The 18th Amendment banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol, but so what? For George Cassiday, the law didn’t stop him from selling spirits to two-thirds of the lawmakers in Capitol Hill. Cassiday was an underemployed World War I veteran who ran a bootlegging operation out of the House Office Building from 1920 to 1925 and out of the Senate Office Building from 1925 to 1930.
Now, the Hill East home of Cassiday, who is also known as "Man in the Green Hat," has listed for $649,900.
The two-story property comes with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms across 855 square feet. Inside, there is an open floor plan, two master suites with skylights, and a kitchen with a pantry and stainless steel appliances. There is also a front patio and a private flagstone patio in the fenced-in backyard.
The location of the home is only a couple blocks away from the Stadium-Armory Metro station.
• 303 17th Street SE [Redfin]
• John Kelly's Washington: Congress Winks at Prohibition in Bootlegger's Tale [The Washington Post]
• The Infamous House Bootlegger Known as the “Man in the Green Hat” [History, Art & Archives]