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Diana Parsell Writer

Eliza Scidmore Slept Here

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 now demolished)

David Atwood House, Madison, Wisconsin
Eliza Scidmore’s uncle David Atwood was editor of the “Wisconsin State Journal” and a VIP in Madison, where Mrs. Scidmore’s family lived. (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)


“Idaho,” Juneau, Alaska, 1887
In 1883, Eliza Scidmore traveled to Alaska aboard this steamer, the Idaho, which made monthly circuits along the Inside Passage. (Source: Alaska State Library)


Club Hotel, Yokohama, Japan
Eliza Scidmore lived for a while with her brother and mother next door to the Club Hotel, overlooking the harbor. Hotel Monterrey now occupies the site. (Source: MeijiShowa)


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.
Built in 1887, this apartment hotel at H and 15th Streets, N.W., was home to Eliza Scidmore at various times between her travels. (Source: postcard)


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)


Quai du Mont Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland
At the time of her death in 1928, Eliza Scidmore had retired to Europe and was living in an apartment in Geneva that faced Lake Geneva.   (Photo: Jacques Lasserre)


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. (Photo: Diana Parsell)




  1. EW on April 3, 2015 at 4:09 am

    The Stoneleigh Court apartment building in Washington, D. C. was actually located at Connecticut Avenue and L Street, NW, a block north of Farragut Square in downtown D.C. The apartments were taken down in the mid-1960s and replaced by a modernist structure in 1966, the Blake Building, which still stands today, taking the address of 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW. The trolleys pictured in the postcard are heading to and from Farragut Square.


    • Diana on April 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks for the correction! I found in another source, “Old Washington, D.C., in Early Photographs” (Robert Reed, Dover Publications, 1980), the same photo of Stoneleigh Courts, with address as Connecticut and K Streets. It seems clear from your info and the photo that it extended for whole block between K and L Streets, with the horseshoe center facing Connecticut Avenue. Pretty fashionable address, which tells me Eliza Scidmore was doing quite well as a travel writer at the time.

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