Former Secretary of Treasury Enjoyed His Garden

December 7, 2013

The William Windom House has long since been razed, but in 1925, the ivy covered terraces and fences of this garden were still a lively green spot downtown. This photo was taken thirty years after the former Secretary of the Treasury’s 1891 death. Windom served as Secretary of the Treasury for two short lived terms (one cut short by resignation and another by his death) but spent plenty of time in Washington serving in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the latter half of the 19th century. The home’s location at 1723 De Sales Place is no longer a valid address, but there is a DeSales Street between L and M Street that runs between 18th and 19th Street NW. Furthermore, the building across the street from what’s now an office building and parking garage doesn’t look too different from the one we see behind the garden. (DC Curbed)

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