German Roots in Washington
Saengerbund Ticket. The elite of Washington's German-American community held membership in the Saengerbund, which offered 'active' and 'passive' categories. This was and is a fun-loving, dedicated, creative as well as talented crew, as their event calendars have shown over the years.
The Washington Saengerbund Festival Day July 7, 1862
"The present home of the society is one of the finest occupied by any club in the city. It is the handsome brownstone front structure at 314 C Street northwest, having been recently purchased by the society at a cost of $15,000. . . .
"The building contains nineteen rooms, each of which is elegantly furnished throughout. Wide marble steps lead to the corridor and on the front door is a handsome plate bearing the name 'Saengerbund.' . . . The interior furnishings include large Bohemian crystal chandeliers, rare oil paintings, marble busts of famous musicians and a Steinway Grand square piano which cost $1,000. The hall for rehearsals is located on the third floor.
"The other part of the building is divided into many rooms appropriately fitted to the use of the Society, all elegantly furnished and complete in all their appointments. . . . Every night the rooms are filled with members of the club and their friends and the motto of the organization seems to be sing, eat, drink, and be merry."
The building was razed in 1931. The US Court for the District of Columbia now occupies the site of the society's long-time home in the old downtown.