Where Was Griffith Stadium?

This is cool. I’ve had a few questions over the years about Griffith Stadium, and specifically, where it stood. We dug up a map from 1921 and it gives a great perspective on the ballpark and surrounding neighborhood.

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map around Griffith Stadium
map around Griffith Stadium

Source: Library of Congress

Take this map above and match try and match it up to the images of Griffith Stadium at the bottom. The map will allow you to orient yourself and see where the stadium was situated. The Soldiers Home on the right is not part of the contiguous map. It’s actually slightly north and east of the stadium.

When you start looking at the map and the photos, it gets really interesting. You can make out the neighborhoods, buildings that were demolished, and those that remained. Pretty interesting right? For those of you who don’t know, the ballpark was situated where Howard University Hospital sits today, just east of Georgia Ave. and north of Florida Ave.

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Now, here are some photos of the stadium to study and match up to the map.

Griffith Stadium from the air
Griffith Stadium from the air
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Griffith Stadium
Griffith Stadium
Griffith Stadium
Griffith Stadium
Griffith Stadium in 1960
Griffith Stadium in 1960
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right field at Griffith Stadium between 1909 and 1932
right field at Griffith Stadium between 1909 and 1932
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Griffith Stadium
Griffith Stadium
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looking towards the infield from right field
looking towards the infield from right field
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Griffith Stadium illustration
Griffith Stadium illustration
panoramic view of right field
panoramic view of right field

 

View from stands w/ Howard University in background (1950s)
View from stands w/ Howard University in background (1950s)
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1958 game between Yankees and Senators
1958 game between Yankees and Senators

We also came across a site dedicated to the long-lost stadium. Check it out here.

About Tom

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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