IMAGE: 1909 Map of Friendship Heights



  1. This looks like it might be the corner of 15th and F, and that’s the Treasury Dept. building in the background. (It, too, has Ionic columns.)

  2. 17th St. leading down toward Farragut Square. Scott and Thomas Circles on Mass Ave are in the background. I work across from the Sumner School on 17th and M; it’s about the only building still left…

  3. Strayer College (Now Strayer University) is located on the top floor of the building t the left. It still has its home campus in DC.

    • The original Homer building (now a façade) is located on 13th Street. That was the original home of Strayer College in the ’60s.

  4. Look at the Google satellite view of the current intersection. There is vast open space there, as if they were considering building a future circle. A circle could still be built today without much trouble. All of the buildings are located well away from the intersection.

  5. Looks like the women are dressed in burkas.

  6. Popeye D. Saylorman

    They were very energy aware then as the low structure in the middle of the page is 3 solar panels mounted.

  7. Sort of a never-never land 19th century DC…. the Capitol has the expanded wings and the new dome (1863) but the Washington Monument is shown as complete, but in the original design, with the base colonnade that was never built.

  8. I sort have become a fan of the old knickers. They kind of grew on me. Its amazing how they stayed in fashion in one way or another since the 1400s up to the 1940s.

  9. The women in the background with the long black dresses look like walking death.

    • What “women” and what ‘background’ are you referring to?

      • Thank you for pointing that out. My thoughts exactly….what “women” and what “background”?

      • He posts the same thing on other grainy images, where you are lucky to make out even a large building. See “knickers” post above. I think it is intended to pique our curiosity that there is an even higher res image in the image. There ain’t. And no knickers either, sorry.

  10. Kathleen Franklin

    On of the interesting things about this photo is the windows. Look how many of them are slightly open. Bet that doesn’t happen these days.

  11. Why would we NOT want to see this today, perhaps as a major parade on Armed Forces Day?! We could really show up the Russians on their Victory Day Parade, and we could use it as propaganda of our own to counter North Korean military parades. We don’t need to include nuclear missile launches or anything of the sort, just showcase the fleets of various bombers and fighter jets overhead while we roll tanks, trucks, armored personnel carriers, and mine resistant armored vehicles down Pennsylvania Avenue with our Army, Marines, Reservists and National Guard marching along with them. What is wrong with showcasing our military and showing our appreciation?! The American public would gain a newfound respect in this awesome display once a year. Trust me, it is badly needed for effect, at home and abroad.

  12. Rosslyn looks so quaint.