1909 Map of Southwest by the National Mall

It’s sad to think of all the nice homes that were bulldozed to make way for the “modern” Southwest quadrant.

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map of SW in 1909
map of SW in 1909

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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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  • DCDC

    This is helpful – it explains why the Dept of Agriculture building doesn’t come to the corner at 12th & Independence – they must have been accounting for Virginia Ave, which was later eliminated. I’ve been curious about this, since the building is so regular and symmetrical otherwise. (The cutaway corner later made a perfect location for the entrance to the Smithsonian Metro station.)

  • Ted Coltman

    This plate covers an area that must have been bulldozed long before the 1960s-era “urban renewal” or “slum clearance” projects that we associate with “the ‘modern’ Southwest quadrant” — USDA South, Bureau of Engraving and Printing buildings and a variety of other US Government buildings are among what occupy these blocks today. Echt “modern Soouthwest” — most of the residential buildngs (both town houses and apartment blocks), Waterside Mall and most of L’Enfant Plaza — are in blocks to the east and southeast of this plate.