Then and Now

Compare historic photos of Washington, D.C. with current photos and see the difference.

View looking north up 7th Street NW from G Street NW. Streetcars, automobiles and horse pulled carts are in the street.

Recognize 7th and G St. From 1911?

How different does this look? This is a shot of 7th and G St, taken on June 27th, 1911. You are looking up 7th...
National Bank of Washington--Louisiana Avenue--Central National Bank

National Bank of Washington in 1892

Here's a beautiful old photograph of the National Bank of Washington back in 1892. Source: Library of Congress Both of the buildings in the above photo...

Then and Now: 600 Block of Princeton Place

This is pretty cool. Look at it today on Google Street View. And check it out back in  the early 1920s. Source: Library of Congress
O Street Market on northwest corner of 7th and O Streets NW. (Emil A. Press Slide Collection, 1959)

Then and Now: O Street Market

Wow, look the the difference (and similarity). Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Check it out today in all its glory.
1072 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Then and Now: Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown

This is a small, little known block in Georgetown, but the photo below is beautiful. it's from around 1899, and below it,...
plan for bowling alley at 14th and T

Then and Now: Matchbox on 14th Street

The kind folks over at Matchbox on 14th St. sent over a bunch of great photos from their building. Check them out below.
Loudon National Bank and King Street

Then and Now: King and Market Streets in Leesburg

Take a look at the Google Street View of King Street in Leesburg today, at the intersection with Market Street. And below we have the...
Market Street and M.E. Church, south, Leesburg, Va.

Leesburg United Methodist Church on Market Street (1920)

Check this out. It's an old photo of the Methodist church on Market St. in Leesburg. Source: Library of Congress And below is the Google Street...
1939 photograph next to the railroad tracks

Cars Parked Along Railroad Tracks on Virginia Ave.

This is an old photo showing a row of parked cars along Virginia Ave. SW. Check out the Google Street View below. Source: Shorpy
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "551-53-55 Randolph St. N.W." We'll take the one next to the castle. National Photo Company glass negative.

Randolph Street Homes in 1920

Another great photo from Shorpy ... this time showing three homes on Randolph St. NW. Source: Shorpy And, the best part is that the three homes...
The Anacostia Bank, 2021 Nichols Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., decorated for a parade

Then and Now: The Anacostia Bank

This is a great image that we dug up in the Library of Congress archives. The photo is from around 1918. It's the old...
concert on the South Lawn in 1921

Awesome Then and Now: Concerts on the South Lawn, 1921 and...

We're on a roll here with these photos, especially with ones of the White House. Here's one of a concert given by the United...
Truck Company Number Four, Firehouse, 219 M Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Then and Now: M Street Firehouse

We dug up this undated photo at the Library of Congress. It appears to be from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The good news, is...
Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Panama Legation, New Hampshire Avenue and Q Street N.W." 18th Street is on the left and New Hampshire Avenue on the right. This is one of the earliest examples of a stop sign ("Boulevard Stop") in the archive. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Panama Legation at New Hampshire and Q St. (1925)

What a beautiful building. Sadly, this building no longer exists. Take a look at the same intersection today on Google Street View.
Silver Spring, Maryland, circa 1927. National Photo glass negatives marked "Jordan & Co." Among the new construction shown here is a National Guard armory. National Photo Company Collection.

Silver Spring in 1927

And check this out ... the building being constructed in 1927 is still there!
Anacostia home being constructed circa 1919

Anacostia Street Frozen in Time (1919)

Here is a terrific shot of homes being built in Anacostia. This was taken around 1919 and this row appears to be the 1900...
3612 Bangor St. SE real estate advertisement

1955 Ad for Home on Bangor Street in Hillcrest

Hopefully we are earning a GoDCer for life in Ayanna by posting all of these Hillcrest-related advertisements. If you know the person that lives here,...
The Kenesaw a view from the northeast (Flickr user: parkview dc)

The Kenesaw: Fine New Structure Goes Up in Mt. Pleasant

It's still amusing to me when the papers refer to anything north of Boundary St. (i.e., Florida Avenue) as the suburbs. I came across...
Army jeep containing soldiers on 9th Street with civilian car next to it. There is a sign over a storefront on the corner of the street which reads "SABIN'S 9TH & U RECORDS". Shows the northwest corner of the 9th and U Street (Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)

U St. and the Dickson Building After the Riots

The '68 riots were a tragic and defining moment in our city's history. Here's a great then and now shot of 9th and U...
Rochambeau Statue in Lafayette Park (circa 1900)

Lafayette Square: Then and Now

Here are some cool old photos and contemporary photos from the same spot in Lafayette Park, near the White House. The statues barely changed...
Massachusetts and 21st St. NW (1917)

Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle

This is not good. We're looking at a photo of a car accident on the northeast corner of Massachusetts and 21st St. NW. This...