National Society Daughters of the American Colonists
In 1958 members
were asked to donate $1.00 each to serve as a larger nucleus for our Headquarters Fund. Mrs. Howard Whipple Green was asked
to Chair a Committee to stimulate interest in the Headquarters and begin the quest to raise sufficient funds to purchase a
The 1959 General
Assembly voted that the Headquarters Committee and the Executive should be given permission to act in the event a suitable
property was found.
sought the advice of Mr. Tigh Wood, Administrator of Rent Control during World War II. He was knowledgeable regarding DC real
estate and known to the National President, Mrs. Carrigan.
was needed in the properly zoned area of the city proved impossible. Mr. Wood decided to show the Society 2205 Massachusetts
Avenue, N.W. Although not zoned for use as an office, Mr. Wood believed that the proximity to the Chanceries and Embassies
along Massachusetts Avenue might make a variance in the zoning possible.
of the National Society visited the house and all approved. Mr. Wood made arrangements for us to take an option to purchase
the property. Mr. Wood and Mr. Bernstein, the owner at that time, both offered to assist us in procuring the variance. The
option called for a purchase price of $52,000.00.
was submitted to the District of Columbia Zoning Board. During this waiting period, Mrs. Carrigan tried to make arrangements
for the financing. American Security and Trust Company turned us down when we applied for a loan.
Fadley, a Vice-President of Riggs National Bank, was a friend of the Carrigan family. During an accidental meeting on a bus,
this exchange occurred: He jokingly said, "Well my friend,
anything I can do for you?" I said, Yes, please
loan me $25,000.00." He looked surprised, but told me
to bring my husband and come down to the bank. I explained what I wanted the money for.
came away from Riggs National Bank with a loan of $25,000.00 at 3-1/2% interest. That happy news was overshadowed by the next. The zoning exemption was denied. The delay caused
the purchase option to expire. The Society was especially anxious to have this property as it was in an area with a most interesting
history. It was known that SAR had Headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue. An inquiry to the SAR revealed that they had had a bill introduced
in Congress giving them the right to use their property. Mr. Tigh Wood was a friend of Congressman Walter Rogers of Texas. At his request, Congressman Rogers introduced a Bill providing
for the Society to occupy the property they had purchased. He introduced H.R.11952. Members urged their Representatives to
vote for the Bill, and some of us in the City attended the hearings. It was the last day the Congress was in session before
the summer recess. Congressman Rogers presented the Bill and it was passed on July 2, 1960. [written by
Jacque-Lynne Schulman from the NSDAC history and other sources]