The Arts Club of Washington property-encompassing the Timothy Caldwell, Caldwell-Monroe House at 2017 I Street, NW, and the General Robert Macfeely house at 2015 I Street, NW is of social, architectural and local institutional significance.
Each property has been associated with distinguished figures in American political, military and social history. Further, the Federal style Caldwell-Monroe and Victorian style Macfeely designs are important examples of 19th century American architecture. Ownership by the Arts Club of Washington has brought new significance to the property through association with an important Washington cultural institution.
These two properties, located in square 78 of the earliest plats of the Federal City, share significance in terms of their earliest ownership and their prominent location along the ceremonial Pennsylvania Avenue that links Georgetown with the President's House. These lots were originally part of a patent to Anthony Holmead for a Montgomery County Maryland farm (locally designated the Widow's Mite) which had subsequently been divided into lots by the time the District of Columbia was formed in 1791.
Caldwell-Monroe House; Timothy Caldwell House
From 1877 to 1909 this was the home of Cleveland Abbe (1838-1916), a prominent meteorologist known as the father of the U.S. Weather Service (NHL designation)
built 1802-06; altered 1881 1929, 1963
DC listing November 8, 1964,
NR listing March 24, 1969,
NHL designation May 15, 1975; HABS DC-84
General Robert MacFeely House
2015 I Street, NW
Built c. 1860, altered 1881, 1929
DC Inventory: May 18, 1983
NR listing September 15, 1989