Ghosts of DC

Engravings of President’s House and Capitol After Burning of Washington

Engravings of President’s House and Capitol After Burning of Washington via @samedelstein

Below are two amazing engravings of the President’s House and the Capitol Building following the Burning of Washington on August 24, 1814. The engravings were done by William Strickland. The British marched on Washington and attacked the city, but were ordered to only attack public buildings. After their attack, a tornado tore through Washington, bringing rains that helped stop the fires and…

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What Did 14th and F Look Like in 1903?

What Did 14th and F Look Like in 1903? cc @thehamiltondc

Now this is an incredible photograph of 14th and F Street in 1903. The big, ornate building is the old Ebbitt House. You’re looking straight at it, with F St. heading to the left and 14th St. heading down to the right. We posted a few other great photos of the same building a while ago, here and here.

Ebbitt House in 1903

Ebbitt House in 1903

Source: Library of Congress

Take a look at the map below for some reference…

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Nationals Ballpark Destroyed by Fire Three Week Before Opening Day

Nationals Ballpark Destroyed by Fire Three Week Before Opening Day cc @FightinHydrant @federalbseball

Nationals Park in 1905 - Nationals vs. Athletics

Nationals Park in 1905 – Nationals vs. Athletics

GoDCer Rych sent in a couple great photos which piqued our interest in the fire that destroyed our old ballpark. No, not Griffith Stadium (where was the stadium and what did it look like like?), but the one before that.

The year was 1911 and the Washington Nationals(aka, Senators) were coming off a sad seventh place finish in the American League.…

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Vote in the Barracks Row If Walls Could Talk Battle

Vote in the Barracks Row If Walls Could Talk Battle

Drink Coca Cola, It's Refreshing

Drink Coca Cola, It’s Refreshing

Source: Flickr user Kevin Harper

Get out the vote for your favorite Capitol Hill establishment! We’re rolling out a localized edition of our “If Walls Could Talk” campaign. Take your pick of the three local businesses and cast your vote via Twitter, (using the links below) Facebook (click here to comment), or use the comments below.

District Doughnut: 749 8th St.…

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1920s Hotties Cruising the Potomac in a Speedboat

Don’t Miss This: 1920s #Hotties Cruising the #Potomac in a Speedboat -

This is a great old photo of some young debutantes cruising the Potomac in the 1920s.

Gardiner Orme in his speed boat at the opening of yachting season by the Corinthian yacht Club, Washington, D.C., with debutantes Sally Hew Phillips, Fanny Dial, Frances Gore and Georgiana Joyes.

Gardiner Orme in his speed boat at the opening of yachting season by the Corinthian Yacht Club, Washington, D.C., with debutantes Sallie Hew Phillips, Fannie Dial, Frances Gore and Georgiana Joyes.

Source: Library of Congress

Ms. Fanny Dial lived at 1852 Kalorama Rd. NW, a beautiful home in Washington Heights…

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What Did Southwest D.C. Look Like in 1865?

Wow! 1865 View of the Capitol from Maine Street SW via @samedelstein

This photograph was taken in April 1865, which would have been right around the time of President Lincoln’s assassination. You can see the unpaved roads of Maine Ave., SW. There are buildings in the foreground with the Capitol Building just visible in the background. The Capitol Dome is nearly complete in the photo below. When Lincoln first took office, the Dome was under construction, at this…

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