Snowden Ashford (1866-1927) was an American architect who worked in Washington, D.C.. He was born January 1, 1866, in Washington, D.C. Ashford was educated at Rittenhouse academy and at the Christian Brothers Roman Catholic school. He studied architecture at Lafayette college and, upon graduation, entered the office of A.B. Mullet, who had formerly been supervising architect of the United States Treasury. Ashford entered the District service in 1895 and became Washington's first municipal architect. The Washington Post characterized him as "Architect of the Everyday", and noted: "Ashford designed or supervised everything the District built between 1895 and 1921, including the North Hall at the Eastern Market. But he was most proud of his schools."
A number of his works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
- Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage, also known as the Berkeley Castle
- Eastern Market, Washington, D.C., 1908 expansion (North Hall)
- Alexander Crummell School, designed 1910, built 1913, Kendall and Gallaudet Sts, NE, Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- Military Road School, 1375 Missouri Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- Jesse Reno School, designed 1903
- Normal School for Colored Girls, 2565 Georgia Ave., NW., Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed as the Miner Normal School, built 1913
- Park View School, Washington, D.C., school built 1916, NRHP-listed
- Nathaniel Parker Gage School, addition designed by Ashford
- Duke Ellington School of the Arts
- Engine Company 12, 1626 N. Capitol St., NW, Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- Engine Company 17, 1235 Monroe St. NE, Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- Engine Company 23, 2119 G, NW Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- Engine Company No. 25, 3203 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave SE, Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- Margaret Murray Washington School, 27 O St., NW, Washington, D.C., NRHP-listed
- One or more works in D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District, between Silverbrook Rd., Lorton Rd., Ox Rd., and Furnace Rd. Lorton, Virginia, NRHP-listed
- "Snowden Ashford, Long Civic Leader, Dead in Hospital" The Washington Post, January 27, 1927, p. 9.
- Architect of the Everyday, Washington Post, November 6, 2005
- Rodney S. Collins (July 10, 1980). PDF (5.79 MB). National Park Service.
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