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Sherman's subdivision of Columbia Heights in 1869

Cool 1869 Property Map of Columbia Heights

This property map of Columbia Heights from 1869 shows John Sherman’s subdivision with the old street names (learn about the street names here). Make sure you click on it for more details because it’s very interesting. For some reference, Kennesaw Ave. is now Irving St., which runs right by DC USA (aka, Best Buy and […]

Map of North Columbia Heights in 1885

This 1885 map shows what would become the northern part of Columbia Heights. At the time, it was still referred to as part of Mt. Pleasant. The arrow at left points to north. Also, some street names were renamed, so Howard became Newton and Sheridan became Monroe. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library […]

Advertisement for 1201 Clifton St. NW

1910 Ads for Clifton St. Homes in Columbia Heights

Here’s an old advertisement that we found in The Washington Times from Saturday, June 4th, 1910. It shows a row of homes on Clifton St. in Columbia Heights, recently finished, and for sale at $7,750. Source: Library of Congress Here’s the Street View on Google today.

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Recognize These 1912 Columbia Heights Homes?

Here is an ad from The Evening Star printed on Saturday, September 14th, 1912 (seven weeks later Woodrow Wilson was elected president — and he banned inaugural balls). Any thoughts on where these homes are today? According to the advertisement, they’re somewhere on New Hampshire Ave. between Georgia and 11th St. I was digging around on Google […]

1921 ad for Columbia Heights homes

1921 Ad for Columbia Heights Homes

Here is an old advertisement for real estate in Columbia Heights. This was printed on Saturday, November 12th, 1921 in The Washington Times. Using the consumer price index, $6,300 in 1921 equals $78,100 today. Though if you look at this simple online calculator, you’ll see the estimates vary wildly. Source: Library of Congress

Awesome 1887 Map of Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights

This is an incredible old map from 1887 showing today’s Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights. You have to click on this for greater details. You’ll be a little confused by the old street names, so check out this old post about Columbia Heights street names before they were changed. For some reference, Whitney Ave. is […]

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Columbia Heights Building Boom Could Have Started in 1996

It’s not possible for one to argue that Columbia Heights has been catapulted to the epicenter of gentrification and real estate renaissance over the last decade. It’s certainly brought back economic life to a part of the city that previously was still suffering from the pains of the 1968 riots, well over 30 years later. […]

northeast corner of 14th and Irving St. NW

What Did Columbia Heights at 14th and Irving Look Like in the 1920s?

How amazing is this photo? It’s from around 1918 to 1922. You are looking from the southwest corner, where the Metro entrance is today, across the street towards the other Metro entrance and the BB&T bank. It’s incredible to see how different Columbia Heights was. It appears that none of these buildings survive today. Gude […]

1919 map of Columbia Heights

Can You Find Your House on This 1919 Map of Columbia Heights?

How cool is this old map of Columbia Heights and 16th St. NW? Click on it for a much larger version and start exploring to see what you recognize. Who knows … maybe you’ll see your place. There are quite a few buildings still standing.

Map of a Rural Columbia Heights

What a cool map. We posted one last week showing the area around Tenleytown as it looked on an 1892 map. The area covered in the map includes today’s Columbia Heights, Park View, and a little Mt. Pleasant. Source: Library of Congress Also, check out this cool 1904 book entitled A statement of some of […]

Columbia Heights in 1903

1903 Map of a Very Undeveloped Columbia Heights

Check this sweet map out. The whole area is really undeveloped, and the streets still have the old names (read about the name changes). Share this on Facebook with your friends, and make sure you click on the map for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

Columbia Heights homes for sale - 1911

Columbia Heights Homes on 14th Street for $425

What a sweet deal! This is an awesome old advertisement from the Washington Times, published on October 28th, 1911. This appears to be the row of homes on the east side of 14th St. NW, between Spring and Perry. Source: Library of Congress [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=14th+and+perry+st+nw&layer=c&sll=38.936257,-77.032727&cbp=13,138.03,,0,-5.93&cbll=38.936936,-77.032723&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=14th+St+NW+%26+Perry+Pl+NW,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20010&ll=38.936257,-77.032727&spn=0.0057,0.010997&t=m&z=14&panoid=fo-LJgG48hd8x2CwcPlEQw&source=embed&output=svembed]

1907 map of Mount Pleasant

1907 Map of Mount Pleasant

What a fascinating map of a rather undeveloped Mount Pleasant in 1907. You can also see across 16th St. into what is now better known as Columbia Heights.

How Much Was a Columbia Heights House in 1911?

This is a fascinating real estate section to study. Click on it for greater detail and check out the ads for homes in Mt. Pleasant, Cleveland Park and Columbia Heights.

1907 Baist real estate atlas of 14th and Monroe St. NW

Epicenter of Macabre Tragedy in 1906: 14th and Monroe in Columbia Heights

I came across a very sad article in the Washington Post the other day. This is from September 2nd, 1906 and given that a large number of GoDCers have demonstrated their interest in the macabre and tragic posts, I’ll share this with you. In the span of 12 months there were nine mysterious deaths in […]

Walter and Hazel Johnson with Walter's mother (Library of Congress)

Hazel Lee Roberts Married Walter Johnson in Columbia Heights

Here’s one of the best story tips we’ve received thus far. Thanks to GoDCer Jack in Poolesville who tipped us off to the Big Train’s nuptials being held in a regular apartment at 1498 Monroe St. NW, right on the border of Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights. The Big Train is probably my second favorite […]

Arcade Market in Columbia Heights (Library of Congress)

Columbia Heights Arcade Gets First Roof Garage in D.C.

Driving was still not the primary mode off transportation in the city with streetcars crisscrossing the city, but John Blick, head of the Arcade Market going up in Columbia Heights felt strongly enough about making as easy as possible to park as close to the Arcade as possible. Remember when we almost had a Whole […]

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