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Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House

A brazen daylight assassination attempt against President Truman took place right on Pennsylvania Avenue with a shootout in front of Blair House. It was carried out by militant Puerto Rican pro-independence activists. White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt, was killed protecting the President.

1939 View of 14th and Penn.

This amazing old photograph shows the intersection of 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., where the Willard Hotel sits. It has some amazing details so click OK it to see them.

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Looking Up 15th St. at Pennsylvania Ave. in 1931

This great old photo shows the view looking north on 15th St., just east of the White House and Treasury Department. The intersection is with Pennsylvania Ave. Source: Shorpy

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Street scene, 15th and G Streets near Riggs National Bank." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Awesome 1919 Street Scene on 15th Street

Photos like this can suck up an hour of my time. I just love looking at these. Click on it for a larger version. This shows a scene at 15th and Pennsylvania in 1919. In the background you’ll see the old Riggs Bank building, which is still there, but now the PNC Bank building. Source: […]

early 1900s view of 11th and Pennsylvania

1900s Frozen in Time at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue

What do you see in this photo of Pennsylvania Avenue? It’s an amazing scene from the early 1900s, where you can see the Willard Hotel prominently positioned, as well as the old Washington Post building and the Treasury Building in the background. Let’s do a little analysis of this old image to see what we […]

December 28, 1925. "G.J. Mueller Fire." A five-alarm fire at George J. Mueller Candy Co. in Chinatown at 336 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., in view of the Capitol. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Photo of Five-Alarm Blaze on Pennsylvania Avenue

Here’s an article from The Washington Post in 1925 about a nasty fire in a candy company building on Pennsylvania Avenue just after Christmas. A Spectacular five-alarm fire in the wholesale candy plant of George J. Mueller, 336 Pennsylvania avenue northwest, shortly before 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon wrought $50,000 damage, tied up street car services for […]

Looking down Pennsylvania Avenue

Beautiful Old Photo Looking Down Pennsylvania Avenue

When was this photo taken? Can you help date it, because it wasn’t properly labeled. It appears to be the view down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House from the Capitol Dome. Source: Library of Congress

View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.

15th and G St. NW in 1911

I’m trying to make out where this is today. 15th, Pennsylvania, and G St. don’t really intersect. Can you help out and add your ideas below in the comments? I think we’re looking down Pennsylvania, to the left is New York Ave. and in the middle going away is G St.

Brown's Indian Queen Hotel

Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Below is a painting of Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel situated on Pennsylvania Avenue. Source: Library of Congress The hotel was located on the northwest corner of 6th and Pennsylvania and was originally run by manager Jesse Brown, starting in 1810. Ten years later, he added a bright sign featuring Pocohontas and gave the hotel its […]

President McKinley in Oakland (1901)

1901 Film of President McKinley and Parade Going to Capitol

What a cool video! This was a find on the Library of Congress website. Below is the description from the site. “This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street. The parade is headed by a platoon of mounted police; next comes the Grand Marshal, Major- General Francis V. […]

Exterior of Old National Hotel II

Lost National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

In keeping with the hotel theme this week, we wanted to share a little bit about the National Hotel, formerly situated at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave., across from where the Indian Queen was. The location is currently the site of the Newseum (one of our best museums if you haven’t yet been there). Source: Library […]

1913. "District of Columbia traffic. Stop and Go signs." A very new-looking circa 1913 Haynes roadster in Washington crossing Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

D.C. Traffic Cop at 14th and Pennsylvania in 1913

Here are two great old photos from 1913, showing different angles of a traffic stop. The car is a Haynes roadster, which cost about $4,000 at the time. That’s about $95,000 today, or the cost of a sweet new Tesla. Source: Shorpy

Grand Army of the Republic Parade in 1902

Here is a great series of three photographs from 1902. It depicts a parade of the Grand Army of the Republic going down Pennsylvania Avenue. Source: Library of Congress This was the 36th encampment of the Grand Army in Washington following the end of the Civil War. Below is the program for the festivities that […]

"Municipal Building, Southern Railway, and Post Office Department, from the Willard Hotel roof." An ethereal, almost spectral view of Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. in Washington circa 1921, with the Old Post Office tower at left. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Streets of Washington Circa 1921

How beautiful is this photo down Pennsylvania Avenue? This was taken from the roof of the Willard Hotel in 1921, at the intersection of 14th street. And, if you like this photo, take a look at this great one of the Willard. Source: Shorpy

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