Lost History

These are sad stories about things that no longer exist in Washington, D.C.

Kennedy and Erhard when JFK visited West Germany in 1962

German Chancellor State Visit to White House on November 25th, 1963

On Friday, 50 years ago, The Washington Post printed this article detailing the upcoming state visit of West Germany's Chancellor, Ludwig Erhard. Washingtonians...
Famous Capitol landmark being dismantled to make way for modern business

Sad, Capitol Hill Landmark Being Dismantled

Here's a sad old photo from the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress
proposed Metro map in 1966

Unrealized Vision for Metro in 1966

As with any massive public project, Metro was full of contentious debates and heated arguments. Ultimately, we know where we ended up, but back...

Never Built: CIA Headquarters in Alexandria

We had no idea, but the alternate, and strongly pushed location for the Central Intelligence Agency's new headquarters was the Winkler Tract in Alexandria,...

Never Built: Metro’s Bridge Over Rock Creek

In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll under Connecticut Avenue, but above Rock Creek. These amazing early Metro plans never came to fruition. They depict the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.
Pennsylvania (Baltimore & Potomac) Station in Washington

1890 Petition to Keep Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Depot at 6th...

There are always two sides to an issue and below is proof that a large number of Washingtonians wanted to keep the dangerous railroad...
Washington DC proposed plan of public buildings. Copy of drawing.

Proposed Buildings on the Mall Near Capitol

The description on this image from Flickr says it's a proposed plan for public buildings on the Mall near the Capitol. Source: Flickr user medicalmuseum
diagram of proposed park of 2,500 acres

1886 Plan for Great Park in Arlington

Source: Washington Post Six years before Rock Creek Park came to be and about 20 years after the Civil War, there was talk of a...
Birdseye view of the National Capital, including the site of the proposed World's Exposition of 1892 and Permanent Exposition of the Three Americas

Proposed 1892 World’s Fair That Didn’t Happen in D.C.

Source: Library of Congress The World's Fair or World's Columbian Exposition was the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World....
Palo Alto Hotel and Saloon - September 19th, 1899

Birth of the Cocktail at the Palo Alto Hotel?

Source: DC Public Library Above is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr. The saloon above is the famous old Palo Alto Tavern,...
aerial view of Temple Heights in the early 1930s (Library of Congress)

Lost History: Oak Lawn and an Aerial View Before the Washington...

This is an aerial view of Temple Heights and Oak Lawn, the current site of the Washington Hilton, north of Dupont Circle.
Providence Hospital in the early 1900s (Library of Congress)

Lost History: Providence Hospital and the Story Behind Providence Park

The hospital still exists, but it's no longer in the original location. Providence Hospital once stood between 2nd and 3rd St. and...
waiter at Herzog's

Lost History: Herzog’s Famous Sea Food Restaurant

This is another shameful loss for Washington. The waterfront in SW used to be teeming with activity. (The fish market is really cool if...
Washington circa 1900. "Stewart's Castle, Dupont Circle." The William Morris Stewart house on Massachusetts Avenue, designed by Adolph Cluss, shortly before it was demolished. National Photo glass negative.

Lost History: Stewart’s Castle on Dupont Circle

This is one of the many tragic losses of Washington's architectural history ... Stewart's Castle. The former home of Nevada Senator William M. Stewart,...
Whitlow's Restaurant and retail stores at 11th and E Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C., photographed before they were demolished to make way for new buildings

Lost History: The Old Whitlow’s Bar and Grille

Whitlow's on Wilson wasn't always in Arlington. For a really long time, starting around the end of World War II, it was...
Southern Railway Building in 1917

Lost History: Southern Railway Building

Sad. Just tragic. The building below is the old Southern Railway Building, formerly located at 13th and Pennsylvania. This building was purchased by the United...
P. Hohmann Saloon

Lost History: P. Hohmann Saloon

Here is another excellent old saloon from 1913, lost to history. Mullany's Saloon had a neighbor with Hohmann's Saloon. The most amazing part of...
D. Mullany's Saloon at 14th and E St. NW in 1913

Lost History: D. Mullany’s Saloon

We're trying out a new category called "Lost History" today. We spent a good part of the weekend reading James Goode's excellent (and depressing)...
William Stickney residence in the 1870s. William leading against building (source: adolf-cluss.org)

Lost History: The Stickney House at 6th and M

Why did we knock down half of the amazing buildings in Washington? It's tragic and depressing when you read through John's book...
Proposed Executive Mansion sponsored by Mary Foote Henderson

Proposed White House on Meridian Hill

Here's a good one from the Library of Congress archives. It's a drawing of the proposed new Executive Mansion, to be built...