|4205 Military Road, NW, as seen in the Sears Catalog|
Hugh M. Sterling applied for and was granted a building permit for 4205 Military Road, NW on October 19, 1922, although the street was known as Keokuk Street at the time. He indicated that the house was designed by the Sears, Roebuck & Company, and I later determined that it is the model coined The Alhambra. Sterling estimated its construction cost as approximately $7,000.
|Pictured in 1986|
At the time of the application to build 4205 Military Road in 1922, Hugh Sterling resided at 723 Euclid Street, NW. He was listed at that address as a single, 50-year-old roomer in the 1920 census. Following its completion in 1924, the Hugh and his new wife Lillian moved into the house at 4205 Military that Hugh had built himself.
Sterling was listed in the 1930 City Directory as a lawyer, specializing in patents, with an office address of 906 G Street, NW, in rooms 600-602. It was also known as the McGill Building. They would continue to own and live at 4205 Military Road until 1960.
Hugh and Lillian Sterling also enjoyed a farm in Hampton, Virginia that he purchased upon his retirement. Hugh Sterling died in December of 1953 at the Emergency Hospital. He is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery. Lillian Sterling continued to reside at 4205 Military road until it was sold as part of her Last Will & Testament on March 10, 1960.
Copyright Paul K. Williams