Here’s a great photo from November 1942. It’s from the Chevy Chase Ice Palace.

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Chevy Chase Ice Palace, Washington. D.C. Couple doing fancy ice skating (Library of Congress)
Chevy Chase Ice Palace, Washington. D.C. Couple doing fancy ice skating (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.
  • Marty C

    Great picture. Chevy Chase ‘Ice Palace’ was at the strip mall on Connecticut near Van Ness Metro. DC’s only indoor ice skating rink from 1938-1950 before WMAL took over the site with its TV studios.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.b.crowley Stephen B. Crowley

    My mom and dad grew up in the neighborhood – they said that in their teens the place in your photo was a roller rink as well. In the mid-60’s if you lived in the neighborhood and wanted to go ice skating, the Woodley Park Hotel on Connecticut Ave. just a block uptown from Calvert Street had an ice rink as well – we lived up at Connecticut & Tilden and my sister skated there a lot. I believe actually that it was called The Sheraton-Park Hotel at that time.