1800 Plan of Washington and Capitol Hill Lots

This map is a little difficult to see, but it’s a great old plan of Washington on Capitol Hill. The streets are laid out and the lots and marked. (To orient yourself, up on the map is west.)

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Plan of part of the city of Washington : on which is shewn the squares, lots, &c., divided between William Prout Esq'r and the Commissioners of the Federal Buildings, agreeably to the deed of trust / laid down from a scale of 200 feet pr. inch by N. King, 1800.
Plan of part of the city of Washington : on which is shewn the squares, lots, &c., divided between William Prout Esq’r and the Commissioners of the Federal Buildings, agreeably to the deed of trust / laid down from a scale of 200 feet pr. inch by N. King, 1800.

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  • I notice a glimpse of the original intent of L’Enfant. The ‘squares’ that appear were to designate land donated to each of the states for their own development, a quite ingenious way to build a capital city quickly. It would have also taken significant parcels out of the (immediate) hands of speculators. The plan for donating the land to states never materialized. It turned into a huge cluster-*%& for sure. The capital city could have ended up looking like Arlington.

  • Ellen Terrell

    Just a few blocks away from my house