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Exploring Rural Northeast Washington D.C. a Century Ago
Explore the rural northeast region of Washington D.C. a century ago with a 1907 map from the Library of Congress. See how the area has changed over time and discover the amazing history of the city.
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More Photos of Cardozo High School (formerly Central High School)
Check out these additional photos of Cardozo High School (formerly Central High School) that we dug up. We hope GoDCer Gail enjoys them!
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Exploring Eastern Market: A Side-by-Side Comparison of a 1903 Map and a Google Map
Take a look at the past and present of Eastern Market with this side-by-side comparison of a 1903 map and a Google Map. Learn more about the history of this DC neighborhood!
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Three Stories from the Northumberland Apartments
Faithful and extremely patient GoDCer Jeff requests some time ago that we do a piece on the Northumberland, just north of U St. Our apologies for the long delay in getting to your request, but hopefully you’ll agree that it’s better late than never. The building at 2039 New Hampshire Ave. NW, was built in 1910 by the famous local developer Harry Wardman and architect Albert H. Beers....
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The Quaker House on Florida Ave: Unearthing Three Interesting Stories
Uncovering three fascinating stories from the Quaker House on Florida Ave, including President Hoover’s attendance at the opening, civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy speaking, & Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee being sued.
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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 18th and U St. NW. If you’ve ever walked by them, you know what we’re...
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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 “Lost Washington” or James’ book “Capitol Losses.” Sadly, the home below was torn down and replaced by something substantially less appealing in the 70s. One of our early GoDC readers, Betsy, sent in a request the other...
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Three Things About The Westchester at 4000 Cathedral Ave. NW
We’re on a roll with these “Three Things…” posts, so why not crank out another one. This time, we’re going to focus on The Westchester at 4000 Cathedral Ave. NW. Christy, The Westchester’s resident ambassador for GoDC sent in the suggestion and, after a little digging in the archives, it appears that the building has some interesting tales to share. Thank you for...
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Exploring the Chastleton Apartment Building in Washington, DC
Dive into the history of the Chastleton Apartment Building in Washington, DC, from its construction in 1919, to its features, financing, and today. Learn about the building's unique location and the demands for its apartments.
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Fort Lincoln Heights: Parts of Barbadoes and Scotland
Fort Lincoln Heights advertisement in the Sunday Herald – August 23rd, 1891 I want to branch out a little more and represent more neighborhoods. This is a great old real estate advertisement — I’ve been finding a ton of these lately — highlighting Fort Lincoln Heights in NE Washington. Yes, I know that Barbadoes is actually spelled Barbados. But this is a blog that remains...
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The History of Cathedral Heights, From Wild Dogs to Real Estate Mogul William Matteson
Learn the unique history of Cathedral Heights, from its early days of wild dogs to real estate mogul William Matteson. Read an article from 1907 that announced the birth of Cathedral Highlands and the important role Matteson played in its development.
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Exploring the Life of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge
Take a journey back in time to explore the life of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. Check out a selection of photos from his life and learn more about his legacy.
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Exploring the History of Poplar Point and the Anacostia Flats
Discover the history of Poplar Point and the Anacostia Flats and learn what important events occurred here involving a future president. Read about the Bonus Army and the Summer of 1932 and Proposed Stadium Site. Plus, learn about Bolling Field opens for air mail.
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Exploring the O Street Pumping Station: Navy Yard Wins Two, Lost Boy Found Dead, and Wandering in a Daze
Exploring the O Street Pumping Station in Washington, D.C.! Learn about the 1911 amateur baseball championship, a lost boy found dead, and a mysterious case of a wandering man in a daze. Read the full story here.
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Three Things About the Bryant Street Pumping Station
Curious about water problems in DC? Here are stories about the Bryant Street Pumping Station from the early 1900s.
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Suite 870: the Haunted "Ghost Suite" at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
By now, everyone should know this is a blog about local history and stories lost to time. But our reader Suzanne commented on Facebook that we should post a local ghost story. So, I’m happy to oblige for another “Reader’s Choice.” There are a number of well-known ghost stories in D.C., many of them centered around the Capitol Building, the White House, or Lafayette Square....
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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 in, as she knew very little about it (other than old stories from local cabbies). I’m starting to see an increase in email requests like this, and I wish I could get to all of them, but for this one, I’m...
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If Walls Could Talk: Au Pied De Cochon and 1335 Wisconsin Ave. NW – Part 2
This second part of our research into 1335 Wisconsin Ave. NW reveals the history of this building, from Frank Kidwell's local butcher market to the Atherton Pet Shop. Read on to learn about the beer and bowling of Connors Grill!
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Remember Au Pied de Cochon?
Remember Au Pied de Cochon on Wisconsin Avenue? How about the story of the Soviet spy Vitaky Yurchenko?
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Reader's Choice: Why is Syracuse University in Woodley Park?
A curious Ghosts of D.C. reader posted on Facebook that she wanted to know why Syracuse has a house in Woodley Park. I too am curious each time I walk by the Greenberg House at 2301 Calvert St. NW. So I’m going to find out, as well as learn about the house’s history. This will be our first official “Reader’s Choice” and another “If Walls Could Talk.” It better...
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