Great View of Washington Monument from Georgetown

This is a terrific old photograph from the south tower of Healy Hall. It’s looking over the Potomac River toward the Washington Monument in 1890.

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View from the south tower of Healy Hall at Georgetown University, looking towards Washington, D.C., with the Washington monument in the distance
View from the south tower of Healy Hall at Georgetown University, looking towards Washington, D.C., with the Washington monument in the distance

Source: Georgetown University Library

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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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  • ak

    Are the roof and chimney of Key Mansion visible in the lower right quadrant?

  • Puiblius Washingtoniensis

    Yes to the question on the Key Mansion: the distinctive double chimney at the gable end identifies it. Other notable points: the little cottage at the end of Prospect Street, NW, was the home of Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, a popular novelist of the day. It was demolished in the 20th century and replaced by a brick house that was later used a “The Exorcist” house. Just across Prospect Street, on 36th, are three substantial Federal style townhouses. They were remodeled in the early 1960s by restaurateur Richard McCooey into one building, which is the 1789 Restaurant. Also noteworthy: Prospect Street ends just west of 36th in a deep ravine. At some later time, the whole ravine was filled in, houses were built on the fill, Prospect Street was extended, and the Glen Echo trolley line was built on the right-of-way.