It is one of 105 purpose-built multiple-family dwellings constructed in Washington, D.C. between 1880 and 1900 of which thirteen remain. The Jefferson is an early example of a Conventional Low-Rise Apartment Building. The building was designed to offer modest accommodations for Washington's middle-class.
The Jefferson Apartment Building, located at 315 H Street, N.W., was designed and constructed in 1899. This four-story plus basement and attic structure contains eight apartments, two units on each floor. It measures approximately 24' wide by 100' deep with light shafts. The building is faced with ocher roman brick with Indiana limestone trim. The facade is four bays wide and incorporates four horizontal divisions.
Built 1899, George S. Cooper, architect
DC designation February 21, 1990
NR listing September 7, 1994