NW Quadrant, West of Rock Creek, Woodley Park, Architecturally Significant, Female, Genre, Showbiz

Temple Bailey
(? – July 6, 1953)

The Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St. NW, Woodley Park neighborhood, DC.

The author of 27 books of fiction, Bailey became famous in the 1910s and 1920s for romances starring spunky women protagonists. Many of her short stories first appeared in national magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, The Smart Set, Cosmopolitan, McClure’s, Woman’s Home Companion, and Good Housekeeping.

Three of her novels became best sellers: The Tin Soldier (1918), The Dim Lantern (1922), and The Blue Window (1926). One novel, Contrary Mary (1914), was set in Washington. Two were made into motion pictures: Peacock Feathers (1924), and Wallflowers (1927). In addition, Bailey wrote the screenplay for the silent film Auntie (1914).

Architect: Joseph Abel
Year: 1930
Although the Shoreham is, let’s face it, a perfectly hideous high rise hotel building, it is notable for the large entry lobby, which cascades in steps across the length of a building to culminate in a panoramic view over Rock Creek valley.