Below is the Sanborn fire map for Washington Circle in 1888. It’s pretty amazing to see how many residential structures there are at the time. Not only that, but quite a few of them were frame structures (in yellow).

Sanborn fire insurance map of Washington Circle in 1888
Sanborn fire insurance map of Washington Circle in 1888
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Here’s the Google Map of the same area today.

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.