There is now tarp over the black house's facade and bright orange stickers were plastered on the doors of the yellow, black and fuscia colored houses. The other day I ran into someone I knew who lived around there and was more familiar with the history of those houses. It seems about 10 years ago the yellow house caught on fire and wasn't really repaired right. Then the person who owned the yellow house tried to sell it but could not. Maybe the rear deck, which a friend of my source said was wobbly, may have frightened away buyers. Anyway the owner, not being able to sell, rented it to students. So my source believes it was poor maintenance on the yellow house's part that took the other two houses with it. Townhome owners your houses are connected by more than that party wall.
We also talked about the condos in the structure on 5th and R, and the interior looks crazy. Like they have no clue as to what the heck they are doing crazy.
Absolutely unrelated DCMud has some architectural drawings related to the WonderBread factory on S Street.