurer, and ;
Mrs. Harriet Barney and Isaac Dod
Dumbarton Courts Owners. Inc.?
Moultrie Hitt. president; Miss F. Alice
Barbour, secretary; Charles G. Par
ker, treasurer, and John T. Campbell
and Mrs. Mabel A. Butler, directors.
Cavanaugh Courts Owners. Inc.?
Marcus W. Haynes. president; Wal
ter Holland, secretary; Mrs. Adrian B.
Tolley, treasurer, and A. Hartwell
Balcom. Maj. W. L. Browning, Mrs.
E. M. Clement. Mrs. Louise M. Ful
clier, Roscoe E. Mague and Theodore j
F. Kluttz. directors.
The Adelphia Owners. Inc.?R.
Byron Bond, president; Frank S.
I Hemmick, secretary; Harry J. Bpsse.
treasurer, and Walter L. Schofield
and Samuel C. Webber, directors.
The Stafford Owners, Inc.?Col. H. !
R. Stiles, president; Fred B. Enfield, j
secretary; Miss Imogene James, j
treasurer, and Jacob G. Moore and J
M. O. Eldridge. directors.
The Lambert Owners, Inc.?Wil- \
liaxn H. Sholes, president; E. W. Bur- i
ton. jr., secretary; John E. Williams, i
treasurer, and Mrs. A. A. Bessler. 1
Miss Marjorie F. Skinner and Miss
Gene Stephenson, directors.
J The Hoyt Owners, Inc.?H. X. D.
; Parker, president; Henry Williams.
I secretary; Mary L. Pierce, treasurer,
j and James A. Pitney and Mrs. R. M.
fare sustaining the most rapid growth
from a busines standpoint, according
to a survey of the street recently
made by a representative of The Star.
Dating: from the first invasion of this
residential section several years ago.
when the Wardman building* and the
corner structure adjoining broke into
the block, numerous changes have
been effected from time to time, and
these, with building projects totaling
millions of dollars in course of com
pletion or contemplated, will work
what would be a startling resutl i:i
the eyes of thos& who first built
their homes in this locality.
Starting at 14th street and walking
west on K street. The Star repre
sentative noted first the scene of
activity on the site of the old Hamil
ton Hotel, whe*e a new eleven-story
hotel is going up. Further along the
block it was recalled that a local in
vestor some time ago acquired the old
residences adjoining the Department
of Justice, with a view to erecting a
tall office building there. Across the
street, on the northwest corner of
Vermont avenue and K street, signs
of a prominent realtor's office indi
cate that this fine old home has been
turned into a realty "beehive." Next
door the large brownstone residence,
1430 K street, serves as headquarters
for the George Washington University
Many Other Projects.
A number of remodeling projects in
the 1500 block, on the south side, were
noted. Next door to the whitestone
Redmond building was seen the office
of a builder and architect, and on the
southeast corner was a realty office,
all turned from residential to business
uses. On the north side, at first glance,
it appeared that the habitations re
mained intact, but it was then recol
lected that a hostelry of ten or eleven
stories and costing several millions
of dollars is planned on the Warder
Similarly, on I and H streets the
process of remodeling and rebuilding
was well advanced. Four new lime
stone fronts appear on the south side
of I between 14th and 15th streets,
and several real estate and business
offices are on the opposite sid<* in old
dwellings. H street has virtually no
appearance of having been once resi
Reanonn for Change*.
In this connection R. L. McKeever.
local realtor, said as to the reasons
for these changes:
?'Washington," has outgrown In popu
lation. the size of the present business
district, like the small boy, is beginning
to show evidence of 'growing pains.'
The central business district has to
expand, and is expanding. Already
some of the smaller firms are moving
off F and G streets to nearby side
streets, and this movement is rapidly
taking the city out of the class of the
one or two business street towns."
"The demand for F and G street
properties from firms outside of the
city as well as in Washington Is so
great and it is so exceedingly diffi
cult to find any property on either of
these streets of which possession can
be had by the purchaser that the
prices of the limited few available
must necessarily become very high
and increase accordingly as the years
"It is easily seen and easier to
prophesy that as the older dwellings
are replaced with store and office
buildings values will enhance very
rapidly. It is to these districts that
the long-headed investor is now cast
ing his eye with a idea of future, and
not very far distant, profits.
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION!
REMARKABLE NEW HOME VALUES
9th & Longfellow Sts. N.W.
Terms $1,000 Cash; $75 Per Month
Six good size rooms, tile bath with bult-in fixtures, concrete colonial
front porch, double rear porches; h.-w.h., electric lights; large closets
in every room; 7-8-inch oak floor down stairs.
PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN IN CENTER OF SQUARE
Take Takoma car on 14th St. to 9th, one square north; take Ga.
Ave. car to Longfellow St., one square east; or phone us for automobile
Open for inspection 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
EXCELLENT ROOMING HOUSE
1415 Harvard St. N.W.
Semi-detached brick, built by one of
Washington's best builders for his
home; io large rooms (5 bedrooms) and
bath; h.-w.h., electric lights, three cabi
In first-class condition. Ample ga
Can be bought cheap on attractive
Open for inspection Sunday 1 p.m. to
A REAL HOME IN BEAUTIFUL
1865 Monroe St. N.W.
Six spacious rooms, tiled bath, h.w.h.,
electric lights; very high elevation;
large yard; colonial front porch; south
ern exposure. Room for garage.
Price exceedingly low and terms can
Open for inspection Sunday 1 p.m. to
ALMOST NEW AT A PRICE
THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU
3913 13th St. N.W.
Pretty colonial brick home, thoroughly
modern, six large rooms, tile bath, dou
ble rear porches; deep lot to alley; room
Can be handled on small cash pay
ment, balance monthly.
Open for inspection Sunday 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m.
These are only a few of many desirable homes listed '
with us. Call or phone for list of properties in the section
you desire to locate.
WM. S. PHILLIPS
1409 New York Ave. N.W.
Phone Main 98