This is a cool drawing that we found in the Library of Congress’ archives. It’s centered on the White House, showing the surrounding area around the 1850s (done in 1984). The bottom left side would be the Ellipse today and the top right is Lafayette Park.

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Isometrical view of the Presidents House, the surrounding public buildings, and private residences - 1984 (LIbrary of Congress)
Isometrical view of the Presidents House, the surrounding public buildings, and private residences – 1984 (LIbrary of Congress)

 

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • http://www.facebook.com/producercunningham Michael Cunningham

    Interesting that the Treasury Building used to face the White House.