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Laurence Stallings
(November 25, 1894 - February 28, 1968)

The Chastleton, 1701 16th St. NW, Historic Strivers neighborhood, DC.

Stallings was a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, literary critic, journalist, novelist, and photographer. Best known for his collaboration with Maxwell Anderson on the 1924 play What Price Glory, Stallings also produced a groundbreaking autobiographical novel, Plumes, about his service in World War I, and published an award-winning book of photographs, The First World War: A Photographic History. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Silver Star for his military service.

After the war Stallings had a "bad fall on ice," further injuring a damaged leg, which was amputated in 1922. While recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital he began the novel Plumes. He used an artificial leg and many years later had to have the remaining leg amputated, thusending his life as a double-amputee.

Stallings worked as an editorial writer for The New York World. He wrote the screenplay for The Jungle Book and Northwest Passage. He was later active in the Algonquin Roundtable.

He lived at this address while a student at Georgetown University.

Architect: Albert H. Beers. Year: 1920
The Chastleton was developed by Harry Wardman with 300 units on 8 floors.