Where Is This? The Hidden Alleys of 1920s Washington

What a terrific old photo from 1923. We dug this gem up on Shorpy. Any idea where this was taken? Also, check out this photo of Chaconas.

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Produce wagon in city, 1923." One in a series of Harris & Ewing plates showing the alleys and backstreets of Washington, D.C. The subject here is a Chaconas grocery wagon.
Produce wagon in city, 1923.” One in a series of Harris & Ewing plates showing the alleys and backstreets of Washington, D.C. The subject here is a Chaconas grocery wagon.

Soure: Shorpy

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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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  • ET

    I felt that the spire was going to be the biggest clue. Thankfully someone in the Shorpy comments mentioned the Portland Flats. That led me to the following picture. Note the spire of the church. It seems to match the one poking up. Don’t know that I can get that much closer but that big multi-story building that is there may help a bit there.

    http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/2267/then-and-now-the-portland-flats/

    • Ben Fortney

      If that is the Portland (at Thomas Circle) then it’s a good bet none of those other buildings are still standing, most everything around circle has been redeveloped except for the Lutheran church.

  • Ben Fortney

    Thomas Circle at about the same time: http://ghostsofdc.org/2012/09/24/thomas-circle-1921/ – I’m assuming the photo is taken from the Portland itself.

    Thomas Circle Map 1888: http://ghostsofdc.org/2012/12/13/thomas-circle-map-1888/

  • jbcarron

    That is most definitely Portland Flats, which would make this pic from Green Alley. Great job to all!

  • Ben Fortney

    Same spot, 90 years later:
    (I’m in the neighborhood)