Carrollsburg Dwellings – Washington DC

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Description

The Alley Dwelling Authority (ADA) and the United States Housing Authority (USHA) funded the construction of the Carrollsburg Dwellings in Washington, DC between 1940 and 1941.

Carrollsburg Dwellings continue as public housing today, but it appears that only a few of the original structures still exist.

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.

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).

Development / Hope VI: Arthur Capper / Carrollsburg Dwellings,” DC Housing Authority (accessed July 26, 2020).

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on July 29, 2020.

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Location Info


5th and M Streets
Washington, DC

Location notes: The six blocks bounded by 3rd, 5th, I, and M streets SE, Washington, DC

Coordinates: 38.878056, -77.000556

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