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History

Our Story

A history that spans nearly 200 years; a mission that has nourished the hearts and minds of countless young women. Get to know more of TMH’s fascinating milestones, champions and successes. (Hint: Eleanor Roosevelt plays a leading role!)

1833: GRIEF & AN OPEN DOOR

Ms. Mary G. Wilkinson, while grieving the death of her daughter, recognizes a need. Young women, moving to Washington, DC, and seeking employment, have very few options for a place to stay. She begins small. She opens the doors of her own home at 230 East Capitol Street to two young women. But before long, her home doesn’t suffice. A new location is secured on Fifth Street NW.

1890: $1000 PER ANNUM.

TMH has relocated again; this time to 404 Sixth Street NW and is receiving an annual Congressional appropriation of $1000.

1887: A CONGRESSIONAL NOD.

Under the name “The Young Woman’s Christian Home”, TMH is chartered by Congress and incorporated.

1892: A TONY ADDRESS.

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Another milestone year; we receive our first large gift when Ms. Bessie J. Kibbey deeds her grandfather’s home to our Board of Trustees. The property, located in what at the time is a very fashionable part of the city, is expanded. An extra floor, new dining room, kitchen and dormitory are added to the home. We can now accommodate 50 residents.

1911: 75 BEDS.

We’re expanding again. Our Board purchases and renovates the residence next door at 315 C Street NW, meaning we now have room for 75 residents.

1931: DEDICATED SPACE

Life Member of the Board of Trustees - Mrs. Flora Markward - passes away, leaving $250,000 to the Home, with instructions that a memorial to her mother and husband be established. The result: A dedicated space, where young women can receive care while recovering from an illness or an operation is established at the home.

1931: A FINAL MOVE

The city, in planning to make C Street part of a Municipal Center, acquires our 315 address. The Board of Trustees purchases the lot at 235 Second Street NE; ground is broken in October on what will become our current property.

1937: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT & A NEW NAME

On April 27, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt visits the home for a dedication ceremony; the new convalescent wing is named Thompson-Markward Memorial Hall. The wing operates until 1938 when it is converted to regular dormitory space for residents. The entire building becomes known as Thompson-Markward Hall.

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022

Rules

Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.