Brown’s Court Garages – Washington DC

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The Alley Dwelling Authority (ADA) funded the construction of the Brown’s Court Garages in Washington, DC between 1935 and 1936. These were located on Brown’s Court SE, and were leased by a funeral home for some period of time.

Though there are several garages on Brown’s Court SE today, it is unknown to the Living New Deal if any of them are related to the original structures.

The ADA was one of the earliest New Deal initiatives to provide better housing for low-income Americans. It replaced unsafe alley dwellings in Washington, DC with more modern and affordable houses and apartments. The ADA existed from 1934-1943 as a federally controlled special authority. It then slowly evolved into today’s DC Housing Authority, an independent agency of the DC Government.

During the earliest years of its alley clearance activities, the ADA also created five facilities for automobile repair or parking. Brown’s Court Garages was one of these.

Source notes

Report of the National Capital Housing Authority, For the Ten-Year Period 1934-1944, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1945, available on Hathitrust (accessed July 14, 2020).

Report of the Alley Dwelling Authority for the District of Columbia, For the Fiscal Year July 1, 1936 – June 30, 1937, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1937, available on Hathitrust (accessed August 15, 2020).

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on August 16, 2020.

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Location Info


Brown’s Court SE
Washington, DC 20003

Coordinates: 38.8881386, -76.9978215

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