Where is This Parking Lot From 1937?

Hey GoDCers … where is this parking lot from 1937? Go ahead and click on it for a larger version. Put your thoughts in the comments below.

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July 1937. "Parking lot in Washington, D.C." Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.
July 1937. “Parking lot in Washington, D.C.” Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

Source: Shorpy

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  • libertyanne

    I’m curious..is this a guessing game or do you really not know. And if you don’t know the location how do you know what year it’s from?

    • JCF

      Look at the title of the pic:

      “July 1937. “Parking lot in Washington, D.C.” Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.”

  • Sheila Gilbert

    I have no idea where that is, but look at that spotless lot, and the clean sidewalks!
    I actually remember it looking like that back in the 50’s too !!!

  • ET

    This feels like NW but a bit closer downtown like Logan or Mt. Vernon Square with those multi-unit buildings. It looks like one of those wide alleys that have buildings that can house an entire building like the one sitting at the middle left.

  • Poshboy

    That crappy, squat two-story industrial 19th C. building on the left corner of the parking lot looks familiar, but of course I can’t place it. Georgetown, Columbia Road N.W. (Adams Morgan), just no idea.

    The rest of the buildings are so generic they could be anywhere in North America, let alone D.C. There’s no lettering, no company signs, nothing other than “Park Here” for a clue.

    What about that angled cornice on the back of the two high center buildings? Ring any bells?