August 1, 2013

Southwest Washington, D.C. With South End Of L'Enfant Plaza In Foreground, April 1973

L’Enfant Plaza From the Air in 1973

L’Enfant Plaza has to be one of the most bleak places in D.C. It’ such a shame that an entire quadrant of the city was basically bulldozed to make way for the crappy urban renewal of the 1960s. Source: U.S....

advertisement for bricklayers in 1853

Help Wanted: Bricklayers for the Capitol Extension (1853)

This is so cool. Montgomery C. Meigs placed an advertisement in the Daily Evening Star on August 1st, 1853, exactly 160 years ago today. Meigs was seeking skilled bricklayers to help in the expansion of the Capitol Building. If you...