DIY Sleuthing: D.C.'s Building Permit Database
A few months ago I wrote in my column about Brian Kraft, the indefatigable computer whiz who spent seven years entering every D.C. building permit issued between 1877 and 1949 into a database.
His database isn't on the Web yet (there are plans to do that). But people researching the history of their house or any other structure in town can consult it in the Washingtoniana Room at the Martin Luther King Library downtown. Brian also offers occasional workshops on using the database. One of those is coming up on June 9th at MLK. If you're interested in attending, send an e-mail to Bruce Yarnallemail@example.com-- in the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. There will be two free sessions, one at 3 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m.
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