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Central High School stadium in the 1910s

Great Old Photos of Central High School

GoDCer Gail wrote in the other day about Cardozo High School (i.e., old Central High School) and wanted to know if we had some more photos of the school. We did dig up a few more, so here they are. Hope you enjoy them Gail!

1903 map of Eastern Market

1903 Map of Eastern Market

Here’s a great 1903 map of Eastern Market, as requested by GoDCer Orestes. Hope you enjoy it! And below is the Google Map of the area today.

The Northumberland (Wikipedia)

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 […]

Friends Meeting House of Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia)

Three Stories About the Quaker Meeting House

GoDCer Patrick sent in a great suggestion a couple of weeks ago and we’re now digging up some great stories about the Quaker house on Florida (i.e., The Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C.). The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, dates back to the mid 1600s in England. To escape religious persecution, […]

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 […]

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 “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 Westchester (Flickr user Anomalous_A)

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 […]

Chastleton in the Washington Times - November 1st, 1919

The Chastleton: Parlors With Apogees of Luxury

I haven’t done one of these in a while … so, GoDCer Jon, this is for you. A quick Washington Post search uncovered an article about the buildings construction. This was published on June 15th, 1919 (this happens to be the day Pancho Villa attacks Ciudad Juárez, and kicks off an incursion into U.S. territory […]

Fort Lincoln Heights: Parts of Barbadoes and Scotland

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 true and […]

Cathedral Highlands advertisement in the Washington Herald - June 23rd, 1907

Move to Cathedral Highlands: An Unobstructed View of the Entire Surrounding Country

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a “Reader’s Choice” post, so this one is for GoDCer Samantha, who tweeted the request to do something on Cathedral Heights. I also haven’t really done anything about that area, so this works out well. Let me start with a quick fact … Cathedral Heights started out as […]

August 14th, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. (Shorpy)

Calvin Coolidge, Vermont Native and Our 30th President

Per a comment received on the Warren Harding slide show, here’s a one for his successor, Calvin Coolidge. So, Kai … here’s a bunch of photos of the 30th President of the United States. If you have any requests for posts or any tips, please feel free to reach out and email us at hello [at] […]

Bonus Army eviction in 1932 (Wikipedia)

Three Things About Poplar Point and Anacostia Flats

If you’re fortunate enough to be participating in WABA’s “Down the Tubes” ride tomorrow, the last stop on your journey is going to be Poplar Point. Probably 70% of District residents don’t know what this is or where it is, but a number of important historical events have happened here. One of these events involved […]

O Street pumping station (JDLand)

Three Things About the O Street Pumping Station

Your second major stop on the WABA “Down the Tubes” bicycle ride on Sunday is going to be the O Street Pumping Station, down by the Navy Yard. This is a beautiful old Beaux-Arts building from the early 20th century, and I’m a little jealous of you all, since I won’t be on the ride […]

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 […]

150 Rhode Island Ave. NW

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 […]

View of 1335 Wisconsin Ave. & Dumbarton St.

Au Pied de Cochon Stories

This is the second part of our research into 1335 Wisconsin Ave. NW … formerly known as Au Pied de Cochon. If you haven’t read the first part, you should. And by the way, reader Nick is really getting his money’s worth with a two for one. So let’s get started …

Au Pied de Cochon

Remember Au Pied de Cochon?

Remember Au Pied de Cochon on Wisconsin Avenue? How about the story of the Soviet spy Vitaky Yurchenko?

Greenberg House, photo by Karen Ruckman

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 […]

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