A Picture History Of DC Housing Styles

We’re not entirely sure that all the build dates in this collection are perfectly correct, but that doesn’t diminish the charm and historical interest. Put together by RentCafe, apparently with images harvested from Google map’s street view, it gives quite a neat inside into the history of the rather traditional urban (and suburban) architecture we’re living with:

3 thoughts on “A Picture History Of DC Housing Styles

  • May 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Among other terrible problems with this list, the house they show as Rosedale is the house built in 2005 next to the Rosedale farmhouse. And the building permit for 47 D St. SE (listed here as having been built in 1776, when DC didn’t even exist) is from 1887. When it comes to the allegedly-18th-c. houses in this list, they’re just randomly making most of it up.

    • May 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Yes–that’s what I was hinting at. Some of the style descriptions are quite questionable as well. It’s still a nice collection to show off the kind of residential housing we have here, although it would be a lot more valuable with real data and with pictures of their own. I guess the will be left to us then. 🙂

      • May 19, 2016 at 9:19 am

        Wouldn’t it be lovely to do this with real data and real expertise? 😉

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