The watercolor below was painted by Montgomery Meigs in 1850. It depicts a slightly more bucolic and peaceful life on K St.

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View from the 2nd story of the residence of Mrs. Comre. John Rodgers, Franklin Row, K Street at 12 & 13 Sts, Washington, D.C., overlooking the backyard and adjacent neighborhood, and showing children standing on balconies
View from the 2nd story of the residence of Mrs. Comre. John Rodgers, Franklin Row, K Street at 12 & 13 Sts, Washington, D.C., overlooking the backyard and adjacent neighborhood, and showing children standing on balconies

Take a look at a map of the area from 1888. This is the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of the area. You can see Franklin Alley in square 285.

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1888 map of Franklin Square
1888 map of Franklin Square

Also, we came across this old classified advertisement in the Baltimore Sun, published on Wednesday, December 8th, 1841.

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1841 real estate advertisement for Franklin Row
1841 real estate advertisement for Franklin Row

 

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.
  • John M

    Great post, Ghosts. Thanks for sharing this.