NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant, Architecturally Significant, Female, Journalists

Annulet Andrews
(December 29, 1863 - 1943)

Envoy Apartments, 2400 16th St. NW, Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC.

Was the pen name of the journalist Maud Andrews Ohl. Born into a prominent Georgia family, Ohl spent a short time in New York City before becoming the first newspaper woman and later a columnist at the Atlanta Constitution. She travelled as a reporter to Paris and London and contributed to various foreign periodicals before moving to Washington with her husband, the newspaper reporter, columnist and editor Josiah K. Ohl. They moved to New York and after her husband's death in 1920, Andrews returned to Atlanta.

Her work was published in The Cosmopolitan, Harper's, Lippincott's, Munsey's, and Puck. Her published books include a book about James McNeill Whistler: Cousin Butterfly: Being Some Memories of Whistler (1904), two novels: The Wife of Narcissus (1908), and Melissa Starke (1935); and one collection of poetry: Songs of Day and Night.

For many years the Ohls maintained a home in Cleveland Park. She lived here with her daughter in 1918.


Also earlier home of Francis Parkinson Keyes.

Architect: A.H. Sonnemann. Year: 1918
Originally built as a luxury hotel, the Envoy has marble columns and floors in the main lobby, gilded plaster ceiling moldings, and the original hanging chandeliers. Earlier names for the building were Meridian Mansions and Hotel 2400. Listed as a National Historic Landmark in 2010.