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Incredible 1904 Photo of the Willard Hotel

This is one of the best photos we’ve uncovered in quite a while. Click on it for more. This is the new Willard Hotel around this year 1904. What a beautiful building, which thankfully still stands. Source: Library of Congress
Capitol, Washington, D.C., north-east view. Dome and front unfinished, June 28, 1863.

Rare, Stunning 1863 Photo of Capitol Building

This incredible old photo of the Capitol Building shows it just after the new dome was completed in 1863. Source: Library of Congress
1835 map of Washington

Washington Almost Gave Georgetown Back to Maryland in 1839

Now here is an interesting article that we dug up in the old archives. We found an article in The Baltimore Sun, from January 28th, 1839, discussing the possibility of retroceding Georgetown to Maryland. Most of you know that Virginia was...
1921 map of Bellevue Highlands

1921 Map of Bellevue Highlands, Southwest D.C.

Take a look at this old map, showing Bellevue at the bottom of the District, or I should say, what would become Bellevue. The map has the area listed as Bellevue Highlands, and surely there were quite a few farms...
Heurich Brewery in 1910

Photo of Heurich Brewery in 1910

This is a great old photo of the Heurich Brewery, taken in 1910. The brewery stood on the current site of the Kennedy Center. Source: Library of Congress
View of south and west elevations of Peirce Mill, to the left of Tilden Street NW as it rises to cross Rock Creek.

Peirce Mill and Spring House on Thanksgiving Day 1910

It looks almost exactly the same today! The photos were taken on November 24th, 1910 … Happy Thanksgiving! Source: Dig DC
1909 map of Observatory Circle

Interesting 1909 Map of Observatory Circle

Here is a cool map of the area around the current Vice President’s residence off of Mass. Ave.
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 -… ugh). The photo below...
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

D.C. Gives Fidel Castro A Hero’s Welcome At E Street Restaurant

“It’s Midnight in Washington…and this is the Steve Allison show.” I can remember those lines from 1959 just like it was yesterday. WWDC (1260 on the AM dial) had hired a talk show host from Philadelphia named Steve Allison who...