1950s

What was Washington, D.C. like in the 1950s? Take a look at our great posts with stories, people, photos, and history about the District from the fifties.

View of the South Portico of the White House - February 16th, 1952

Exterior Photos of Truman Reconstruction of White House

Truman Reconstruction of the White House between 1949 and 1952. See exterior photos of the renovation project
interior shell of the White House - 1950

Interior Photos of Truman Reconstruction of White House

Truman Reconstruction of the White House between 1949 and 1952. See interior photos of the renovation project
Demolition of buildings on the corner of 11th Street and Virginia Avenue SW. View northwest over the Agriculture Department Building to the Washington Monument (1959). Garnet W. Jex "Southwest Redevelopment" Slide Collection, HSW.

Building Demolition at 11th and Virginia (1959)

Ugh, these are always so sad to see. So much of D.C. was destroyed in the 1950s in the name of progress.
dairy farm advertisement in 1950

Identify This Fairfax Dairy Farm From 1950

Check out this advertisement from 1950. This was printed in The Washington Post. Does anyone recognize this home? UPDATE: We quickly received a Tweet from @daddylive9 pointing out that the farm still stands today at the intersection...

Never Built: CIA Headquarters in Alexandria

We had no idea, but the alternate, and strongly pushed location for the Central Intelligence Agency‘s new headquarters was the Winkler Tract in Alexandria, just off of Shirley Highway. Here’s an article that we dug up...
1950s Washington

Cost-of-Living Near All-Time High in D.C. (1952)

Do you think it’s expensive to live in the District today? Our population is just hovering around 600,000. Back in the 1950s, we were over 800,000! And, that was with far fewer apartment buildings. GoDCer Jamie...

Three Things About the CIA’s Langley Headquarters

CIA headquarters are in Langley, Virginia and have been since 1961 when President Kennedy dedicated the new building.
1950s car after accident

Help Identify This 1950s Location

We came across these beautiful photographs on Flickr and had to share them with GoDCers. It appears to be an old car getting in need of some repairs after an accident. The vehicle appears to be...
In late 1959 through 1960, the Capitol Dome underwent a significant repair and restoration effort and at the end of 1959 the exterior of the Dome was surrounded by scaffold.

The Capitol Dome Was Once Red

Remember the red Capitol Dome that we posted some time ago? Here’s another great view of it. Source: Architect of the Capitol Below is the caption from their Flickr feed. In late 1959 through 1960, the...

Eisenhower Inauguration Seen From a Blimp [Slideshow]

Here’s a pretty cool set of photos from January 20th, 1953. Source: Opie Radio
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