About Mary Surratt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Surratt
Then (left): Though photographed ca. 1900, the house (left) wasn't much different from when Mary Surratt ran a boarding house at 604 H. Street, NW. She became connected to the Lincoln Assassination because she rented rooms to John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators prior to the attack on President Lincoln. Image from the Library of Congress, Brady-Handy Photograph Collection
Now (right): The main entrances have been moved to the ground level rather than the second. While largely intact, there is not much of historical significance beyond the shell and the address. Currently, both the Surratt house and the structure to the west of it have Chinese food services on the ground floor.
Some relevant comments:
One of the great mysteries of D.C. is why this old house hasn't been acquired by the National Park Service and restored. Its history is not insignificant.
I can't believe that the Historical Society would allow a chinese restaurant to move into a building as important in history as Mary Surratt's home on H Street in Washington, D.C. Good grief, chinese food is not important but our American history is. It hardly resembles the same boarding house that it use to. I would just bet that the people leasing that building now do not know the history of it.
Mary Surratt's boarding house served as a nest/bed for the perpetrators of one of the most horrible crimes in all of American history. That that historic building should turn into a restaurant is a crime. It should be renovated, brought back to its appearance in 1865, then made a museum... It would/will be very well attended, to say the least.
Indeed, it is as if the U.S. government has plenty of people within it that would rather not highlight this piece of history revealing the extensive Roman Catholic involvement in the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.