Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

View of Constitution Avenue NW looking towards Center Market, which occupied the northeast corner of 9th Street NW. Many produce stalls are visible on the northwest corner of that intersection and horse-drawn vehicles are on the cobblestone street.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Constitution Avenue View of Center Market

This is a cool old photo of Center Market. Source: Dig DC

The 1962 Congressional Baseball Game at D.C. (later RFK) Stadium. Phil on the left, Speaker John McCormick is throwing out the first ball and Minority Leader Charlie Halleck is standing to the Speaker’s left. In the background, you can see Senators’ Manager Mickey Vernon

A Personal Story

Phil Hochberg, Voice of the Washington Senators

Every once in a while, I get an email from someone who has an amazing attachment to the historic fabric of Washington. Not too long ago, I received one of those emails from Phil Hochberg. Above...

View looking west on New York Avenue NW from 13th Street and taking in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and the commercial buildings on H Street NW between 13th and 14th Streets. The time on the church steeple clock is 10:55 a.m.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photo of 13th and H St. at 10:55 a.m. on January 4th, 1931

This photo was taken precisely at 10:55 a.m. that day, according to the clock in the photo. Click on it for a larger, more detailed version. Source: Dig DC

View of 1736 I Street NW, a three-story row house that was the last residence of Jefferson Davis. Flanking each side of the structure are partial views of 1738 and 1734 I Street NW.

Other Cool Stuff

This is Where Jefferson Davis Lived in D.C.

Check out this cool photo of Jefferson Davis’s old home in D.C. at 1736 I St. NW. Unfortunately, like much of historic Washington, the building no longer stands. This photo was taken in 1913. Source: Dig...

Expansive view of Center Market taken from an elevated position on the northeast corner of Indiana Avenue and 7th Street NW. A statue of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock is prominnent on the right side of the image which also features pedestrians, streetcars, horse and carriages, bicycles, and automobile traffic.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Scene Around Center Market in 1913

What a cool scene from 1913. Source: Dig DC

View of a group of hikers walking alongside Rock Creek to the left and an embankment that leads up to the right upon which can be seen a row of buildings. Location is to the west and downhill from the 2800 block of Adams Mill Road NW.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photo of Rock Creek Hiking in 1916

Do you recognize this part of Rock Creek Park? If I’m not mistaken, it’s near the entrance to the National Zoo on Rock Creek Parkway. Source: Dig DC

600 block of G Street NW

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did Southwest D.C. Look Like in the 1940s?

This is a cool old photo from the 1940s showing the 600 block of G St, which doesn’t appear to be there any more, torn down as part of the tragic urban revival of Southwest. And...

1892 map of Logan Circle

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1892 Map of Logan Circle

Check out this awesome old map of Logan Circle (Iowa Circle then) in 1892. Source: Dig DC

13th and G St.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

What Did G Street Look Like in the 1930s?

Check out this amazing old photo of G St. at 13th St. in 1930. The photo was taken on May 25th, 1930. Source: Dig DC

1917 - State, War, and Navy Building

Notable People & Places

World War I Allies’ Flags Flying at State, War, and Navy Building

How cool is this old photo from 1917? The French, U.S., and British flags were flying from the State, War, and Navy Building. Source: Library of Congress

British Embassy

Other Cool Stuff

Beautiful Photo of the Old British Embassy

Here’s a terrific old photo from 1917 of the British Embassy, which was located at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW, just above N St. and across the street from the Starbucks today (everything is across from a...

1919 Dupont Circle

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Map of Dupont Circle in 1919

Check out this great map of Dupont Circle in 1919. At the intersection of Connecticut and N St. you can see what used to be the British Embassy. Source: Library of Congress

1858 plan of the Navy Yard

Faces & Places of Yesterday

1858 Architectural Plan for the Navy Yard

Check this out … it’s an old 1858 plan for the Navy Yard. Source: Library of Congress

No scare at British Embassy. Washington, D.C., June 18. Despite the tense situation abroad and talk of the fifth columns on this side no increase has made in the police detail guarding the British Embassy here. A solitary minion of the law still guards the majestic building

Lost History

Churchill Proposes Unifying French and British Empires to Fight Nazi Germany

Here’s a shot of the British Embassy before the U.S. entry into World War II. The photo was taken four days after Paris fell to the Nazis. Source: Library of Congress According to The Washington Post printed...

1810 Shepherd St.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

1950s Crestwood Home and Today

We came across this gem of a photo from the 1950s here. Check out 1810 Shepherd St. back then. And this is what it looks like today on Google Street View. Looks like the same paint...

Three men with bicycles on bridge near Pierce Mill, Washington, D.C.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Amazing Photo of Men Bicycling Near Peirce Mill

What an amazing photo this is from sometime between the 1880s and 1910s. I can’t quite tell the direction of this shot. I think it’s looking east toward Mt. Pleasant? Source: Library of Congress

view near Gravelly Point

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Aerial View Near Gravelly Point and National Airport

Check out this unique aerial view of the waterfowl sanctuary near Gravelly Point. Source: Library of Congress

Connecticut and N St. NW

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Pre-Great Depression Photos of Dupont Circle

This is the intersection of 18th, N St. and Connecticut Ave. in 1929 before the Great Depression. Source: Library of Congress And, here’s a shot of Florida Ave. and 21st St. Source: Library of Congress