George Washington's Houses Plaque

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    Bronze on Granite
    Gift of District of Columbia, placed during George Washington Bicentennial, 1932
    Capitol Plaza fountain terrace

    After serving as private homes to successive owners, the houses became hotels and were in greatly altered condition when they were razed in 1913.

    Text of the Plaque:

    HERE WERE THE LOTS ACQUIRED ON
    OCTOBER 3, 1798
    BY GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON
    AND ON WHICH HE BUILT
    TWO BRICK DWELLINGS
    FROM DESIGNS BY DR. WILLIAM THORNTON
    A DWELLLING REMODELED FROM THE TWO
    DWELLINGS WAS OWNED AND OCCUPIED BY
    ADMIRAL CHARLES WILKES
    THE FAMOUS EXPLORER

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