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Stories about famous people and places in Washington, D.C.

What Did the Capitol Look Like in 1800?

Print shows a street-level view of the east front facade of the U.S. Capitol with a man on horseback talking to a woman on horseback, pedestrians with a dog, a man talking with a woman and a child on the...

Inside National Airport’s Waiting Area in 1941

This cool old photo shows the magazine rack at National Airport back the year it opened, in 1941. This is the terminal waiting area. Take a look at a few more old photos of National Airport, then read these three...

Old Executive Office Building Under Construction

Check this out … what a fascinating old stereographic photo of the Old Executive Office Building, then known as the State, War, and Navy Building, adjacent to the White House. John DeFerrari posted a great history of the building on...

Willard Hotel in 1907

Here’s another lovely old photo showing the Willard Hotel way back in 1907.

Who’s Who in the Watergate Scandal

Remember the names of those involved in the Watergate scandal? In August 1974, Richard Nixon resigned before being impeached.

Stunning Colorized Photo of Old Post Office

This is the lovely old Post Office Pavilion, which now stands as the Trump Hotel, though potentially being sold.
Charles C. Glover

1928 Prediction for Washington, D.C. by Charles Glover

Charles Glover was a prominent banker and philanthropist in Washington between the 1880s and his death in 1936. He was the President of Riggs Bank, a huge backer of the City Beautiful movement , and opened his deep pockets to...

Governor Clinton Delivers 1980 Georgetown Commencement

Here’s a rare one. You’re looking at then-governor Clinton of Arkansas, and Georgetown graduate, delivering the commencement speech at Georgetown for the graduating class of 1980. Any of you readers graduate with that class?

Trump Hotel in 1919

Here is the lovely Old Post Office Pavilion, currently the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave.

1879 Smithsonian Construction

This great old photo shows the Arts and Industries Building on the Mall under construction in 1879. And below we found an interesting 1878 rendering of what the building should look like. And finally, here’s a photo of the building...