View of 17th St. and Renwick Gallery in 1918

In the distance, slightly blurry, is the Renwick Gallery. It’s been under renovation for a really long time, but it should be opening again this fall.

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Washington, DC street scene on 17th St. near the White House, looking at
Washington, DC street scene on 17th St. near the White House, looking at

Source: Library of Congress

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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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  • ET

    In the 1918 directory Littlefield, Alvord & Cop had a main office at 15th and Penn NW (1009) with a plant at 26th between D and E I think and a branch office at the B&O Freight station. The president was Elijah S. Alvord – MH Acheson was the VP/treasurer, and HW Acheson was the secretary. In the 1922 directory Elijah S Alvord Jr worked there. They did wharfage, stevedoring, storage and hauling.