St. Mary’s Court Apartments – Washington DC

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Description

The Alley Dwelling Authority funded the construction of the St. Mary’s Court Apartments in Washington DC between 1935 and 1938.

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).

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on July 25, 2020.

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Location Info


St. Mary’s Court
Washington, DC

Location notes: The block bounded by H, G, 23rd, and 24th streets

Coordinates: 38.898611, -77.051111

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