DC Urban History

1962 SPECIAL REPORT: “THE NEGRO IN WASHINGTON D.C.”

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Washington Monument’s Original Design

Dec 20th, 2017 | By

  Washington Monument’s Original Design This print shows Robert Mills’ original design for the Washington Monument, clearly a far more elaborate and ornate version of what we have today. Source: Library of Congress Check this out »

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What Did Metro Center Look Like Under Construction in 1973?

Dec 16th, 2017 | By

  What Did Metro Center Look Like Under Construction in 1973? Check out this great set of photos from 1973, showing construction of Metro Center underground. Also, don’t miss these other great old Metro photos showing Dupont Circle we posted a while ago. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress Check this out »

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Then and Now: The Anacostia Bank

Dec 12th, 2017 | By

The photo is from around 1918. It’s the old Anacostia Bank, which is still standing. – click image for more – The Anacostia Bank, 2021 Nichols Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., decorated for a parade Source: Library of Congress Now check out the today view in Google Street View. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=2021+mlk+ave+dc&layer=c&sll=38.866378,-76.989431&cbp=13,328.68,,0,-8.64&cbll=38.866236,-76.989153&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2021+Martin+Luther+King+Jr+Ave+SE,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20020&ll=38.866378,-76.989431&spn=0.005889,0.011362&t=m&z=14&iwloc=A&panoid=fReLHlBKNRjVEeqA1XYWug&source=embed&output=svembed] Here’s another one of the bank
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What Did Metro Center Look Like in 1930?

Dec 10th, 2017 | By

  What Did Metro Center Look Like in 1930? This is what the area around today’s Metro Center looked like in 1930. This photo shows 13th and G St. on May 9th, 1930. Of course, don’t miss the Wilkins Coffee sign in the image below and then check out this photo of Robert DeNiro’s doppelganger.
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