Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1913, Washington, District Of Columbia
REAL ESTATE CLASSIFIED ADS. WASHINGTON: SUNDAY, JULY 20, 1913. NEED OF NEW HOMES PROPERTY ON I STREET DESTINED TO BE CONVERTED TO BUSINESS. Apartment Problem Is Solved by Neighborhood Clubs. NEW YOBK SETS EXAMPLE Old Residence Sections Improved When Tenants Organize and Demand Mod- ern Dwellings in, Place of Ancient Blocks in North- west Depreciated. Neighborhood associations are being formed In New York upon lines and for purposes which probably could be fol- lowed advantageously by residents and property holders of certain sections of New Tork now has the Grammercy Neighborhood Association, the Greenwich Association, and the Chel- sea Neighborhood Association, all en- deavoring to Improve the sections of the city In which they are located. These sections are the oldest parts of the city, surrounded by business houses, and have for many years had no improvements which are now necessary for the wel- fare, health, and content of tenants. The most Important object of the as- Eoctatlon is the Improvement In the housing1 conditions. Washington, like New York tend all cities where the build- ing: activity changes from one section of the city to another, has many fine houses and buildings untenanted, which, wifh a proper care, could be made most desir- able for home purposes. Problem in Northwest. And of these sections of the city, the ftorthwest probably presents the greater" number of desirable rows of houses which a few years ago were the best residences of the city, but_which, through Che fickle change of economic conditions, hive been allowed to remain idle in many places, or In others to become oc- cupied by undesirable tenants, at a small rental. This has depreciated the value of the adjoining property, and, finally, of the entire blocks. In reference to this condition in New York, a condition though prob- ably not so serious, is duplicated In "Washington, a statement has been Issued by President Knowlton Durham and Sec- retary Arthur M. East, of the Chelsea] Association? as follows: Modern Homes "It is found that many families are Jnoving out of the district because they cannot find In It modern homes, and are unwilling to continua to live longer In the antiquated dwellings which are the rule in this neighborhood. There Is a large demand for modern living- quarters from people employed within walking distance of of work. This committee will ify to interest capital to butld for Invemment thoroughly modern flats and tenements." The need for modern apartments con- taining small suites of from'-foyr t'o five rooms is po- tion, of the. northwest section of Wash- TheBe four 1414, 141O, and' 1418 1 purchased during: the week. Josrph B. Bowline thronBh the offlce Salisbury Company. The former owner of the property, the Potomac Hlcittrle Power Company. one time Intended to erect Its general offices on the property. The property will within a Hhort time be Improved tor business. ington. There Is a strong demand for living quarters containing ordinary, im- provements. Many old-time residences have been some, extent to meet the demand, these alterations many times taking the form of throwing the upper'floors of the house Into a small apartment suite, and where this has been wisely done, providing running water and bathrooms, tenants.have been read- Uy found. But at best this is a-make- shift, and only otters accommodations to a limited number of persons desiring, to live there. Poorly Designed Remodeling. As example of poorly designed re- modeling is that of a large house in the IMstrict which has Been turned Into. about sfcc apartments. One of the apart- ments occupies a portion of two floors, the entrance to the apartment being from the-hall through a partition which does not reach to the ceiling, but which not only gives a view of a portion of the apartment from the stairs looking over the partition, but gives a'bad impression of cheap and temporary use. The room: which is to be used as a dining room Is large, and the -owner of the placed a bedroom In one corner, with partitions only about 7 feet high and with no outside window, f.the door and window in the bedroofft opefflng into tha dining rootu. And this apart- ment Is for the use of a' good class of tenants. "With the development of the outer sections of the city there should be a united effort to Improve the central sec- tions. In the central section there Is'a large demand for modest .apartments and dwellings which; are.modern.. Neigh- associations in Washington probably, could do much in wiping out certain undesirable sections of the city, which have become an eyesore owing'to lack of Improvements and also could in- terest capital to erect buildings, dwell- ings, and apartment, houses in the' cen-, tral portion of the city similar to those which are being rapjdly constructed be- yond Florida avenue. It is believed that there Is not-a ern apartment house, srftnoderate rates, below R street' arid west' of street which -is equipped with porches, an -improvement which Is-becoming more and more a great demand, by parents whp have small children. With the large number of citizens' associations In the District, some" constructive work along this line "would be productive of health and happiness to. many who are now living in undesirable and Incon- venient quarters anji also of a substan- tial steady income to thrifty investors.' With the buildings properly constructed, no apartment-should-remaltt vacant.- PLAN AN OFFICE STET7CTUBE.. E. S. Smith to Remodel Property at Twelfth -and G for J. De Moll. The property at the north west, corner of Twelfth and GV streets, which has been occupied "by the Fidelity- Savings Com- pany, is tb; be remodeled converted Into-a modern six-story office which will ,be occupied entlrelyifoyjO. J. De Moll Co.. the owner, and the plans: for: the .work have been in'ade.by Frederick ;B.. Pyle.i archi- tect. Tt Is expected that work on the building wUl bs! started at" once, and that It :wlll by.; the first of November.' .The lowering tof-.the. first, floor to level, tearing "but of partitions through- out the Installation of two-new elevators and new stairways, remodeling the exterior of the first down the rock-faced putting In show windows on both street frorits, a corner entrance, and an entrance- on Twelfth street. The en- trance will be the main and botli entrances will be under ornamental, marquises'.. New cornices are to be" around the top of the building and above the fifth floor. NEW SUBURBS OPENED Bon Air, in Alexandria County, Has Gity Conveniences. WATEB, PROM AETESIAN WELL Land Is Being Divided Into Little Farms and Macadam Streets Run Throughout Is Five Miles Di- rectly West of Washington, and Is Well Shaded. With tlie development of suburban land near Washington a new subdivision in AJexandrja county, Va., is attracting much attention from prospective home The division is known as Bon Air, and is located on two competing elec- tric roads and a steam road, making ac- cess to the city convenient. The prop- erty is situated 5 mtles straight west of "Washington, and is within the old limitK of the. District. The land lie.? about 400 feet above sea level, and Is well shaded throughout by evergreen and KXi'KNsi-; s.v. Kit MAKK IT AS ri 'MFTORTH- [i -nil1, i pl'-i-onstniriril tli-rp- div "it- ;t "i nrrod etrn't, near r two bathrooms, Termf. f-'" Balance '-i -nontP. -nrlth terest at ;bp of nrr cent An opportunity in tins fnisri- lonablc srciiou of tin hw In a modern home, at a comi'uratively tmail outlay. STONK FAIRFAX. 1S4D New Tork ave. 300 I street eouthwest; E. W. Riddle; builder, Bernard Leonard; J2.500. 3f. O. Bull, to build storo and dwelling at 2109 Rhode Island avenue northeast; architect, Merrill Vaughn; builder, W. A. Klmmcl; J1-.770. Mary F. Schiilz. to repair shop at 209 G street northwest, Fence for Ball Park. American -LeagTie baseball park, to build concrete fence at. Fifth street and alley north of V street north-wept; C. B. Mcrriok. to repair dwelling at 1302 N street northwest; Frank G. Carpenter, to repair dwelling at 1312 Eighteenth street northwest; Joseph Bush, to repair store and dwell- ing at 1737 Pennsylvania avenue north- west; JS50. Gordon Strong, to repair store at 1228 F street northwest; J32S. Mary Burns, to repair store at 909 isiana avenue northwest; J. S. Gruver, to build three two-story dwellings at 2103 N street and 'J437-39 M street northwest; architect, Ij. T. Will- iams; builder, Thrift Building Company; Jliddaugll Shannon, to build eight two-story dwellings at 40L'a-37 New Harnp- pMrft avenue northwest; architect and contractor, Middaugh Shannon; J30.000. Samuel Shapiro, to build eight two- story dwellings from 3012 to W2S Warder street northwest; architect. TMar inond; builder.