Lost Washington: Lowery House

Brick townhouse on the corner of Vermont Avenue (Courtesy Historical Society of Washington, DC)

Brick townhouse erected by James Lowery on corner of Vermont Avenue (Courtesy Historical Society of Washington, DC)

Once located on the northwest corner of Vermont Avenue and K Street, NW, the residential structure built in 1875-1876 was considered to be among the best residential addresses in Washington.

The mansion was erected by Archibald H. Lowery, a prominent local real-estate developer, initially as his own residence. It remained in the Lowery family during its entire existence, although it was rented most of the time. One of its first occupants was Wayne McVeagh, attorney general during the Garfield and Arthur administrations. Other distinguished residents included Mrs. Phoebe Hearst, and the Cornelius Vanderbilts of New York.

Lowery House Parlor

Lowery House Parlor

It was, perhaps, the most refined and cohesive Second Empire house in the city, and had a presence more calming with a refined dignity that didn’t exist in the Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne homes built a few years later in the neighborhood.

Upon the death of the Duchess de Arcos, born Virginia Lowery, the house was razed for a parking lot in April 1936.

Lowery House Library

Lowery House Library

Lowery House Dining Room

Lowery House Dining Room

Fireplace in the Lowery House

Fireplace in the Lowery House

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One Response to “Lost Washington: Lowery House”

  1. […] prominent men: Mary Elizabeth Woodbury married Montgomery Blair; Francis Anstris Woodbury married Archibald H. Lowery; and Virginia Lafayette Woodbury married Gustavus Vasa […]

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