Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated author Roald Dahl. GM has mentioned before about how Dahl lived for a short time in Georgetown (and supposedly painted the family jewels of the Dumbarton Bridge buffaloes white). But he didn’t mention where he lived. And that address is 1610 34th St.
Dahl was an ace fighter pilot for the British during World War II, operating mostly in Africa and the Middle East. While recovering from lingering health issues stemming from a crash, Dahl was appointed as an assistant air force attaché in Washington. And he lived at the above address. According to an article in the Post: “Dahl shared the two-story brick rowhouse on 34th Street with another attaché from the embassy. According to one biographer, the fledgling writer would work during the evenings after watering his tiny garden, pouring himself a whiskey and listening to music.”