Mary Church Terrell House

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Mary Church Terrell House
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Mary Church Terrell House, July 2012, awaiting restoration
Mary Church Terrell House is located in Washington, D.C.
Mary Church Terrell House
Location 326 T St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′56″N 77°1′0″W / 38.91556°N 77.01667°W / 38.91556; -77.01667Coordinates: 38°54′56″N 77°1′0″W / 38.91556°N 77.01667°W / 38.91556; -77.01667
Built 1899
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP Reference # 75002055
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 15, 1975[1]
Designated NHL May 15, 1975[2]

Mary Church Terrell House was a home of civil rights leader Mary Church Terrell in Washington, D.C.. Terrell was the first black woman to serve on an American school board, in 1896.[2] She led the fight to integrate eating places in Washington, D.C., at age 86.[3]

Her home in the LeDroit Park section of Washington, DC was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975.[2][4] The building is a contributing property in the LeDroit Park Historic District. While the home looks as if an adjoining house was once adjacent to it, no house was ever constructed next to it. Her house was built to allow this but it never occurred.[citation needed]


Since the house has been unoccupied for a number of years, the condition was degrading and apparent to even a casual observer. In the summer of 2008 a restoration was started primarily supported in by a grant from the National Park Service Save America's Treasures program. Additional support include: Howard University, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, DC Office of Planning and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Based on outside observation, it appears the brick work was repaired and re-pointing, major structural problems on outside porches, windows support and trim were fixed, the roof was repaired and the windows were covered properly using plywood. Since this was finished in the Summer of 2009, no more work appears to have been done.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mary Church Terrell House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Mary Church Terrell House". Washington D.C. National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  4. ^ Marcia M. Greenlee (1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Mary Church Terrell House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1975 and undated (32 KB)

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