Ghosts of DC

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

What Did Columbia Heights and 14th & Irving Look Like in the 1920s? @newcolumbiahts @ColHeights

How amazing is this photo. 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 Bros. Co was located at 3103 14th St. NW. Check out the mapwe posted earlier. You can clearly see the…

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9th and G Street Looked Very Different in 1922

9th and G Street Looked Very Different in 1922 cc @ZaytinyaDC

How awesome is this old photo of 9th St. NW? According to the Library of Congress, this is from 1922, although it was mislabeled 9th and S St. Moore’s Rialto was located at 713 9th St. NW, which is close to G St. NW. I believe you’re looking at 9th St. heading north toward the left and G St. heading to the right.

9th St. NW

9th St. NW

Source: Library of Congress

And here’s the map of the block from 1919.…

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A Call to Arms After the Burning of Washington

A Call to Arms After the Burning of Washington

We found a couple of fascinating pages out of two newspapers from the days following the Burning of Washington. Both papers, The Columbian – out of New York City – and the Federal Republican – out of Georgetown, give the news that the nation’s capital has fallen, while also issuing a call to arms to all citizens.

Since the articles are from 200 years ago, they are somewhat difficult to read, but…

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British Troops Regret Burning Washington, Madison’s Cabinet Slow to React

British Troops Regret Burning Washington, Madison’s Cabinet Slow to React

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Article from The Washington Times on August 23, 1914 – the day before the century anniversary of the Burning of Washington – source Library of Congress

We’re coming up on the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington. On the 100th anniversary, the Washington Times wrote a long retrospect on what happened, along with reactions from some of the players.

The Times writes on August 23, 1914, of…

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