Mar 12 2011
We’ve been working on modeling Notley Young’s Mansion. There is very little information other than the footprint that appears on the 1794 King Plat (above), and a very small hand drawn image of the house on the John Frederick Augustus Priggs’ 1790 map (below).
But neither of these images match the written descriptions of the mansion, nor do they show that a chapel may have been attached to the house.
Notley Young was a Catholic and at that time in Maryland, Catholics were persecuted. It has been suggested that the chapel was not drawn on the King Plat for those reasons. Perhaps that is why the small addition on the South East side of the mansion is not clearly defined. Is it a porch? Kitchen? Chapel?
There are a few leads to pursue, but it appears likely that we will have to make an educated guess as to how the mansion looked. For the time being, the mansion is modeled and awaits comments and vetting. The unknown addition on the SW side has been added to match the footprint on the King Plat, but it’s just a foundation waiting for more clues as to its purpose and looks.
Please send us comments or guidance. Following is the information we have uncovered online so far.
Written Descriptions of Notley Young’s Plantation and Mansion:
The Mansion and Family of Notley Young, by George Henning, 1912. This is published in the Records of Columbia Historical Society of Washington DC, pages 1-24. This contains a very complicated description of an addition that was on the SE side of the house. The exact time period is not clear.
The Development of the Catholic Church in the District of Columbia from the Colonial Times Until the Present, by Margaret Brent Downing, read before the Columbia Historical Society, February 21, 1911. This mentions that there was a chapel in Notley Young’s Mansion.
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc. Fun Facts: On this Spot. This mentions that there was a chapel attached to Notley Young’s Mansion.