1921 Map of an Undeveloped Del Ray

Check out this old map of Del Ray north of Alexandria from back in 1921. It’s amazing to see how undeveloped the area was. The yellow structures are wood frame buildings and the pink ones are brick.

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1921 map of Del Ray
1921 map of Del Ray

Here’s a map of the same area today.

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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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  • Your marker on the Google map is centered on Old Town Alexandria, not Del Ray, which is north of the railroad tracks.

  • Jay Roberts

    The following is from an historical marker in Del Ray.

    The Town of Potomac was formed around two subdivisions, Del Ray and St. Elmo. Other subdivisions followed through the 1920’s, but only one (Del Ray
    Section 2 by David N. Rust, Jr) was sold with houses.

    All the rest were sold simply as lots and the owners built their own houses, often considerably later than the land purchase. The result is a wide change of architecture that reflects the dynamic evolution of styles between 1894 and 1930, including Folk Victorian, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, Foursquare, and even row houses of various types. The presence of so many well-preserved styles within such a small area helped it receive designation as a state and national historic district.