Can You Identify This Street from 1900?

Here’s an old photo from the early 20th century. Can you identify the block? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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Washington street
Washington street

Source: Library of Congress

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  • FireDoug

    Let’s start with the obvious? Was there a Washington St in 1900?

  • Joey_BagsDC

    Looks like East Capitol Street looking east.

  • Edward (Ted) Coltman

    It doesn’t look wide enough to be East Capitol street

  • Joey_BagsDC

    Hey Ghost of DC, any update on the location of this picture? I’m assuming the caption “Washington Street Shade Trees” on the photo does not actually refer to the location of the photo but a generic name for the photo.

  • publius washingtoniensis

    It’s an east-west street looking west in early spring, taken after Boss Shepherd’s grading and paving projects. Obviously a quality neighborhood, maybe Q or R Streets NW, anywhere between 10th and Florida Avenue. On the other hand, it could be a street that has changed from residential to commercial, and has become unrecognizable, say, H, Eye, or L Streets, NW, anywhere between about 12th and 20th.

  • R Schultz

    New York Avenue