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The Story of Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s Mansion

Billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's mansion at 2501 30th St. NW was raided by the FBI last week. Everyone's Googling around for details on Deripaska, but naturally, we're more interested in the history of the property.

Before 2Amys on Macomb Street

This isn’t a full “If Walls Could Talk” post since we couldn’t find a ton of information on 3715 & 3713 Macomb St. NW. But, since I was having pizza there (again) with my wife and two little kids, I got to thinking about the history of the building and how I knew nothing about […]

If Walls Could Talk: Chez Billy in Petworth

I just went to Chez Billy (3815 Georgia Ave. NW) in Petworth for the first time the other day to grab drinks and some dinner with a buddy. I know, I’m late to the game, but I’m not nearly as hip as I used to since I now have a Ghost Toddler and another Ghost Baby on […]

View of 1523 31st St. NW

If Walls Could Talk: Georgetown’s Breiding House at 1523 31st St. NW

I was taking a nice Sunday walk through Georgetown with Mrs. Ghost when we passed a very unique-looking home at 1523 31st St. NW. It caught my eye and I wanted to do a little digging to share what I could find with the GoDC community. The home is known as the Breiding House, built […]

Home Rule

If Walls Could Talk: Home Rule

Here we go with our third winner of the “If Walls Could Talk” Twitter poll. This time we are going to focus on Home Rule at 1807 14th St. NW. Insane man harasses senators Below is an article that we dug up from March 10th, 1900, printed in The Washington Post. An odd man was accused […]

1633 North Capitol St. NE

If Walls Could Talk: Super Liquor – House of Cards Edition

Like most of D.C., probably the country, we’re obsessed with House of Cards. It’s a little over the top, but sometimes that’s the beauty of it. Unfortunately, we don’t often expect movies about Washington to be largely filmed in the District or even have accurate portrayals of our fair city. But, House of Cards is […]

Nanny O'Briens

If Walls Could Talk: Nanny O’Briens

Congratulations to our latest “If Walls Could Talk” poll winner, Nanny O’Briens. We’re going to do a little digging into the history of your building at 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Greek restaurant investor On September 11th, 1952, The Washington Post reported on a funeral mass to be held for Louis Kanakos, who died at the […]

Mockingbird Hill

If Walls Could Talk: Mockingbird Hill

Congratulations to the latest winner of our “If Walls Could Talk” poll: Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th St. NW. Vice squad raid for illegal gambling We came across a story in the Baltimore Afro-American from July 21st, 1928 detailing a raid on Shirley Hamond Brown’s home at 1835 7th St. NW. The raid netted a […]

Apple Store in Georgetown

If Walls Could Talk: Apple Store in Georgetown

If you have an iPhone, iPad or any other Apple product, chances are, you’ve set foot in an Apple Store … and if you live in Georgetown, it was likely the one at 1229 Wisconsin Ave. NW. I long ago abandoned my iPhone in favor of an Android (shocking?) but I still love my Macbook, […]

Mad Hatter DC

If Walls Could Talk: Mad Hatter

I had the pleasure of speaking to a great class at AU last week. One of the students asked if we had ever done a piece about Mad Hatter on Connecticut Ave. We haven’t yet, so this one is for you, Blaire. (By the way, Blaire told me her parents named her after the Blair […]

2446 Belmont Road NW

Where Do the Obamas Live in D.C.?

UPDATE: According to recent reports, the Obamas will stick around the District and move into this lovely Kalorama home. For a cool $6.5 mil, this beauty of a home can be yours. Seriously though, this is an amazing house with nine bedrooms and over 8,000 square feet. It dates back to 1928 and has been on […]

If Walls Could Talk: Madam’s Organ

Today, 2461 18th St. NW is one of the more popular late-night destinations in the rowdy Adams Morgan neighborhood. Far from it's days as a store where you could buy a crib.

1201 S St. NW

If Walls Could Talk: The Coffee Bar

Ghosts of DC has a new favorite coffee joint at 1201 S St. NW. I went down this past Saturday with Mrs. Ghost and ran into Ms. EatMore DrinkMore (aka, Jenna). Maybe an “If Walls Could Talk” partner post with EMDM on a D.C. restaurant? It’s been quite some time since our last IWCT post, […]

Indonesian embassy (Walsh-McLean Mansion)

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Indonesia

This is our first “If Walls Could Talk” guest post. Marty wrote a great bit on one of the incredible mansions on Mass Ave. The stately mansion at 2020 Massachusetts Ave NW surely must be one of DC’s greatest real estate bargains ever. The Indonesian government bought it back in 1951 for $335,000, less than […]

The home at 1730 to 1738 V St. NW

Hobbit Houses Near Boundary Castle and a Surprise Historical Connection

GoDC buddy Wayne has kindly requested some digging into the story of the “hobbit homes” on V St. NW. We’re happy to oblige as we are quite curious of their origins. So, this will be a unique “If Walls Could Talk” for GoDCer Wayne. The homes we are investigating are situated about two blocks from […]

The Pig at 1320 14th St. NW (foodnomad.net)

If Walls Could Talk: The Pig

Congratulations to the latest “If Walls Could Talk” poll winner, The Pig. Congrats! @thepigdc with a huge late surge to 45%, you are indeed the winner over @rustikdc @darlingtonhouse @nelliesdc @18thamendment — Ghosts of DC (@GhostsofDC) November 2, 2012 So, let’s look into the story behind 1320 14th St. NW. Auction sales today The first […]

Embassy of Kenya at 2249 R St. NW (Wikipedia)

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Kenya

Our last embassy version of “If Walls Could Talk” was quite popular, so here’s another one from the same part of town, Sheridan Circle. California’s new senator buys Washington residence In December 1915, California’s freshman senator, James Phelan — former mayor of San Francisco — was about six months into his first, and only, term […]

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 to do a little research on one of Bryce Harper’s favorite haunts and a place where the President popped […]

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