Cox's Row

One of Georgetown's finest examples of Federal period architecture, Cox's Row was built around 1805 to 1820.

The Cox for whom this row of elegant Federal houses is named was Colonel John Cox, a very successful merchant and real estate owner born in 1775, who also served as Mayor of Georgetown from 1823 to 1845. Quite the dandy, he married three times to women of prominence. He earned the rank of Colonel in the War of 1812. His neighbor, Francis Scott Key, who composed the song that would become the national anthem during that war, lived just two blocks away at what is now M and 34th Street.

Cox's Row is unique in that the houses are set back from the street, creating "door yards," and leaving little space for rear gardens. The severity of the Federal facade is relieved by exquisite dormers and leaden swags in recessed panels.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
Within Georgetown Historic District



3327‑3339 N Street, NW