Wardman in the TC

Saturday there is going to be a tour by the DC Preservation League (listed at the main inshaw.com page) looking at Wardman Row. Which is strange coincidence, because today, looking at 1900 census stuff I ran across a whole mess of Gloriuses or Glori. George Glorius was a German born florist who owned Square 519 (FL Ave, 4th & 3rd & R Sts) in the 1880 census. So after hitting another Glorius, I decided to look up dear old George in the Washington Post. I found in the October 22, 1902 (page 11) issue under “Real Estate Transfers” where a Glorius, George et ux and Mary Glorius sells lots 38 to 61, 64-66 to Harry Wardman for $35,500.
Addition: Found further down the list saw that Harry Wardman sold land back to George & Mary Glorious. Lots 44, 45, 50, 55 & 56 for $600 (subject to trust $14,000- what does that mean?) and 46-49 $20,150 (subject to trust of $12,150).

Green Fest this weekend

Over at the convention center is where I will be, for the Washington DC Green Festival. A day pass is $15 but I swear there was a discount for people who arrive by bike, but I can’t seem to find the catalog I got in the mail for the event where I saw such a mention. I’ll probably only do one day as I’m just curious to see what’s out there as far as energy conservation and organic food goes.
Also speaking of green check out the Treehugger‘s Urban Homestead vidcast/episode. The subject is the Path to Freedom homestead, where the front yard is 95% edible. A lot of stuff I was aware of but I was really surprised and slightly excited by their use of bio-fuels for the home. I usually associate bio-fuel with cars, of which I don’t have, but now I see a possibility of other uses.

Also happening this weekend is the Howard University homecoming. Think crowded streets. Think traffic as there are related events on/near U Street and New York Avenue. Note to rap stars attending the homecoming, this year don’t drive away from your bodyguards in your six figure sports-car only to have some guys try to rob you in traffic. Be smart about protecting the bling.


The weather has gotten a little colder and hitting the 30s. So I’m looking at the tomato plants and wondering if it may be time to cut them down. Also because I knew this dip in temps was coming sooner or later I gave in and paid a guy $160 to fix my pipe so I could use my radiators.

DC Preservation Legue Tour to hit Bates St.

From Jim:


On October 14, 2006, the D.C. Preservation League [DCPL] is holding its annual Wardman Row-House Tour. The bus leaves the National Building Museum at 10:00 a.m. and will drive through several neighborhoods in our area, including the Unit Block of Bates Street, N.W., to view our famous Wardman homes.

Since “company” will be coming to our neighborhood, Mary Ann Wilmer organized a recent effort to amend the tree-boxes in the Unit Block of Bates Street, N.W. Indeed, both she and her neighbors deserve major kudos for working together to pull off this major beautification initiative. I’m sure you have already noticed the beautiful chrysanthemums that adorn the tree boxes on this block. They are absolutely beautiful. It is really something how the introduction of these colorful plants to the environment has positively impacted the appearance of the block.

For those who are interested in participating in the tour, I commend the below information to you.


Jim Berry

Saturday, October 14, 2006
10:00am – 3:00 pm
Tour begins at the National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Judiciary Square Metro Station
Members $35; Non-Members $45
AIA CEC: 5 Credits

Tour Schedule

10:00 (Site #1) Depart National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW
10:15 (Site #2) N. Capitol & Bates St, NW – Philanthropic row house flats

10:25 (Site #3) 3rd St & Florida Ave, NW – Wardman row house flats

10:35 (Site #4) North Capitol St between Florida & Rhode Island avenues, Bloomingdale – traditional turn-of-the-century row houses.

2006 tour – Stops at 2200 block of 1st Street / Corner of 1st and NW for Wardman home tour