Why were the 5 paired houses from 1419- 1431 Q st N.W. washington D.C. attached to each other by second floor corridors?

Asked by Househunt, Logan Circle/ Shaw, Washington, DC Thu Apr 12, 2012

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Miekeba Jones, Agent, Silver Spring, MD
Fri Apr 20, 2012
Hi Househunt, do you need help finding a home? Im in the Logan Circle/Shaw area everyday. I saw a house just like that on the 13th ST NW being renovated. It was joined by an upper level like walkway.
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Thu Apr 12, 2012
My guess--and it's only a guess--is that at one time they were all part of one rooming house. I know that's the case with other properties a few blocks away (in the direction of Massachusetts Avenue). And, most likely, that occurred shortly before or during World War II. There was a huge housing shortage in D.C. in the early 1940s and many properties in that general area were changed (or already had been changed) from single-family homes to rooming houses.

Here are some views of those rooming houses during World War II: http://www.estherbubley.com/owi_boarding_house_frame_set.htm

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http://www.loc.gov/pictures/related/?&pk=owi2001036084/P…

Hope that helps.
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