Rare Aerial View of Washington in 1911

This is a photo that we haven’t seen before. It shows most of downtown D.C. in 1911 as seen from the air. Click on it to see the amazing details.

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Circa 1911. "Washington from Washington Monument." Points of interest in this panoramic view include B Street (today's Constitution Avenue), running diagonally from the Potomac Electric powerhouse at lower left; Louisiana Avenue, branching off in the general direction of Union Station at upper right; the Old Post Office and its clock tower at left-center across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Raleigh Hotel under construction; the Agriculture Department greenhouses in the foreground with a corner of the Smithsonian "National Museum" at far right, just below Center Market; Liberty Market at upper left, below what looks to be a vast tent encampment; and, at right-upper-center, the Pension Office north of Judiciary Square and the District Court House. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
Circa 1911. “Washington from Washington Monument.” Points of interest in this panoramic view include B Street (today’s Constitution Avenue), running diagonally from the Potomac Electric powerhouse at lower left; Louisiana Avenue, branching off in the general direction of Union Station at upper right; the Old Post Office and its clock tower at left-center across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Raleigh Hotel under construction; the Agriculture Department greenhouses in the foreground with a corner of the Smithsonian “National Museum” at far right, just below Center Market; Liberty Market at upper left, below what looks to be a vast tent encampment; and, at right-upper-center, the Pension Office north of Judiciary Square and the District Court House. 8×10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Source: Shorpy

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  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    Strange feeling looking at this pic. If I didn’t know better I would swear on a stack of bibles that I remember when DC looked like that. Very strange.