Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan, formerly known as Washington Heights, is a residential and commercial neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Adams Morgan Map From 1888

Adams Morgan didn’t exist in 1888. Back then it was called Washington Heights as many of the other uptown destinations began their lives similarly: Cleveland Heights, Friendship Heights, Massachusetts Avenue Heights. If you’re curious to know...

Why Is It Named Adams Morgan?

If you go to Adams Morgan on a regular basis, you should probably know at least the basic history of the neighborhood, which is actually the combination of several older Washington neighborhoods: Kalorama Triangle, Lanier Heights,...
Capital Transit demonstration run of a Twin Coach articulated bus (a model they did not end up using), April 3, 1948. This turnaround is still used by buses today [photo by Robert S. Crockett].

Calvert Street Bus Turnaround in 1948

Check this out. It looks as it does today, minus the Toddle House in the background which is now Mama Ayesha’s. Source: Flickr user rockcreek
Washington Post - August 5th, 1928

Prohibition Agents Raid 18th Street Oyster House Speakeasy

These prohibition stories are always great. This one is from a raid that happened on August 3rd, 1928 at 2106 18th St. NW in Adams Morgan. Today, the building is the home of Casa Oaxaca. Below...
Exterior of the Knickerbocker on opening day, 1917

The Knickerbocker Theatre Tragedy

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng Winter storms like hurricanes are regularly named every year. This naming practice, however, was not always the norm. One snowstorm that hit DC in 1922 was named...
View of a group of hikers walking alongside Rock Creek to the left and an embankment that leads up to the right upon which can be seen a row of buildings. Location is to the west and downhill from the 2800 block of Adams Mill Road NW.

Photo of Rock Creek Hiking in 1916

Do you recognize this part of Rock Creek Park? If I’m not mistaken, it’s near the entrance to the National Zoo on Rock Creek Parkway. Source: Dig DC

When Adams Morgan Was Rural

Difficult to believe this … really difficult, but back in 1892, what is now Adams Morgan, was very rural. Less jumbo slices, more trees. You probably can’t even recognize this, with no 18th St. and 16th...
Washington Heights Home for Sale

Washington Heights Home for Sale; $8,500 in 1904

Imagine living blocks from Adams Morgan’s 18th Street, owning a home that cost just $8,500. If you were around in 1904, a home on Mintwood Place could have been yours. Even taking into consideration inflation, you’d...
1832 Biltmore St. NW

Unfurnished Apartment in Adams Morgan for $37.50

How would you like an apartment for $37.50 per month? You could do that back in 1908, like this ad in the Washington Post listed on April 9th. Oh, and the original name for Adams Morgan...
homes on Kalorama Rd. in Washington Heights

Cool 1902 Ad For Kalorama Homes

This is a great old ad from The Evening Star on December 13th, 1902. It shows a bunch of homes on Kalorama Rd., in what we now call Adams Morgan, then called Washington Heights.
1907 map of Washington Heights

1907 Map of Washington Heights (Adams Morgan) and the National Zoo

Look at all the empty lots in what would become weekend crazytown for drunk 20-somethings.
Madam's Organ

If Walls Could Talk: Madam’s Organ

It’s highly likely you have been to the D.C. institution known as Madam’s Organ at 2461 18th St. NW. It anchors the Adams Morgan strip, and has done so since the current patrons were in diapers....
1903 map of Kalorama and Washington Heights

1903 Map of Kalorama and Washington Heights

Washington Heights (Adams Morgan) and Kalorama were both very undeveloped back when this map was made. It shows the area just north of Boundary Street (Florida Avenue) as it looked in 1903.
Ghost Dog visits the Duke Ellington Bridge

Ghost Dog Fetches Three Stories About the Duke Ellington Bridge

Ghost Dog went on another walk this past weekend to seek out three more stories for the GoDC community. This time, she passed through Adams Morgan, en route to the Duke Ellington Bridge (formerly known as...
The Evening Star - June 22nd, 1901

June 22nd, 1901: Real Estate Gossip

Here’s another chance to read a full page from an old newspaper. We spend hours scanning these for interesting stories and information and our new “In The Paper” series allows you to enjoy getting lost in...
Washington Heights real estate advertisement in 1904

Superior Homes in Fashionable Washington Heights

Old real estate advertisements are the best. This one is from the Evening Star on Saturday, May 28th, 1904. For some interesting trivia, soccer fans will be thrilled to know that exactly one week earlier, May...
Fitch, Fox & Brown real estate advertisement for Lanier Heights - April 19th, 1884 (The National Republican)

Lanier Heights: A Fine Tract of Land on Columbia Road

This is pretty cool … if you live in Lanier Heights or Adams Morgan, you’ll also find this fascinating. This is a real estate advertisement for newly subdivided lots just north of Columbia Rd. NW. Related...
guy digging grave

Jansen the Body Snatcher Strikes Again

Chalk another great find up to GoDCer and Poolesville resident, Jack. Thanks! Do you hang out with your kids in Walter Pierce park? Maybe you played kickball or soccer on the fields there, or take your...