NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek,, Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle, Shaw/Logan Circle, Architecturally Significant, Civil War Era, Journalists

Ambrose Bierce
(June 24, 1842 – Unknown)

The Olympia Apartments, 1368 Euclid St. NW, Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC.

Journalist, poet, short story writer and satirist, Bierce lived in DC from 1899 through 1913, renting at four different addresses. While in Washington, Bierce completed his Devil's Dictionary (1911) and his word usage compendium Write it Right (1909).

Bierce served in the Union army during the Civil War, then began his career as a journalist. He is perhaps best remembered for his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." He published twelve books during his lifetime, a combination of essays, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. In October 1913, he left DC for a tour of his old Civil War battlefields, then traveled to Mexico to observe Pancho Villa's army during the Mexican Revolution. He was never heard from or seen again.

In The Devil's Dictionary, he defined a "Washingtonian" as "A Potomac tribesman who exchanged the privilege of governing himself for the advantage of good government. In justice to him it should be said that he did not want to."


Architect: Albert B. Morgan.
Year: 1898
The Olympia Apartments are part of DC’s first apartment corridor, built near the 14th Street streetcar line. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

18 Logan Circle NW, Logan Circle neighborhood, DC.
1825 19th St. NW, DC, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC.

El Dorado Apartments, 1321 Fairmont St. NW, DC.
Links

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "A Good Opinion of Bierce"