Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Meridian Hill Park in 1976

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now it’s getting back to being a great place to spend some time...

Georgetown waterfront

Very Different Georgetown Waterfront in 1920s

This photo of the Georgetown waterfront was probably taken in the 1910s or 1920s. You’re not going to see any drunk Georgetown students wandering around in this one. Source: Library of Congress

Connecticut Ave. Bridge

1911 Postcard of Connecticut Avenue Bridge

One of our original readers, Ben, sent along a link to a great Flickr collection of D.C. postcards. You have to check them out. Below is one of our favorites, showing the Connecticut Avenue Bridge, looking...

north side of F St

1910s Photo of F St Between 6th and 7th

Here’s a shot of the area around Gallery Place today. This is looking at the north side of F St. between 6th and 7th. Source: Library of Congress

Washington Monument

Help Identify Date of Washington Monument Photo

Okay GoDCers, here’s a challenge for you. Ken sent this in a while back and wanted some assistance on dating this photo. He’s guessing sometime in the 1920s, but maybe someone out there in our community...

National Cathedral under construction

Early National Cathedral Construction Photos

Check out this great series of photos of the National Cathedral under construction. Most of these photos were taken between 1932 or 1933.   Source: Library of Congress

11th & Penna. Ave. Post Office Dept., Evening Star Building

1920s Photo of 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue

What a cool street scene on Pennsylvania Ave. This was taken some time in the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress

Logan Circle

Logan Circle Aerial Photo in the 1920s

Here’s a photo of Logan Circle, probably some time in the 1920s (though it was named Iowa Circle until 1930). Source: Library of Congress

Union Station under construction in 1974

Union Station Reconstruction in the 1970s

Check out this photo of Union Station being rehabilitated. Thankfully they saved it instead of knocking it down like they did so many other beautiful old buildings back then (i.e., look at everything in L’Enfant -…...

Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park Being Built

Meridian Hill Park was largely the vision of Mary Foote Henderson. So, we have her to thank for the great park sitting at the crest of 16th and Euclid with a sweeping view of the city....

Blair House

Photo of Blair House Around 1918 as Private Residence

Blair House is shown in the photo from around 1918, when it was still a private residence. It wasn’t purchased by the government until World War II, in 1942. Source: Library of Congress

Little Girls Playing Next to West Wing

Times sure were different. You’re never going to see something like this again, but at the time, the White House was fairly accessible. The photo below was taken in 1938 and shows two young girls playing...

Early photographic view of Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill, looking northwest

Amazing 1860s View from Capitol Hill

We can’t remember if we’ve posted this photo in the past, but it’s such a good one, that it doesn’t really matter. Source: Library of Congress

Amazing 19th Century Photo of the White House

How cool is this old photo? Check out the White House as it looked in the late 19th century. It appears to be a view of a much more tree-laden southern view of the mansion. Source:...

Riggs Bank and The Department of Justice in 1888

Here’s a cool old photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston showing Riggs Bank and the Department of Justice. Source: Library of Congress

Crack shot of White House police force. Washington, D.C., Aug. 10. Outstanding marksman of the White House police force is Roland Ford, today averaged 294 bullseyes out of a possible 300 while shooting in competition with marksmen from other agencies in the Treasury Department. Forty-eight experts competed for medals and cup for themselves and their services in the friendly matches, 8/10/37

Roland Ford: White House Police Officer and Crack Shot

We came across this photo of White House police officer Roland Ford in the Library of Congress archives. Source: Library of Congress We did a little digging to see what we could find on Roland. According...

Beautiful 1857 White House and Conservatory Photo

Whoa. This one is amazing. James Buchanan was the president when this photo was taken — unless it was early that year, then it was Franklin Pierce. Source: Library of Congress The conservatory was eventually demolished...

Hay-Adams house

Rare Photo of Hay-Adams House in 1888

This is a photo taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston of the original Hay-Adams house. Source: Library of Congress