Lost History: Oak Lawn and an Aerial View Before the Washington Hilton

This is an aerial view of Temple Heights and Oak Lawn, the current site of the Washington Hilton, north of Dupont Circle.

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aerial view of Temple Heights in the early 1930s (Library of Congress)
aerial view of Temple Heights in the early 1930s (Library of Congress)

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  • What WAS Oak Lawn? (If I’m orienting myself correctly – is that Conn Ave. in the foreground, meeting S Street on the lower right?)

    • PeteyKay

      I think that’s Conn. Ave. in the foreground, and Columbia Rd. heading to the upper left. 19th St. behind the land and Florida Ave. on the right. T St. heading off in the 1 o’clock direction.

  • Braulio Agnese
  • 7r3y3r

    Anyone know why it was called Temple Heights? Or Oak Lawn? I’ve always wondered why the post office at T and Florida was called the Temple Heights Station.

  • Anon

    Most of the buildings pictured still exist. The Hilton and Universal Buildings are hideous. Though I’ve seen the images of FLW’s Crystal complex and am not a huge fan…I think they would have stood the test of time better than what was built.