In my research for a biography of Eliza Scidmore, I’ve tracked down various places where she stayed. She was quite a vagabond, so there were many. Some are pictured here (most are now demolished).
Atwood-Buck House, Madison, Wisconsin
On visits to see family in Madison, Wisconsin, Eliza Scidmore stayed at times with her cousins at the home of her uncle David Atwood, founding editor of the “Wisconsin State Journal” and a local VIP. (Source: Wisconsin State Historical Society)
Georgetown Visitation, Washington, D.C.
Eliza Scidmore got her early education at this Catholic convent school in Washington, which opened in 1799 and still operates today. (Source: Library of Congress)
Steamer “Idaho,” Juneau, Alaska, 1887
One her first trip to Alaska, in the summer of 1883, Eliza Scidmore traveled aboard the steamship “Idaho.” It’s shown here at dock in Juneau in 1887. (Source: Alaska State Library and Archives)
Club Hotel, Yokohama, Japan
Eliza Scidmore and her mother stayed at times at the Club Hotel in Yokohama when visiting Eliza’s brother George in the 1880s. (Source: International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
Brunswick Hotel, Boston
This popular hotel in Boston’s Back Bay, where Eliza Scidmore and her mother vacationed at times, drew a fashionable clientele. (Source: Library of Congress)
Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Eliza Scidmore stayed on and off at this Washington hotel, at H and 15th Streets, N.W., between long stretches of traveling. (Source: Streets of Washington website)
1837 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Eliza lived in this house after the turn of the century (view is from around the corner, on 19th Street). The American writer John Dos Passos later lived there. (Source: Library of Congress)
Stoneleigh Courts, Washington., D.C.
In the early 1920s Eliza Scidmore lived in this luxury apartment building at Connecticut Avenue and L Street, N.W., where her neighbors included many eminent people. (Source: Library of Congress)
Foreign General Cemetery, Yokohama
Eliza’s final place of rest is in a cemetery in Yokohama where her ashes were deposited at the gravesite of her mother and brother. They share a headstone, at lower left. (Photo: Diana Parsell)