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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.

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Old State Department Building, corner 15 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue - photo taken during the Civil War

Photo of the State Department During the Civil War

We posted a great old photo of the old State Department Building earlier. Here’s another, …

  • Bilsko

    My guess is that it was taken from right about here: http://goo.gl/maps/ax8IP

    You can see the Foxhall Foundry just on the other side of the Canal on the left.

    • David Fielding

      What is Foxhall Foundry exactly? Not familiar with the building or history. At first glance, I thought that building was the Abner Cloud house (although it wasn’t likely painted white as it is today). So, the bridge in the background would be Aqueduct Bridge. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqueduct_Bridge_%28Potomac_River%29