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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, July 13, 1947, Image 10

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A LANDMARK OF ELEGANCE TO DISAPPEAR—Visitors yes
terday took a last look at the Leiter mansion overlooking Du
pont Circle which will be removed to make room for an apart
ment hotel. Mrs. Edward Rohter of 3965 Blaine street N.E., views
the splendor of the former home of Levi Z. Leiter, Chicago mer- t
chant prince, from the top of the marble stairs at the front
entrance. At the right, Mrs. Anna B. Cole of McLean Gardens
and her daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Covington, examine the work
manship in a ballroom fireplace. —Star Staff Photos.
Hollywood May Save Interior
Of Letter Mansion for Movies
The lavish splendor of the Leitei
mansion will soon vanish, but Holly
wood may save part of its sumptu
ous interior for future use on the
screen.
That was disclosed last night by
a representative of the Arrow
Wrecking and Lumber Co., which
Tuesday will start demolishing the
huge mansion overlooking Dupont
Circle at 1500 New Hampshire ave
nue.
A representative of .a movie firm
1? due to look over the property to
morrow, the wrecking company
spokesman said.
"They often need elegant period
'settings out there and they’re just
too expensive to build today.” he
said. "That's the reason they w-ant
to see what we have here.”
The massive home was built by
Levi Z. Leiter, Chicago merchant
’ prince who started life as a clerk
in a country store. It wras visited
yesterday by a steady stream of
Washingtonians, some intent, on
buying a marble fireplace, others
willing to settle for a glass doorknob
Prices Are Not Yet Set.
The wrecking company asked
them all to choose what they want
ed and put their names on a list.
Prices were yet to be set.
“\XThv tVip marhlo ctoirwov olnno
would cost $100,000 to reproduce
today, a stone expert told us,” said
the spokesman. ’'It's hard to set
prices on material like this.”
On a large job, the wrecking com
Catholic U. Will Hold
Summer Devotion July 20
Catholic University will hold its
summer devotion to Our Lady ol
Mount Carmel at 11 a.m. Sunday
July 20. with a colorful procession
and solemn high mass.
The procession will form at Mc
Mahon Hall and proceed around t,hf
campus, with participants reciting
the rosary and singing hymns of
praise. A statute of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel will be borne aloft by
four priests of the Dominican. Fran
ciscan, Augustinian and Carmelite
orders.
The Very Rev. Patrick Russell.
O. C„ of New York will be celebrant
of the mass. The sermon will be
delivered bv the Rev. Quentin J.
Duncan. O. C.. Niagara Falls. Ont
The White Friars Hall choir will
lead the congregation in singing the
mass. Enrollment of members in
the Brnwm Scapular of Our Lady ol
Mount Carmel will conclude the
services.
3,000 Expected to Attend
Wheatley YWCA Soiree
Officials of Phyllis Wheat lej
Young Women’s Christian Associa
tion, 901 Rhode Island avenue N.W.
said they expect more than 3.00<
guests at the organization's fiftt
annual midsummer soiree from 1
to 9 p.m. today at the “Y” annex
1719 Thirteenth street N.W.
Mrs. Henrietta Childs, member
ship chairman and secretary of thf
board, will direct the program. Mrs
Eunice Matthew will be mistress o:
ceremonies for the musical program
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panies bid for the work. Then they
are permitted to sell the material
for whatever it may bring. The
amount of the successful bid on the
Letter job is a secret, since com
petition in the wrecking business
is fairly keen, and nobody wants to
let the other fellow know his
business.
When the wrecking job Is com
pleted in about six weeks, Alvin L.
Aubinoe. 1907 Pennsylvania avenue
N.W., will begin construction of a
S3.000.000 apartment hotel of eight
stories and 350 rooms on the site.
Nobody seemed to know for sure
how many rooms are in the man
sion. In view of the difficulty in
knowing what to count as a room
some ciosets seemed almost as
large as a modem small apartment
—an independent count was hazard
ous. But there appeared to be
at least 40 rooms, including eight
small ones in the attic.
Laundry Room is Large.
But the number of rooms doesn't
give the measure of the place. Into
the laundry, for example, you could\
put any one of hundreds of two- i
bedroom homes now being built in j
the Washington area.
About the only remaining me
mento of the Leiters seemed to be
a badlv smashed signal board used
to call servants. It was in the:
attic, along with a couple of boxes
of used typewriter ribbons;"’ Those
apparently were abandoned*by the
National Advisory Committee for,
Aeronautics, which occupied the.
mansion during the war.
Visitors., yesterday wert mostly
women. One elderly visitor said
she often'had read of the Leiters
in the old days and wanted to see
their home before it was destroyed.
Another said she could picture the
| wonderful times the Leiters had.
J just by looking at the big stairway,
j "These people really lived," she
said. |
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Offered by Catholic U.
Catholic University will offer a
two-year graduate training program
in boy counseling, with students
spending two of the four semesters
at Father Flanagan’s Boys' Home at
Boys Town, Nebr., it was announced
yesterday.
The course will train men to act
as counselors in boys’ institutions
and other agencies dealing with
adolescent boys, the Rt. Rev. Msgr.
P. J. McCormick, university rector,
said. Graduates of the course will
receive master’s degrees in boy
counseling. The course will begin
in September.
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Scavenger Hunt, Dance
A scavenger hunt and dance will
be given at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at
Friendship House, 619 D street S.E., j
for 13 and 14 year olds, according
to an announcement.
Friendship House is open week
day afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m.,
and from 10 a.m. to noon each Tues
day, Wednesday and Friday for day
camp activities. Day camp will con
tinue until August 1. Picnics and
outings are scheduled for Friday
afternoons and Saturdays, the an
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Mrs. Durant to Plead
For Release Monday,
Charging 3d Degree
By the Associated Press
CHARLESTON. V. Va.. July 12.—
Kathleen Nash Durant, former WAC
captain, Monday will try to obtain
release from the Federal Women's
Reformatory at Alderson, W. Va..
where she is serving a five-year sen
tence for theft of the Hesse crown
jewels. Her petition for a writ of
habeas corpus charges the Army
used “third degree methods” in “ex
torting” a confession from her. The
case comes up before Judge Ben
Moore in United States District
Court.
The 43-year-old former Arizona
hotel manager, originally from Hud
son, Wis., contends she already had
been separated from the service and
was not subject to the action of an
Army court-martial which last fall
convicted her of helping to remove
the $10,000,000 jewel cache from
Kronberg Castle at Frankfurt. Ger
many. She was in charge of an
officers’ club there.
Mrs. Durant’s petition said she
was compelled to undress before a
military policeman detailed to guard
her In a psychopathic ward deten
tion cell at Fort Sheridan, 111., fol
lowing her arrest in June, 1946. She
alleged she was questioned in relays
and told when she requested food
that "she could eat as soon as she
signed the statement.'’
Her husband, former Col. Jack W.
Durant of the Army Air Forces from
Washington and Chicago, was con
victed by another court-martial on
April 30 and sentenced to 15 years
at hard labor and dishonorable dis
charge.
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