Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

1954 Maryland football

Guest Posts

The 1950s Were The Glory Days for Maryland Football

Source: University of Maryland So long ACC. Hello Big Ten. The University of Maryland’s final game in the Atlantic Coast Conference Saturday, a 41-21 win at North Carolina State, brought back vivid memories of the 1954...

Proposed design for the completion of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Lost History

Unbuilt Proposed Design for Washington Monument (1877)

Check out this cool proposed design to finish the Washington Monument. Construction didn’t restart on the unfinished monument until 1879 after Congress appropriated another $200,000 to complete it. Below is one of the proposals on the...

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Oldsmobile Crossing Boulder Bridge in 1920

Check out this terrific high resolution photo from 1920. It shows an Oldsmobile just after crossing Boulder Bridge on Beach Drive. Source: Library of Congress

The Dunbar Hotel, located on 15th street between U and V streets NW. Designed by Clement A. Didden, Jr. the hotel had 485 bedrooms. Demolished in 1974. Automobiles are shown on the street, pedestrians on the sidewalk, and a gas station with a "Texaco / Amoc / Sinclair" sign. "Ansco Safety Film" edge imprint. Negative uncaptioned.

Lost History

Lost History: Dunbar Hotel at 15th and U Street

This is a series of photos that we found at the Smithsonian. It shows the Dunbar Hotel, a building that used to sit on the northwest corner of 15th and U St. Sadly, this beautiful building...

Other Cool Stuff

Girls Baseball Game on the Mall

This is a shot of some ladies playing baseball on the Mall. Yes, baseball … not softball. The photo is dated October 10th, 1919. Source: Library of Congress

model of proposed White House changes

Lost History

Fascinating Unbuilt Expansion of the White House (1892)

During the administration of President Benjamin Harrison, there was a push to renovate the Executive Mansion, bringing it up to the elegant standards of European castles. This was to reflect the growing importance of America and...

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photo of Lower Georgia Avenue in 1870s

Here’s a great photo that we found on Park View DC. Of course it wasn’t called Georgia Avenue then, so read up on the history of the road too. Check out their post to read a...

boarding houses in Washington (1940)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Help Identify These Boarding Houses (c. 1940)

GoDCers, we need your help. Where is this? The photo was sent in by Ben this week and we’d love to help him identify the location. I’m guessing that there’s a fifty percent chance they still...

A 1901 design for the memorial bridge by Edward P. Casey and William H. Burr, accepted by the Secretary of War but never constructed.

Lost History

More Pictures of the Unbuilt Grant Memorial Bridge

Here are two more great images of the unbuilt Memorial Bridge, the bridge that was almost a tribute to Ulysses S. Grant. Read the previous post on that proposed bridge. Source: Wikipedia Source: Robs Webstek

the White House

Notable People & Places

Pre-Truman Balcony White House Photograph

This is a great find. It shows the White House as viewed from the South Lawn before the Truman renovation. Source: Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection

adult entertainment ads

Old Ads & Classifieds

Seedy 1970s Adult Entertainment Business

The District had a much darker underbelly in the 1970s and 1980s, including a number of adult theaters in the area. Just check out the old advertisements in The Washington Post from the time. Here’s one from...

Connecticut Avenue in 1904

Pictures Tell a Story

1904 Connecticut Avenue Photo Tells a Story

We’re loving spending time studying these old photos. Hopefully you’re enjoying them too. This is a photo from 1904 showing Connecticut Avenue, and we’re assuming this is somewhere between Dupont Circle and Farragut Square? Maybe some...

Healy Hall in 1940

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Healy Hall in Brick? … Nevermind

Is this right? We need your help. We’re doing a little pre-posting for the next week and came across this fascinating photo. It appears to be Healy Hall at Georgetown, but it looks like it’s completely...

freshman members of Congress 1947

The Best Of

Photo of Boyish Kennedy and Nixon

Whoa, this is cool. If you haven’t seen this before, it’s a photo from 1947 when both Kennedy and Nixon were member of the House of Representatives. Kennedy looks like he’s 18 and Nixon about 23.

Wisconsin Avenue, NW, south of O Street at "rush hour" (June 30, 1960).

Faces & Places of Yesterday

“Rush Hour” on Wisconsin Near O Street in 1960

Not exactly rush hour. But, it looks pretty similar to today, minus the streetcar tracks of course. Source: DDOTDC

Scott Circle, NW, looking northeast from Rhode Island Avenue with statue of Gen. Winfield Scott; note glass street sign under globe. (July 8, 1950

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Scott Circle in the 1950s

Here’s a cool photo that we found on Flickr. Source: DDOTDC Flickr

Intersection of 9th and F St. NW (1888)

Other Cool Stuff

Running a Successful Boarding House in the 1880s

This is a cool article that we found in The Washington Post, printed on October 14th, 1882. It mentions the key components of running a successful boarding house in Washington. To make a success of a...

1940s DC rowhouse

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Color Photo of Rowhouse in the 1940s

Wow, this is beautiful. Any idea where this house is? This looks like it could be Dupont, or maybe Columbia Heights? Source: vintage everyday UPDATE: A reader tweeted the following. @GhostsofDC @UrbanTurf_DC looks like Hillyer Pl NW...