Washington Square and Washington Ward were planned and subsequently constructed out in 1790, and of course were proudly titled after the Revolutionary War general and first president, George Washington. The square is bordered by East Bryan, East St. Julian, East Congress and Houston Streets. It is one short block from East Broad Street, the eastern boundary of the first form of the city.
There are a number of intriguing, marvelous, and surprising homes on this square. Virtually every home on Washington Square and the immediately surrounding streets has been owned by a person or family of historical interest or has some unique attribute, such as having been moved from another location or rebuilt in the late 1900s in order to preserve it.