Firemen's Insurance Co. late 19th century

Firemen's Insurance Co.Firemen's Insurance Co. building

Then (top): Photographed ca. 1900, the Firemen’s Insurance Company moved into their new building at 303 Seventh Street, NW in 1882. The building was designed in a restrained Queen Anne style. Rather than using detailing common to the style, the building relies on volumetric complications which adapt well to the shape of the lot.

Then (bottom left): By the late 1960s, the building had lost many of its original features including the dome and cupola.

Now (bottom right): Beautifully restored, the building is now part of the 11 story complex visible behind it, which was begun in 1986 by the development firm of Farr-Jewett.

Here’s another image of the state of the building dating to the late 1960s, prior to restoration:

Firemen's Insurance Co. ca. 1970

Kent Boese posts items of historic interest, primarily within the District. He’s worked in libraries since 1994, both federal and law, and currently works on K Street. He’s been an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner serving the northern Columbia Heights and Park View neighborhoods since 2011 (ANC 1A), and served as the Commission’s Chair since 2013. He has a MS in Design from Arizona State University with strong interests in preservation, planning, and zoning. Kent is also the force behind the blog Park View, DC.