1804 Kearney St. NE

What a terrific photo of a home in Northeast. This is 1804 Kearney St. NE.

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1804 Kearney St. NE in 1921
1804 Kearney St. NE in 1921

Check out the Google Street View of the same property today. It’s not a great angle because the straight-on shot has trees blocking it.

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  • Ever since I bought my own Wardman here in DC, I’ve been fascinated in the changes that people have made to the homes in DC over the years and wish I knew the thinking behind those changes. For instance, why on earth would anyone purposely remove that lovely front porch? When did they take those interesting plants out and why? I would find the story behind even something as mundane as that fascinating.

  • archie27

    here’s how it looked – porchless – in 2004, per the DC PIVS site:


  • DeltaBurke

    ??? why would someone remove the porch?

  • Audrey Burtrum-Stanley

    I am going to guess the reasoning for changes in this dwelling.
    This is a house in a declining neighborhood. As my G-ma would say:
    “Poor people have poor ways.”
    The roof may have rotted on the porch, the posts could have been damaged and the owner took it all out rather than do repairs. The smaller stoop w/steps may have seemed fashionable to people who believe chain-link-fences are attractive.
    When the big porch went, no one was educated about landscaping – the time it takes to get a plant to a large size or simply to buy and plant one! So they ripped them out too.
    This house (home?) has not been ‘enhanced’ over the decades, it has simply struggled to remain verticle. I may also have gone from a private residence status into being a rental property; No ne seems to care about rentals except getting the monthly check on time.