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“Surratt Boarding House”

 
 
"Surratt Boarding House" Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. A. Pimentel, April 11, 2008
1. "Surratt Boarding House" Marker
Inscription.
A historical landmark
“Surratt Boarding House”
604 H Street N.W. (then 541)
is said to have been where
the conspirators plotted
the abduction of
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
in 1865.
Plaque by Chi-Am Lions Club

 
Erected by Chi-Am Lions Club.
 
Location. 38° 53.981′ N, 77° 1.223′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on H Street, N.W, one mile west of 6th Street, NW (U.S. 1). Click for map. The marker is located on the building facade, adjacent to the entrance of the restaurant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 H Street N.W., Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Surratt's Boarding House (here, next to this marker); Friendship Archway (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chinatown (about 500 feet away); The Northern Baptist Convention (about 700 feet away); The Daguerre Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Daguerre Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Church Terrell (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Roots of Freedom and Equality (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
View of the marker and building from across the street image. Click for full size.
By M. A. Pimentel, April 11, 2008
2. View of the marker and building from across the street
The site is currently occupied by the Wok N Roll Restaurant, which offers a mix of Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

The Wok N Roll restaurant is located in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC. It is about one block west of the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Station.
 
Regarding "Surratt Boarding House". Mary Surratt was tried and executed by the U.S. government for her part in the Lincoln assassination. During the assassination, Mrs. Surratt and her daughter lived at the H. Street home, rather than her home in Surrattsville (currently Clinton), Maryland.


The appearance of the boarding house today is markedly different than how it appeared during Mrs. Surratt's residence there. The entrance was originally at the second story.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mary Surratt. Details of the events surrounding Lincolnís assassination as related to Mary Surratt. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by M. A. Pimentel of Waldorf, Maryland.) 

2. Surratt, Mary E. Boarding House. (PDF) National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, David Maloney 2009. (Submitted on April 18, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Civil
 
Plaque by Chi-Am Lions Club<br>美京中美獅子分會 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2005
3. Plaque by Chi-Am Lions Club
美京中美獅子分會
Mrs. Mary Surratt house<br>between 1890 and 1910 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Mrs. Mary Surratt house
between 1890 and 1910
The Surratt house originally had an English basement with the main floor raised above street level. A storefront was installed on the first floor in 1925.
Suey Sang Lung image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, HABS
5. Suey Sang Lung
The H Street neighborhood became DC's Chinatown in the 1930s. This 1988 HABS photo shows the Surratt house after the closing of the Suey Sang Lung Chinese grocery. The National Landmark plaque can be seen on the right side of the building in this photo. Today, it's on the left of the building, now occupied by Wok and Roll.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by M. A. Pimentel of Waldorf, Maryland. This page has been viewed 10,444 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by M. A. Pimentel of Waldorf, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on April 22, 2017.
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