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Proposed design for Smithsonian Institution Building by John Notman, north front elevation. It is a Gothic design with three stories, a central tower/cupola, crenellated embattlements, and symmetrical wings. The design was submitted for the competition sponsored by the Building Committee of the Board of Regents, December 23, 1846
Exploring the Proposed Design for the Smithsonian Castle in 1846
Discover the proposed design for the Smithsonian Castle from 1846. Learn about the Gothic design with three stories, a central tower/cupola, crenellated embattlements, and symmetrical wings from the Building Committee of the Board of Regents.
Columbia Heights
The Rise and Fall of Herbert Haft's Columbia Heights Development Agreement
Discover the story of Herbert Haft's Columbia Heights development agreement, which was canceled after 15 years of litigation and very little construction. Learn how the area has been transformed since then.
Circa 1924, "Metropolitan Methodist Church, C Street, Washington, D.C." And the Ford building next door. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. The church, at C Street NW and John Marshall Place, was abandoned and razed after the congregation moved to its Nebraska Avenue location in the 1930s. The 1905 Ford Motor Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue was torn down in 1980.
The Sad Tale of the Destruction of a Beautiful Old Church in the Name of Progress
What a sad tale of progress - a beautiful old church, destroyed in the name of progress. Read the story of how this once grand building was lost forever, and the impact it had on its community.
(right) The Munsey Building, built in 1905 and demolished in 1980; (left) the Washington Post Building (also demolished)
It's a Damn Shame: The Demolition of D.C. from the 1950s to the 1980s
It's a sad fact that much of D.C. was demolished from the 1950s through the 1980s. Read the full story to learn more about this damn shame and the major influence of Gilded Age capitalist Frank Munsey.
proposed National Mall in early 1900s
Explore a Proposed National Mall from the Early 1900s
Take a look at what a proposed National Mall could have looked like from the Capitol Building in the early 1900s. See photos and find out more about this fascinating idea.
Ebbitt House in 1903
Now this is an Incredible Photograph of 14th and F Street in 1903
Take a look at this incredible photograph of 14th and F Street in 1903, featuring the old Ebbitt House. Read three stories about the place, and check out the map for reference points. The legacy lives on in today's incarnation of Old Ebbitt Grill.
McLean Gardens
Proposed Demolition of McLean Gardens; Replaced by Embassy Complex
McLean Gardens in Cleveland Park was almost razed and replaced by a complex of foreign embassies.
N. Moore & 19th - Source: rosslynva.org
Dead Man's Hollow: A Dark History of Rosslyn and Arlington
Discover the dark history of Rosslyn and Arlington, VA, in the late 19th & early 20th century, including the notorious Dead Man's Hollow. Learn about infamous murders, robberies and more in this blog post from Ghosts of DC.
proposed underground streetcar system - 1912
Original Subway Planned for Downtown D.C. in 1912
Washington DC almost has a subway started in 1912, well before WMATA and Metro opened in 1976. Learn about what almost was built in the District.
Washington neighborhoods in the 1800s
Exploring Washington's Lost Neighborhoods of the Late 19th Century
Revisit the late 19th century Washington neighborhoods of Buzzard's Roost, Ryder's Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and more. Read excerpts from an 1893 article in The Washington Post detailing the poverty and squalor of these infamous areas.

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