Cooke's Row

In its park-like setting, Cooke's Row forms and impressive series of large scale, formal Victorian mansions.

These villas are of brick and are to be painted some warm mellow tint and sanded. The walls are open, with a 3-inch air space from the bottom of the cellar to their tops, thus securing a dry house in wet weather, and warm one in cold weather and cool one in warm weather. All the exterior decorations, except the main cornices, will be formed of fancy moulded bricks, similar to the dressing of the Theological Seminary in Fairfax County, Va., which was designed and built by Mr. Starkweather of this firm just before the Rebellion.

The outline of these superb residences is varied and picturesque while the details are constructed and arranged in a manner displaying great skill and refined taste in art of design both as pertains to grace and ease of outline originality, novelty and effective beauty in detail; but also great economy of outlay, a very important item in the District. These houses cannot be surrounded and hemmed in on either side and they adjoin the beautiful and picturesque grounds of Mr. Henry D, Cooke who is also having constructed by the same gentlemen one of the most spacious and elegant mansions this side of Philadelphia."

3013 and 3015 Q Street are numbers three and four respectively of Cooke's Row located on the north side of Q Street between 30th and 31st Street and with the party wall approximately 205' along Q Street from the center line of 30th Street. The two and one half story brick double house has an 48' street front (south) and a depth of the 19th century portion of about 73'.

The basic plan of each half of the "cottage villa" is a simple row house type with full depth stair hall at the party wall, and along the side a series of rooms staged from more public at the south to less public to the north. The 12' tall first floor contains a parlor, a sitting room, a dining room, a butler's closet and a kitchen addition.



3027 Q Street, Northwest