What Did Southwest D.C. Look Like in the 1940s?

600 block of G Street NW
600 block of G Street NW

This is a cool old photo from the 1940s showing the 600 block of G St, which doesn’t appear to be there any more, torn down as part of the tragic urban revival of Southwest.

And a few more photos below.

Street, row houses and corner store on the east side of the 600 block of G Street, looking north toward F Street. People walk and socialize on the sidewalk. Men carry a door.
Street, row houses and corner store on the east side of the 600 block of G Street, looking north toward F Street. People walk and socialize on the sidewalk. Men carry a door.
Street, row houses and Block's Market on the north side of the 300 block of G Street SW, Washington, D.C. between 3rd and 4th Streets. People walk and socialize on the sidewalk.
Street, row houses and Block’s Market on the north side of the 300 block of G Street SW, Washington, D.C. between 3rd and 4th Streets. People walk and socialize on the sidewalk.
Houses at the northwest corner of 2nd Street and G Street SW, Washington, D.C. Other houses and people socializing are visible in the background.
Houses at the northwest corner of 2nd Street and G Street SW, Washington, D.C. Other houses and people socializing are visible in the background.

We found all of these great photos via the cool new project called Dig DC by the DC Public Library.

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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  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    Google maps shows the then 200 year old tree at 627 G St sw is still there and aging well