Happy Sunday. Below is an amazing photograph, taken around 1880 from the top of the U.S. Capitol. The view is southeast, down Pennsylvania Ave., toward the Anacostia River. It includes a block of five homes at 1st and A St. SE, built around 1800 and razed in 1887 to build the Library of Congress.

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view southeast from the U.S. Capitol
view southeast from the U.S. Capitol

Thanks to the Library of Congress for this amazing shot.

  • firecoalman

    I wonder what that collection of stele-like objects would be in the left foreground. Anyone know?