Harry Wardman has often been credited as the man who helped built Washington, DC. With his group of developers, he made over 2,000 rowhouses for middle-class workers in different neighborhoods like Columbia Heights, Georgetown, Takoma Park or Bloomingdale. Developers like Wardman profited from the growing need for affordable housing in the decades after the Civil War, at the time that settled the style of numerous houses, today so coveted.
The 2005 exhibition “Celebrating a Century of Wardman Row-House Neighborhoods” is a great resource (now online) to map the influence of this Englishman, who once claimed 10 percent of Washington’s population was living on one of his houses. In this illustration, a girl stops in her bicycle and looks at the houses on V St NW, in Bloomingdale neighborhood.
Remember this: IT’S ALL RIGHT IF IT’S A WARDMAN HOUSE.