Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

White House stables in 1857

Rare Photo of White House Stables

Have you ever seen a photo of the White House stables? We haven’t actually come across one until we found this at the Library of Congress. How cool is this? The photo was taken by Lewis...

The White House at night

White House on a Snowy Night in 1907

Check out this great old photograph from 1907. It shows the North Portico of the White House after a winter snow on February 18th, 1907. Source: Library of Congress

Washington street

Can You Identify This Street from 1900?

Here’s an old photo from the early 20th century. Can you identify the block? Add your thoughts in the comments below. Source: Library of Congress

New Willard's lobby

Photos of the New Willard Hotel in the Early 1900s

Here is a great series of photos taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. They show the New Willard around the time of its completion in 1904.     Source: Library of Congress

1907 view of K St. bridge

Photo of Old 1907 Steel Girder K Street Bridge Over Rock Creek

Check this out. A much more bucolic and rural looking K St. over Rock Creek in 1907. Source: Library of Congress

Whittemore House in 1900

Photos of the Whittemore House in 1900

This beautiful old home is the Whittemore House (check out their website) on New Hampshire Ave. NW, just off of Dupont Circle. It still stands today as the Women’s National Democratic Club (check out their website)....

Great 1930s Film Footage of Washington, D.C.

Here’s a great film of Washington in the 1930s.

Franklin School in 1900

What the Franklin School Looked Like in 1900

Check this old photo out. It was taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around the turn of the 20th century.   Source: Library of Congress

V Drive - April 1919

1919 Photo of Treasury Department

Thanks to GoDCer Jim for sending this in via Facebook. His cousin Catherine has it hanging on her wall, and it’s a photo of the opening of the V Drive at Treasury on April 21st, 1919.

Film of 1968 Washington Riots

Here is an old film that we dug up at the National Archives. It’s from 1968, showing the devastation of the riots following MLK’s assassination.

Western High School in 1900

1900 Photo of Western High School (Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

Here’s an old photo of Western High School taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. The photo is from about 1900 and today, the building houses the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Source: Library of Congress

District of Columbia and the seat of war on the Potomac (1861)

District of Columbia and the Seat of War on the Potomac (1861)

This is an old Civil War map of the D.C. area from 1861. Source: Library of Congress

The Washington Herald - August 31st, 1919

Institute for Physical Development on E Street

Here are two old advertisements from 1919 that we dug up, featuring the Institute for Physical Development.  

Plat of Curtis & Burdett's subdivision of Carlin Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia : 260 ft. above sea level

Carlin Springs Subdivision Map from 1887 and 1890

Here is a map of the Carlin Springs subdivision in Alexandria, now Arlington County. Source: Library of Congress The above map shows the area south of Arlington Blvd. and east of S. Carlin Springs Rd. Check...

Carroll Hall

Fan Loses Eye; Struck by Puck at Uline Arena

How tragic. This reminds me of the horrible accident in 2002 when a girl was killed by a flying puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets game. This is the article we dug up in The Washington Post...

Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861, by D. McClelland, Blanchard & Mohun, Hugh B. Sweeny, and Thos. Blagden, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia.

Incredible 1850s Map of Washington

Now this has to be one of the best maps we’ve come across recently. It shows Washington in the 1850s, marking all the buildings, roads, and rural property owners. It’s really fascinating to see all the...

1888 map of East Capitol St.

1888 Map of East Capitol Street

If you live east of the Capitol, check out this map and see if you can find your house. The pink buildings are brick structures and the yellow are wood frame buildings. I’m guessing that a...

1903 Map of Judiciary Square and City Hall

Welcome to map week! We’re going to share a map every morning with the GoDC community. Check this great map out. It shows Judiciary Square as it looked in 1903 with the Pension Building (National Building...