Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Landscape drawing shows storefronts on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC between 22nd and 23rd streets. A shopkeeper stands in the doorway of one of the buildings. Women are on the sidewalk. A car is parked at the curb.

1920s Drawing of Pennsylvania Avenue

What a beautiful drawing from the 1920s. This was done by Susan Brown Chase. Source: Library of Congress  
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...
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....
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...
1839 print of Pennsylvania Ave.

In 1839, There Were Cows at 7th and Pennsylvania

Seriously. This city has come a long way from lost sheep and cows on Pennsylvania Ave. Check out this print from 1839. Source: Library of Congress
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...

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...
"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

Source: Shorpy 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...

Awesome Aerial View of Federal Triangle in the 1980s

What a great shot of Federal Triangle, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. You can also see the Navy Memorial under construction. Source: Library of Congress
view down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Building

Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Avenue Before 1814

This is a cool old painting from the early 19th century. It shows the Capitol Building as it would have looked during the first decade of the 1800s. Source: Library of Congress
Get Ghosts of DC by emailYou don't want to miss our best stuff in your inbox!

We'll send you our newest content as soon as it publishes. And, we'll throw in some of the best old content from the last eight years. We have nearly 3,000 posts, so you'll have plenty to read.