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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, SATURDAY, MARCH 29; 1919. l OWN YOUR OWN HOME lEGIN "OWN-A-HOMF CAMPAIGN-LOWER PRICES UNLIKELY BUY REAL ESTATE NOW T- " II S. '01-A-ME' B CAM PAIN GN To every State in the Union and to very community in every State, the Government is sending the watch words, "Own your own home." This means that as a method of re adjustment after the war the work C building: is urged as most conducive to national welfare, and the United States Department of Labor is non carrying: on a nation-wide campaign that bas enlisted organizations as well s citizens in united effort. The campaign is conducted tfirougn local committees composed of town o clty officials and representatives of leading- associations interested in civic Progress. Bankers, ministers, editors, teachers, and members of women's clubs, as well as business men, co-op erate in this campaign and tlirougn their own special campaigns arouse in texest in the building: of dwellings and other structures. Community houses of various sorts are focusing atten tion. These include libraries, club houses, and recreation centers. Building gives employment to men of many trades, and it has the advan tage of stimulating local business en terprises of various sorts. The matc rials close at hand are likely to be used and as every community has a certain proprietary Interest in each new structure, nothing more surely awakens civic pride than extensive building operations. More than twenty cities have already given assurance of co-operation in thi ovn-your-own-home campaign, which has been only recently started. The plans suggested by the United States Department of Labor include the best ideas for model cities as well as fo. separate homes. A Manual of Infor mation tolling how to proceed in th-2 local campaigns has been prepared un der the supervision of Paul C. Murphy, oi Portland. Ore., who has been in strumental in conducting successful building movements in the West. z 0OOO Near Dupont f Circle Price, $5,250 A very attractive home of 6 rooms and bath, hot water heat, electric light, sleeping porch. Very good lot to alley. Vill sell on very reasonable terms. Possession. MT. PLEASANT, noor Pnrlr road, positively the best value -r ux uw enure section lor the X money. 6 large rooms, re- ception hall, bath, cellar, hot T water heat, electric light, -3 hardwood floors, two-car garage. Possession as soon 5 as sale is closed. Price $7,750. MOORE & HILL, Inc., 1420-29. H Qf M w t SWAYS U S. NEEDS NEW HOMES S. W. Straus, prominent New York banker, is enthusiastic for the ea-ly resumption of building and construc tion -work. Commenting on the pres ent situation, Mr. Straus says: "Reports from all parts of the coun try indicate that building Conditions are at least one year behind normil demand. That these estimates arc conservative may be judged from the fact that total building work in th United States in 1916 was ?9S0.000.005 and in 1917 $700,000,000, while various canvasses of the situation indicate a present building deficit far in excess of $1,000,000,000. With this strong pressure back of the market, and the accepted cut in steel prices for the balance of the year, stabilized condi tions are being manifested every where In the country. "Meanwhile there are indications that lumber may bo expected to ad vance in price eventually. This ex pectation is based fundamentally on a tremendous demand as .a result of the building shortage and a largely decreased production. In 191S there was a shrinkage of 3,000,000.000 feet, as compared with 1917 production. "Current reports indicate that pend ing building projects throughout the country have reached more than $500,000,000, which amount will be greatly increased within the next few weeks under the stabilized conditions that now are being rapidly brougnt about. "General conditions, therefore, in dicate that nothing Is to be gained by holding off for lower prices now, and that the unusual building activi ties which must continue over a p riod of many years before normal re quirements are met has definitely begun." NEW PASTOR BUYS CHEVY CHASE HON E Dr Ocorge M. DifTcnderfer. the new pastor of the Lutheran Memorial Church. purchased an attractive Chevy Chase home during the past week from the real estate firm of Boss & Phelps. The home is located at 3812 Kana wha street and contains ten rooms and two baths. It is of frame con struction and built on the central hall plan. The house contains hot-water heat end electric lights. A garage is also located on the property. Other homes sold during the past week through Boss & Phelps include the home at 1348 Park wood place, roid for Wilhelmina K. Niemnyer to William M. Dement, who will occupy i as his home. The house contains six rooms and bath, electric lights .nd hot-water heat, and front and rear porches. Lea H. Sommerfleld sold the three story brick house at 1461 Chapin street to Eflfio J. Bonham. 'A garage is also located on this property. One of the new homes at Forty ftrst and Keokuk streets, just com pleted by Boss & Phelps, was sold to George W. Edwards. This house is of the Colonial type, contains eight rooms and two baths, open fireplace, electric lights, vapor heat and solid oak floors Organized Effort By RONALD S. O'NEILL; W. GILBERT DENT, who recently suffered a severe illness, has again been compejled to absent himself from his office for a week or two. Mr. Dent is recuperating at Oakley, Md. R. L. McKEEVBR has a new form ula for "treating" the hitherto harm less Coca-Cola. The "kick" is guaranteed. CHARLES P. STONE is back at his office after his recent HIness. High prices have not daunted H. R. HOWENSTEIN. He Is about to follow his consistent building of small homes with the erection of a large apartment house. H. GLENN PHELPS, of Boss & Phelps, who has been seriously ill during the past two months, has re covered and is back at his office again. Washington -real estate and building interests can find inspi ration for profitable endeavor in the activities of the same interests in near-by eastern cities. At Newark, N. J., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., initial steps have been taken for "community drives" for a revival of building and construction work. n ' Newark is organizing its civic forces in an effort to devise ways and means for building 2,000 homes this yeaVL.. Wilkes Barre has just organized a Bureau of Building Interests iV ijs Chamber of Commerce, and the bureau has already formulated plans for an intensive home building campaign. These -cities know the worth of ORGANIZED EFFORT.' - ' What other cities are doing, Washington can do. None of the others- can rival the natural and inherent advantage of the Na tional Capital. Surely the time is opportune for the building and real estate interests of Washington to launch a major offensive with a city of home owners as its splendid, worthwhile objective. If neglected, Washington will grow! As the United States grows older its Capital will grow larger. Its future is unlimited. With intelligent and organized effort its development in a very near future would approximate its unparalled possibilities as one of the foremost cities of the country. No city in America has a more pressing housing problem than has Washington. No other city offers a more attractive in ducement to one who would own his own home. Investment in Washington real estate at present prices is a prudent investment. Real, estate prices are on the advance inquiry will convince the most skeptical. Rents will not be reduced. The only escape from high rent is through home ownership. As quickly as the public becomes educated to this indisputable fact realty will boom in Washington. ' An "Own-Your-Own-Home" campaign, along the lines sug gested by the Division of Public Works of the Department of Labor, if sponsored by the real estate men and backed by all the business interests in Washington, would be well worth while. PRE-WAR BUILDING WILLIAM A. HALL WILL ERECT BUSINESS BLOCK COSTS F IJIII E NOW D0N0H0E MOTOR CO. TO ENLARGE ITS QUARTERS Plans have been completed by the Donohoe Motor Company for the con struction of two additional stories on its present building at 215 Pennsyl vania avenue southeast. When the improvements are com pleted the concern will have a floor space of 18,000 square feet. The com pany represents the Ford Motor Company. WRITER SAYS PATRIOTISM DEMANDS EARLY BUILDING We'll MakeYour Roof Right That Will Make Your House Right! Have Your Little Jobs Done by Big Concerns and They'll Be Done Right! Roofing North 2044 A good roof marks the difference between a house and a shanty. It is essential if you are to live in the house most essential if you are going to sell. A few dollars spent on roofing NOW will add hundreds of dollars to the value of your property. C. H. Blackall, prominent Boston architect. In the current issue of the "Banker and Tradesman," submits some interesting facts In regard to. aciaying building and construction work. Urging the Immediate resump tion of building, he says: "There Is a very imperative neces sity for building now. We have a surplus of labor on our hands, ernw- ; ing larger every day. We simply must J take care of the labor and In no other way can labor be so widely and profit ably employed as in building opera tions. .So that, as a matter of pa triotic selfishness as well as of Indi vidual profit, there Is every reason for building now and no good reason for postponing." To be ucceaful lenrn to nave. Thrift Stamp and "War Saving ?'mpi itIH help you. ROSE BROS. CO. Roofing and Waterproofing Contractors 2120-22 Georgia Ave. Inc. $5,000.00 Bloomingdale Section A modern 3-story and cellar brick, 8 rooms and bath; heated by hot watr. mum be seen to be appre ciates $3,350.00 Near R. I. Ave. & 1st St. N. W. A cosj llttlr home. R rooms and bath, rrllnr. furnace heat, white neighborhood $3,150.00 Near Ga. Ave ami Columbia Rd. A colonial brick: 6 room and bath cellar, furnace heat IMME DIATE POSSESSION $2,000.00 One Square Pa. Ave. S. E. Nearly new 5-room nnd bath brick; colonial porch. Rood condi tion, convenient to nay yard POS SESSION $6,750.00 N. H. Ave. Near Park Rd. Colonial brick residence. 6 rooms and bath, hot -water heat, electric llKhts sleeping porch IMMEDI ATE POSSESSION Wm. H. Saunders & Co., 807 15th-St N. W. Commenting on the possibilities of a reduction in building and construc tion prices and in the wages paid to labor, Prof. Irving Fisher, noted.ccon omist of Yale University, said: ."To talk reverently of 1013-14 prices is to speak a dead language today." Ave are on a permanently higher price level and there is every indica tion that there is to be no immediate return to pre-war prices. Two Gov ernment departments the Labor De partment and the Commerce Depart ment working independently, have arrived at this conclusion. Both agree that to delay building projects in the hope that pre-war prices are 'again to prevail, is to jeopardize the business structure of the country and delay the return of prosperity. It is true that the Industrial Board of the Department of Commerce re cently announced reductions in steel prices. But it must be borne in mind that the steel industry is the ope that profited most from the demands of war and can best afford to make a greater reduction in present prices than may be expected in other indus tries. Return Impossible. It should be noted, also, that in making the steel reduction, the Com merce Department issued a statement saying "in view of the higher costs I developed throughout the world as a result of the war, a return to any thing like pre-war prices is regarded out of the question." Concerning the possibilities of a reduction In the prices paid labor In wages, the statement of the Commerce Department in announcing the steel ruling is illuminating: "It is fully understood and expected that the present wage rates or agreements will not be interfered with, the approved prices having this in view." All economists and practical busi ness men agree that currency condi tions are an important factor in pres ent prices. This cannot be admitted without admitting also that present currency conditions are an important factor in present prices. Money is just as cheap when it buys labor as when It buys steel or food or cloth ing, and those who talk of pre-war wage scales under present currency conditions ignore entirely the fact that we do not have pre-war dollars and we will not have them for many years to come. Understand Situation. Investigation of contracts on build ing and construction projects, let in February, 1019, produces convincing evidence that a majority of the con tractors and builders of the country have come to understand the situa tion. , , , 'When the contracts let in February of 19f3 and 1014 are revised to the basis of present construction prices and these figures are compared with the contracts let in February, 1919. the comparison shows that February, 1919, was better than 90 per cent of normal. Now that the Industrial Board of the Department of Commerce has added its testimony on the futility of delaying building and construction work in the hope of availing of pre war prices, reasonable expectation is that building and construction work will sHow a further approximation of normal. William A. Hall purchased from Dr. Richard A. Pyles during the past week the vacant lot at the southwest cor ner of Sixth street and Pennsylvania avenue southeast, and will shortly be gin work on the construction of a nodern building for business purposes. The lot has a frontage of twenty two feet and is ninety feet deep. It is one of the best business sites in the southeast section. The sale was made through John F. Donohoe & Sons. nniiiiiiiin m 2 ssBBftoaBs KN? .15 M Ml Tli ; ml,. m I .aV I W I He ' I 1 EL J-KEiJfe mmOdriss if I Bargains in Moderate I Priced Homes f Nearly new. strictly modern 8 room Colonial front brick homes on Staples and Orren streets K. E,: attractively finished, with js hardwood floors and mantels. electric lights, furnace and hot a water heat. Lot 20x82.3 to alley. Prices S3.950 and $4,100 Onlv $300 Cash Required and ' vrfk r mI $37.50 Monthly. Xear 13th & E Sts. Northeast. Snhittnntiallv hnllt hrick. con- alnlng 6 large rooms, bath, cel lar. Neat Hdme, at $2,630 'an Arrange' Convenient Terms. e Real Estate Editor, Washington Times: As I am leavinir the cltv for several months. I want to sub-let the apartment upon which I have a lease. Can you tell me whether this Is against the law. I took tho matter up with the landlord and he stated that he would revoke my lease If I sub-let the apartment. J. C H. Whether you can sub-let the apart ment depends upon the terms of the lease you have. Most leases provide that the property cannot be sub-let without the landlord's permission. If yours so provides, the landlord can re voke your lease immediately upon your sub-renting the apartment. If the lease is silent in regard to sub renting, then you can sub-let by bind ing the sub-rentor to the same terms under which you rent from the landlord. N'ear 14th & Pennsylvenia Ave. Southeast. 6 large rooms, bath; cellar un Jer entire bouse; good yard to llley. Price Only $2,600 $300 Cash ?30 Monthly Including AH Interest Allan E. Walker & Co., Inc. 813 15th St n. w. Main 426. m 1 ?VlKlMBWiasUBinBid3 g I 2 Sold This Week U Immediate Possession 17 to 27 Franklin St N.E. g Real Estate Editor, Washington Times. I have read conflicting reports concern- ( an apartment under the protection of thli act, I want to know whether It Is still operative or has really gone out of. exist ence. As I refused to meet an increased rent asked by the ownti of the house- T rented some time ago, am I now likely to be evicted? H. B. O. Final determination of the question of the constitutionality of the Sauls bury act is' now with the higher courts. However, the municipal courts are following the decision of Justice Gould, who has declared the Saulsbury act unconstitutional. ATTRACTIVE HOMES SOLD DURING THE PAST WEEK ATTENTION! Questions eoncernlnff realty, and rights of landlords and tenants will be cheerfully answered, without cost, by the Real Estate Editor of The Times. It Is not our Intention to take the place of your lawyer: if from the statement of your case we believe you should haro personal legal advice, you will be frankly so advised. If ther are any doubts in your mind concerning leases, purchases, estates, or any similar mat ter you are Invited to send a COM PLETE statement of your problem to us. Address your letter tor Real Es tate Editor, The Washington TImts. Tour name and address must be signed as an evidence of good faith, but we will not print it. If you so specify. mm Kzmwm wjr mSJSmm SSBBBBsf ' K HBBBSSsSBSBSBSBBBSSKsBBS lf BBBBBB SV SBhBbIHIBHbBbHssBBI B WBMM!3BMmWKm 6 rooms and tile faath, g gas and electric lights; ser- g heated garage. p( Ballt, Owned and For Sale by U Thos. A. Jameson I 59 N. Y. Ave, N. W. I 2g Phone North -403S Mrs. Margaret Peck has purchased from George A. Rccs. the modern, six room house at 133S Otis street, for a consideration in the neighborhood of 57.000. Robert E. Clark purchased during the past week an attractive bungalow at 5003 Thirteenth street. The nome was bought from Shannon & Luchs. N. L. Sansbury acted as agent for the purchaser. Two other homes sold through Shannon & Luchs include a detached house at Mount Rainier at 2200 Rhode Island avenue sold for Lawrence Hur ley to Mrs. A. B. Froley and a six room house at 122 Todd Place, eo'd for B. L. Packett to Sylvan Wittgen stein, who will occupy the premises as a home. IsT..TKjiisiHiEimiHxaHBiaiaHiHaiV&a:fnHiBrafKiB I dUBSlAmiAL HU1V1L3 Are the Cheapest in the End I 100 COMPLETE 3 S We do not believe a more beautiful group of homes has ever been built in. Washington. j I Big Living Room Big Dining Room Big Kitchen Big Outside Pantry Big (4) Bedrooms Two Tile Baths (shower) Large Attic Six Closets Vapor Heat Beautiful Open Fireplace Individually Designed Mantel Doable Floors Clear White Oak Floors Edge Grain Georgia Pine Floors Big Porches a BUY HOMES HEB.E. Frank B. Germon bought from Harry P. White, the six-room and bath house at 571G Thirteenth street. O. Albert Johnson, of Pittsburgh, sold the two-story, six-room brick house at 25T7 Tunlaw road to Dr. Henry C. A. Damm. 7 IH jrr g i ;;; ;tj & r-2i -EJ m it m iiiu-i m .- NEW PRESTON HOMES Ready for Occupancy Seven roms, tiled bath, attic, four bedrooms second floor. Hot-water heat, electric light, cement porch front and rear. Georgia Avenue and Decatur Street Opponttr .Saul'n Addition. Tito IIIoiUm from Fourteenth St. Hardwood floors, brick mantels: natural stone foundations: d-p lot to alley, large closets: laundrv tubs; servants' toilet. Location Highest Point IpD.t. Krasonabltf si lint and Keokuk Streets. tvSbm? Open Dally and rTO square Wwt of Connecticut Ave. fjIhLd fl On the High Uround Moderate Prices. Sunday. Boss &. Phelps, Inc., 1406 H St. N. W. Built by Mr. WlnHeld PrrMnn For Snle bj MAHORNEY & SULLIVAN 906 New York Ave. TeL Main 7821 Sec "llahoriicj &. SiillUuii Tliry Knon A aMhlngton." It Washington's Newest and Best" Wardman Park Hotel Connecticut Ave. and Woodley Rd. 15. minutes from Union Station; 10 minutes from Chevy Chase Club, Columbia Country Club and Kirkside Golf Club. 1,000 Rooms, Exclusively Furnished. Every Relinement and Appointment That the Fastidious Among You Who Are Travel-Wise Will Expect. Single Rooms, S4.00; Double Rooms, 56.00 per day. Only one price all over the house. Every Bedroom with private bath. Every Room an outside room. Restaurant Exemplary Cuisine Tea Room Tea Dances, 4:30 to 6 Supper Dances, 10 to 12 P. M. Harry Wardman, Proprietor. Henry Albert, Manager, Formerly The Homestead. Hot Springs, Va. UxcliiHlvc Agent ni" '' '' ' r Jr1 Jf.