Zalmon Richards House

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Zalmon Richards House
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Zalmon Richards House is located in Central Washington, D.C.
Zalmon Richards House
Zalmon Richards House is located in the District of Columbia
Zalmon Richards House
Zalmon Richards House is located in the US
Zalmon Richards House
Location 1301 Corcoran St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′42″N 77°1′49″W / 38.91167°N 77.03028°W / 38.91167; -77.03028Coordinates: 38°54′42″N 77°1′49″W / 38.91167°N 77.03028°W / 38.91167; -77.03028
Built unknown; purchased by Richards in 1882
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP Reference # 66000866
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]

The Zalmon Richards House is a historic house at 1301 Corcoran Street Northwest in Washington, D.C.. A Second Empire rowhouse, it was home from 1882 until his death of Zalmon Richards (1811-199), founder of the National Education Association. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][3] It is a private residence.

Description and history[edit]

The Zalmon Richards House stands in Washington's Logan Circle neighborhood, on the north side of Corcoran Street NW between 13th and 14th Streets. It is at the right end of a series of Victorian brick row houses which line the street. It is 2-1/2 stories in height with a raised basement, and a mansard roof providing a full third floor in the attic level. The main facade is three bays wide, with the entrance recessed under a round-arch opening in the leftmost bay. On the first floor, the right two bays are taken up by a polygonal wood-frame window bay with a bracketed roof. Second-floor windows are set in segmented-arch openings crowned by a decorative hoods with drip moulding. The right wall of the building has a projecting oriel window with styling similar to the front bay. The building's builder and construction date are not known.[3]

The house was purchased in 1882 by Zalmon Richards. He was by then already prominent in education circles, serving as founder and first president of the National Teachers Association, now the National Education Association. Raised and educated in Massachusetts, Richards embarked on a teaching career at the age of seventeen, and organized teachers at virtually every major posting he held. This work culminated in the founding in 1857 of the National Teachers Association. Richards lived in this house from 1882 until his death in 1899, and taught in one of its rooms.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Zalmon Richards House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Blanche Higgins Schroer and Steven H. Lewis (March 2, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Zalmon Richards House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1965 (32 KB)

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