15th and G St. NW in 1911

View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.
View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.

I’m trying to make out where this is today. 15th, Pennsylvania, and G St. don’t really intersect. Can you help out and add your ideas below in the comments? I think we’re looking down Pennsylvania, to the left is New York Ave. and in the middle going away is G St.

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  • Alex Barriger

    My best guess: this is Pennsylvania, 15th, and E, with the open space to the right as the future home to Pershing Square, and later, Pershing Park.

  • ET

    I think the big open space is the Treasury space. G dead ends there where Old Ebbit is. There are some arched doorways that I think correspond – though there are differences on the second level – to a building that is still there – the Metropolitan Bank building on 15th.

    I found this from around 1922-
    http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a29880 – which has some similarities (the quality/angle is a bit of a problem) though I think an extra floor was added to the building on the corner. I also found something from 1910-20 – http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.00035
    – from a different angle that is 15th and G NW.

  • dbartramr

    Without question, the railing on the right is the entrance to the sunken courtyard in front of Treasury, New York Ave. leads off to the left and G street is in the center. The picture was taken on the north side of Pennsylvania Ave near Madison Place.

    • JHE

      I concur.

  • JRedd

    I agree as well. I work at the opposite end of this block but all a part of our firm’s building — our address is 1440 New York Avenue, originally built in 1927 and refurbished in 1987 (when my firm — Skadden Arps — first moved into the building). I wish I could remember the name of the 1440 building — I’m at the opposite end of the block (700 14th Street) which is the Commercial National Bank Building. I can tell you — one of the most awesome views of the City is on our rooftop!
    The decorative molding of the tall building is similar to the molding that now decorates our 1440 Building. Of course, to building at right (575 15th Street, NW, I believe) is the entrance to Old Ebbitt Grill.