Thursday, March 5th, 2015

1840s

Proposed design for Smithsonian Institution Building by John Notman, north front elevation. It is a Gothic design with three stories, a central tower/cupola, crenellated embattlements, and symmetrical wings. The design was submitted for the competition sponsored by the Building Committee of the Board of Regents, December 23, 1846

What a fascinating old drawing from 1846. This is the proposed design for the Smithsonian Castle, Source: Smithsonian Archives

Baltimore Sun - November 12th, 1845

Here is an old classified advertisement from The Baltimore Sun, printed on November 12th, 1845. In the ad, you'll see some interesting property for sale,...

David L. Yulee (U.S. National Archives)

We came across some interesting history while digging through the rabbit hole that is Wikipedia. David Levy Yulee, of Florida, was not only one...

video

Here is an interesting video that we found, showing a collection of really old photos of D.C. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyjhT0Z0g9Y  

Palo Alto Hotel and Saloon - September 19th, 1899

Source: DC Public Library Above is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr. The saloon above is the famous old Palo Alto Tavern,...

Washington, from the presidents house: vue de Washington, prise de la maison du president / Washington vom hause des prasidenten gesehn

This is a great print from 1848, showing the view looking south and west from the White House. Source: Library of Congress Update: Oops, the comment...

Chain Bridge at the end of the Civil War (Library of Congress)

It's probably obvious to GoDCers where Chain Bridge Road gets its name. There is a bridge that connects the eponymous road on the D.C....

Kalorama estate after the fire in 1865 (Library of Congress)

"Kalorama" is a Greek word meaning "fine view." It's also the name given to one of the finest neighborhoods in Washington. Here is a quick...

Sam Houston

The United States annexed Texas in 1845 and Sam Houston was elected with Thomas Jefferson Rusk to become the Longhorn State's first two Senators....

Drawing shows stables in the foreground and view of the city of Washington from southeast with the United States Capitol on the right, the White House in center background, and the Smithsonian castle and Washington Monument on the left.

Here is a painting of Washington from the late 1840s or 1850s, done by Augustus Köllner. The view is from an angle south of the Capitol,...

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