Smith’s Storage Co., Currently the Ellington Apartments Location

This is the Smith Transfer and Storage Company, formerly at 1313 U St., where the Ellington Apartment Building sits today. This photo was taken sometime between 1910 and 1920.

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Smith Transfer and Storage Co., 13th & U Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Smith Transfer and Storage Co., 13th & U Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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  • jbcarron

    Really cool photo. Especially the trees that really don’t exist along U Street today. Isn’t this still a storage facility? I though the Ellington apartments were on the other side of the street.

  • Ron Symmons

    The building is still there on the south side of the street. The Ellington is further down on the north side of the street.

  • John Solberg

    Smith’s Transfer & Storage was still around into the 1970’s…their slogan was “Don’t make a move without calling Smith’s.” I went to school with one of the Smith children.