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Sears Kit Homes in DC - The Do-It-Yourself House
From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program.
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This 1924 Advertisement for the Wardman Construction Company in Washington D.C.
Explore an old 1924 advertisement from the Evening Star for the Wardman Construction Company in Washington D.C. and see what the home is worth today. Plus a look at the house and the Lighting Educational Committee.
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Harry Wardman's Woodley Park Homes
Harry Wardman was a prolific developer of Northwest in the 1920s. This ad from The Evening Star shows some of his homes on Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park.
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Why Is It Named Woodley Park?
The namesake in England no longer stands as it was torn down in 1962, but the one in Woodley Park is still there. In 1950 it became the property of the Maret School and currently serves as a library and administrative building.
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Exploring DC in 1913: Maps of Observatory Circle, Woodley Park and Glover Park
Take a look back at DC in 1913 with maps of Observatory Circle, Woodley Park & Glover Park. See what's changed and comment your observations below!
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A Look Back: 1928 Woodley Park Advertisement from The Washington Post
Take a look back in time with this 1928 Woodley Park advertisement from The Washington Post. Learn more about the Wardman homes and the area's history in this nostalgic piece.
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Never Built: Metro's Bridge Over Rock Creek
In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll under Connecticut Avenue, but above Rock Creek. These amazing early Metro plans never came to fruition. They depict the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.
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Ghost Dog Visits the Duke Ellington Bridge: Three Stories From This Historic Landmark
Ghost Dog went on a walk this past weekend to seek out three stories from the Duke Ellington Bridge (formerly known as the Calvert Street Bridge). Learn about the opening day, a 100-foot plunge, and a compromise on aesthetics to save lives.
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The Life and Times of Walter Spangenberg, Washingtonian and Naval Aviator
Get to know the life and times of Walter Spangenberg, a Washingtonian and Naval Aviator during WWII. Read about his journey from Wilson High School to the Korean War and beyond. Plus, see photos from the Library of Congress!
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Proposed National Zoo in Rock Creek Park
We are a great nation and Americans in the 1880s were proud of their rapidly growing and dominant country. But how can you truly be a great nation without a national zoo to show off all the wonderful creatures that roam your lands, as well as those of foreign lands? Not only that, how will you help preserve the species that were being decimated by the rapid westward expansion and industrial progress? A...
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Suite 870: the Haunted "Ghost Suite" at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
By now, everyone should know this is a blog about local history and stories lost to time. But our reader Suzanne commented on Facebook that we should post a local ghost story. So, I’m happy to oblige for another “Reader’s Choice.” There are a number of well-known ghost stories in D.C., many of them centered around the Capitol Building, the White House, or Lafayette Square....
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A Closer Look at the Green Home on Cliffbourne Pl. NW: 2515
Take a closer look at the green home in the "Rainbow Row" of historic homes on Cliffbourne Pl. NW between Calvert St. and Biltmore St. Dive into the history of this home at 2515 Cliffbourne Pl. NW and learn about the Speech Reading Club of Washington and Queen of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Reader's Choice: Why is Syracuse University in Woodley Park?
A curious Ghosts of D.C. reader posted on Facebook that she wanted to know why Syracuse has a house in Woodley Park. I too am curious each time I walk by the Greenberg House at 2301 Calvert St. NW. So I’m going to find out, as well as learn about the house’s history. This will be our first official “Reader’s Choice” and another “If Walls Could Talk.” It better...
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