“William Windom house, 1723 de Sales Place, Washington, D.C., Terrace,” ca. 1925, four hand-colored glass lantern slides by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Johnston used these slides in her “Gardens for City and Suburb” lectures. (You can scroll through larger version by clicking on ‘Continue reading’ below.)
De Sales Place (now Row) is an alleyway between L and M Streets, N.W. (It connects 18th and 19th Streets.) The house is gone; an office building occupies the site.
The William Windom who gave his name to the home was twice Secretary of the Treasury, as well as a Congressman and Senator from Minneasota. He died in 1891. His son, also a William, may have been living in the house at the time of these photos. He died in 1926.
[We] usually learn that modesty, charm, reliability, freshness, calmness, are as satisfying in a garden as anywhere else.
— Henry Mitchell, from The Essential Earthman
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3 thoughts on “The Sunday porch: lattice and brick”
I think the little door is the entry to the coat shute.
I think you’re right, although I hate to think of coal dust in this pretty green and white patio.
These photos are like traveling back in time! I love the urban setting and all the thoughtful details in this 1925 city garden!