This is a view from the building at the corner of 18th and Pennsylvania. It was taken somewhere around the 1920s.

Bird's-eye view of Pennsylvania Avenue west from 18th Street, Washington, D.C., showing the Department of Commerce
Bird’s-eye view of Pennsylvania Avenue west from 18th Street, Washington, D.C., showing the Department of Commerce
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Source: Library of Congress

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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    The photo seems to have been taken late in the afternoon on a bleak winter day. Look at all the coal smoke coming from the chimneys of various buildings.