Tenleytown Neighborhoods & Subdivisions  - American University Park

Kitchen – before renovation
after renovation

4520 River Road (The Hilleary T. Burrows House)

The Hilleary T. Burrows house is located across 46th Street from Fort Bayard. Its construction predated the opening of 46th Street.

The design for this house, according to the building permit, was taken from a picture in a pamphlet of H. Galloway Teneyck designs. Pamphlets of designs, or pattern books, were often published by nineteenth century architects. This is the only documented example of a pattern book design in AU Park.

Hilleary Burroughs owned the public livery stable in Tenleytown that provided the “herdic” bus service from the village to the new subdivision, a service that left some patrons unsatisfied. He had a varied career including occupations as diverse as lawyer and well digger! In the late 1890s when the American University campus was being laid out, he worked as a contractor moving dirt and grading the site.

Though they share a surname there is no evidence that Hilleary Burrows and Samuel Burrows were related. Tenleytown was home to several unrelated Burrows/Burroughs families.

When the current owners purchased the house, it was in need of extensive renovation. The exterior was stripped to its original siding and later interior alterations were removed while period details were retained where possible and duplicated where damaged beyond repair. Mechanical systems were replaced and the interior improved to reflect twenty-first century needs. The Hilleary T. Burrows House was listed in the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites in 2001. In 2005 the owners, Todd and Monte Corbett Monash, received a District of Columbia Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for their sensitive restoration of the property.