911-919 New Jersey Avenue, SE
The row house is Washington’s quintessential building type, as the earliest type of non-governmental building erected here and still built today. The bulk of the city’s housing stock is composed of two, three, and four story brick attached and semi-detached buildings, in styles ranging from Federal and Italianate to eclectic Victorian, Colonial Revival and Modernist. These buildings are present in almost every District neighborhood. Due to the economic conditions and population shifts that occurred in the second half of the twentieth century, many of these row houses now stand empty and deteriorating. Many others have been modernized with inappropriate materials as their original elements decayed, resulting in widespread loss of historic integrity.