British-born Harry Wardman (1869-1938) was the most prolific residential developer in the history of Washington, DC; and possibly one of the most productive in the United States. His rags-to-riches story serves as an inspiration to anyone seeking their fortune in the New World. Arriving alone in the United States at the age of seventeen, he had become, by the age of thirty-five, one of Washington’s most respected developers, enabling him to borrow substantial sums of money to purchase large tracts of land on which to construct houses in numbers heretofore not seen in Washington. Wardman’s success lay partially in the fact that he served as both developer and builder, and often leasing agent, for his projects, resulting in the fact that he was responsible for more landmark buildings in the nation’s capital than any other developer before, during, or since his time.
Celebrating the Life and Buildings of Wardman in Washington, DC
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