If Walls Could Talk

What stories are there if walls could talk in Washington, D.C.?

Ted's Bulletin front (source: tedsbulletin.com)

If Walls Could Talk: Ted’s Bulletin

It has been over two months since our last “If Walls Could Talk” post (Shaw’s Tavern), so it’s high time we crank out another one. We’re going to head down to Barrack’s Row on Capitol Hill...
Shaw's Tavern

If Walls Could Talk: Shaw’s Tavern

Congratulations to the latest “If Walls Could Talk” poll winner: Shaw’s Tavern. Also, congratulations on landing that liquor license. It’s been a long road, but the neighborhood and city is thrilled to have this latest addition...
Tivoli Theater (photo by Flickr user dbking)

If Walls Could Talk: Tivoli Theater Was “The Temple of the Arts”

You can’t walk past the Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights and not admire it, imagining what the surrounding streets were like in the late 1920s. The arrival of Harry Crandall’s new theater was a big deal...
Flag of Ireland

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but that is only the climax of the love affair between our country and The Emerald Isle. Everyone has, or claims to have, some link back to Ireland. My...
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. Photo credit: Jennifer Kolansky

If Walls Could Talk: Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

Last week’s winner of the “If Walls Could Talk” poll was Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. They altered the look and feel of the tavern-heavy block of Pennsylvania between 2nd and 3rd St. SE and have...
54 Rhode Island Ave. NW

If Walls Could Talk: 54 Rhode Island Ave. NW

I’ve always been fascinated by this building on Rhode Island Ave. It looks like something that belongs in New Orleans with the two-tiered porch.
Smith Commons ground floor

If Walls Could Talk: Smith Commons

Curious about Smith Commons on H St. in DC? Check out our latest “If Walls Could Talk” post. The winner of our second IWCT poll is the H Street hot spot, Smith Commons (I don’t think...
National Union Building (Wikipedia)

If Walls Could Talk: The New LivingSocial Live Events Center

I came across a great idea while reading Prince of Petworth’s post on LivingSocial yesterday. The DC-based company just opened up their “live events center” in a building at 918 F St. NW, which was the...
Eastern High School, 1700 E St. NE (Wikipedia)

Eastern High School: History of The Pride of Capitol Hill

I thought it would be a good to branch out and do a on Eastern High School (check them out on Facebook) near RFK Stadium. It’s a beautiful building at 1700 East Capitol St. NE, originally...
Plain Old Pearson's advertisement (1947)

If Walls Could Talk: Plain Old Pearson’s in Glover Park

I was walking through Glover Park the other day with my wife and she made a great suggestion to do an “If Walls Could Talk” on the neighborhood favorite Pearson’s on Wisconsin. This place has been...
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

If Walls Could Talk: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

I’m missing tonight’s slow braised pork shank, but a deal’s a deal (if you’re reading this on Friday, I wrote this Thursday night and ordered take out from Pho 14 … yum). Winner of the inaugural...
The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Yellow House at 2513 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 2

This is the second post in a four-part series covering the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. This one is the brightest of the set and it really stands out...
The "Rainbow Row" of homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Green House at 2515 Cliffbourne Pl. NW – Part 1

This is the first in a four-part series of posts covering the colorful homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW, between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. You’ve seen these before, the green, yellow, red and blue homes, perfectly...
150 Rhode Island Ave. NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Seaton at 150 Rhode Island Ave. NW

I received an email from a reader saying she learned of Ghosts of DC through this post on Big Bear Cafe. She kindly asked if I would look into the history of her Bloomingdale condo building...
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

If Walls Could Talk: Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe

I’m really excited about doing this one and I’m sure there are a few of you out there that are really going to enjoy learning about our favorite spot, Kramerbooks. Since 1976, this place has been...
View of 1335 Wisconsin Ave. & Dumbarton St.

Au Pied de Cochon Stories

This is the second part of our research into 1335 Wisconsin Ave. NW … formerly known as Au Pied de Cochon. If you haven’t read the first part, you should. And by the way, reader Nick...
Au Pied de Cochon

Remember Au Pied de Cochon?

Remember Au Pied de Cochon on Wisconsin Avenue? How about the story of the Soviet spy Vitaky Yurchenko?
Big Bear Cafe

If Walls Could Talk: Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe is a lovely coffee shop which has warmed up Bloomingdale residents since 2007. It’s a favorite of many in the neighborhood and, for better or worse, people in other neighborhoods (this Portlandia clip...
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