Though DC is known for its abundant museums, another way to learn about our history is through our homes. District properties are made in a number of iconic styles, and while we may know the physical characteristics, it’s helpful to know the history as well, especially when buying or selling.
One of the most prolific residential developers in our city’s history, Harry Wardman (1871-1938) helped cover our city with many of the iconic row houses that still stand today, often dubbed “Wardmans.”
Why Wardmans Are Valuable
Not only are Wardman-built homes carrying an infamous name tag, but they are also known for ample interior space, sturdy construction and materials, and exceptional design. In real estate, agents often label replicas as “Wardman-style” to capitalize on this value.
Where They Are Located
How To Find Out if Your Home is a Wardman
Because of the associated value, it’s important to know whether or not your home or listing is an authentic Wardman. While some homes may be easier to identify than others, a good place to start is WardmansWashington.com, where a database of Wardman homes can be found. Other helpful resources are the Washingtoniana Collection at the DC Public Library, and HistoryQuest DC, which provides an online building permits database.
Photo courtesy of WardmansWashington.com