The Lafayette

The Lafayette Apartment Building is one of DC's earliest remaining apartment buildings.

Constructed in 1898, this four-story, twelve-unit apartment building is one of 105 purpose-built multiple-family dwellings constructed in DC between 1880 and 1900. Today, only thirteen such buildings remain. The Lafayette illustrates late-nineteenth century architects’ efforts to use Queen Anne motifs in atypical expressions to accommodate urban settings.

Following the design of architect George S. Cooper (1864-1929), The Lafayette is among the city’s earliest extant apartment buildings. It features a simplified Queen Anne facade reflecting an effort to incorporate accepted stylistic values into affordable middle-class housing. Individually, and as a group, Cooper’s apartment buildings represent significant changes in DC’s pattern of residential preferences.

DC Inventory: January 17, 1990
National Register: September 7, 1994



1605 7th Street NW