Built in 1911-12 by Harry Wardman, Wardman Row is associated with the most important builder/developer in Washington during the early decades of the twentieth century. Wardman's houses, apartment buildings, and hotels changed the appearance of Washington and, at one point, provided housing for over ten percent of the city's population. Therefore,
Wardman Row is identified with a builder/developer whose work influenced and significantly contributed to the development and architectural heritage of the District of Columbia. Wardman Row is an important and perhaps unique example of Harry Wardman f s housing for the middle class. Although more noted for his luxury buildings, Wardman T s fortune was made providing housing for people of limited means. This coordinated row is significant in the social and architectural evolution of the apartment building and as an important example of the majority of Wardman's work. Wardman Row has value as part of the development, history, culture, social and architectural heritage of the District of Columbia.
Harry Wardman's buildings were characterized by their solid construction, fine craftsmanship and attention to amenities. While most obvious in his more luxurious buildings, these features are also found in Wardman's Row, where solid masonry construction, elaborate and varied metal cornices, and plaster and wood decorative lobbies contribute to this handsome row. Wardman Row embodies elements of design, detail material, and craftsmanship which are significant to the District of Columbia.
Built 1911-12 (Albert Beers, architect)
Architect: Albert Beers
Developer: Harry Wardman
DC Inventory: December 21, 1983
NR listing July 27, 1984
Within Fourteenth Street HD