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George B. Loring Residences (78)

1521-1523 K Street NW
Constructed in 1879, demolished

U.S. Representative George B. Loring, Republican from Massachusetts, designated Cluss and Schulze as his agents in the building of a duplex in the fashionable K Street neighborhood.

Though Cluss and Schulze acted as agents for Loring, Cluss's son, "A. Cluss, Jr." signed the building permit application, suggesting that the 16-year old Adolph S. Cluss had begun working in his father's firm. (Note: Adolph S. Cluss died in 1886 on a trip to Indianapolis). Loring sold one of the houses, but retained the corner house for his family. Though he had houses in Boston and Salem, he told the Washington Post that he recognized Washington "as the finest city for a residence."

Loring served in the US House of Representatives from 1877 to 1881. After losing the election in 1880, he headed the Agriculture Department and served as U.S. Minister to Portugal.

Cluss's architecture influenced the nearby neighborhood. On K Street, from Thirteenth to Fifteenth streets, he designed two schools, (55) and (66), a five unit row house, (37), other single family residences, (39), (43) and (103). Within a block of K Street, he also designed a church (5) on Thirteenth Street, a duplex on Fourteenth Street (102) and a house (80) and a hotel (18) on Fifteenth Street.




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