1909 Map of Southwest by the National Mall Tom Featured, GoDCers Love Maps Fri Mar 22nd, 2013 2 Comments It’s sad to think of all the nice homes that were bulldozed to make way for the “modern” Southwest quadrant. map of SW in 1909 Amazon.com Widgets email You may also like...L'Enfant Plaza From the Air in 19731872 Street Paving Map of WashingtonAd for National Cathedral School for GirlsMap of the Southwest Waterfront in 1909TONIGHT: CSX Community MeetingThe Hill Is HomePain in the Grass: New National Mall Regulations Force Big-Name Events Off the LawnWashington City Paper Site FeedPolo Grounds: 1909Shorpy Historical Photo Archive - Vintage Fine Art PrintsVicksburg Street View: 1909Shorpy Historical Photo Archive - Vintage Fine Art Prints Tags 1900s 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.) Thanks! 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.