From the Streets of Washington blog:
In January 1902, The Washington Post reported that General Anson Mills (1834-1924)—a Civil War veteran, inventor, and Washington resident—was planning to start work on a "mammoth nine-story steel-frame office building" on the southwest corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The general had paid over 100,000 dollars to acquire the prime construction site near the White House, and the distinguished building he put up on the site, completed in 1903, stood for more than 60 years, its life and death emblematic of an earlier era in the city's development.
Full article with numerous illustrations is at:
- John DeFerrari
[FYI--full text of Anson Mills' book My Story online here: https://archive.org/details/mystoryansonmill00millrich