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The "Giant Tomato Can" House in Dupont Circle
The owner of the three 1887 built houses at 1640-1644 21 st Street, NW in November of 1943 was William Wadsworth
Wood, who initially had a plan to build a large circular shaped hotel behind the
row of homes on R Street, NW.   He changed his mind,
however, j...
The owner of the three 1887 built houses at 1640-1644 21st Street, NW in November of 1943 was William Wadsworth Wood, who initially had a plan to build a large circular shaped hotel behind the row of homes on R Street, NW.  H...
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U Street 1930s Neon Liquor Sign for sale!
  Own a piece of the famed U Street Washington DC History!   This
fantastic Liquor sign once graced the Egber's Liquor store at the
southeast corner of 12th and U Street, NW- America's famed Black
Broadway.  Looks to be from the 1930s or 1940s.  I was an...
 Own a piece of the famed U Street Washington DC History!   This fantastic Liquor sign once graced the Egber's Liquor store at the southeast corner of 12th and U Street, NW- America's famed Black Broadway.  Looks to be from t...
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Hollywood Oscar Winner in Georgetown: The Myrna Loy House
3522 P Street in May of 1968, Library of Congress Many owners of the smaller, wood frame houses in Georgtown often believe their house has a litany of prominent owners, politicians, and wealthy individuals - and they are usually wrong.  Those houses were mo...
3522 P Street in May of 1968, Library of Congress Many owners of the smaller, wood frame houses in Georgtown often believe their house has a litany of prominent owners, politicians, and wealthy individuals - and they are usu...
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The McMillian Sand Filtration Reservoir
            The McMillan Reservoir Sand Filtration Site,
bounded by Michigan Avenue, North Capitol, Channing and First Streets, NW has
been a curiosity with residents and visitors alike ever since its completion in
1905. The 25-acre site consists of regulat...
            The McMillan Reservoir Sand Filtration Site, bounded by Michigan Avenue, North Capitol, Channing and First Streets, NW has been a curiosity with residents and visitors alike ever since its completion in 1905. T...
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German Spies at the Mayflower Hotel? It Happened in 1942.
The stately Mayflower Hotel at 1127
Connecticut Avenue has played host to a large
variety of prominent international figures, European Royalty, US Presidents,
and Hollywood stars.   In 1942, it also housed a German spy named
George John Dasch, left, who c...
The stately Mayflower Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Avenue has played host to a large variety of prominent international figures, European Royalty, US Presidents, and Hollywood stars.  In 1942, it also housed a German spy named G...
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U Street: Storage Central
  The thriving greater U
Street corridor is celebrated as the location of
an impressive array of historical African American entertainment sites and
architectural firsts, but for many years, it also had the distinction of being
home to three large moving ...
 The thriving greater U Street corridor is celebrated as the location of an impressive array of historical African American entertainment sites and architectural firsts, but for many years, it also had the distinction of bein...
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Hard to find Records of the DC Historical Society are on eBay this week!
These hard to find fascinating books tell tons of Washington, DC history on architecture, people, neighborhoods, industry, just about everything.  All volumes starting in 1901, along with the rare indexes to make research a breeze!  Check them out HERE
These hard to find fascinating books tell tons of Washington, DC history on architecture, people, neighborhoods, industry, just about everything.  All volumes starting in 1901, along with the rare indexes to make research a b...
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History of the Maret School at 2118 Kalorama Road
The famed
Maret School at 3000 Cathedral Avenue in Woodley Park was founded as a French
school for girls in 1911 by Louise Maret, a teacher born in Switzerland and
educated in the United States.   Success
was immediate in Washington, and by 1923, the school...
The famed Maret School at 3000 Cathedral Avenue in Woodley Park was founded as a French school for girls in 1911 by Louise Maret, a teacher born in Switzerland and educated in the United States.  Success was immediate in Wash...
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Dupont Circle's Nautical Buildings - Why there is a six foot anchor at Conn Ave & Q Street
The Anchorage at Conn Ave & Q Street, NW While few pedestrians tend to look skyward during a brisk
walk up Connecticut Avenue, those that do at the corner of Q Street are likely to spot a variety of
architectural details with a nautical theme on what was or...
The Anchorage at Conn Ave & Q Street, NW While few pedestrians tend to look skyward during a brisk walk up Connecticut Avenue, those that do at the corner of Q Street are likely to spot a variety of architectural details wit...
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The Other Octagon House in Washington DC
Today considered a rare site, octagonal houses in the United States have
dotted the landscape since the 1600s, reaching their zenith of popularity in
the mid 1800s.   Washington, DC had five,
one of which was built at 1830 Phelps Place on land that is today...
Today considered a rare site, octagonal houses in the United States have dotted the landscape since the 1600s, reaching their zenith of popularity in the mid 1800s.  Washington, DC had five, one of which was built at 1830 Phe...
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History of the Whitelaw Hotel & Apartments at 13th and T Streets, NW
The condominium building on the southeast corner of 13 th and T Streets has a storied past, and a respectable place in the history of
black Washington.   It opened in July of
1919, offering African American travelers a stay in a first class hotel often
for ...
The condominium building on the southeast corner of 13th and T Streets has a storied past, and a respectable place in the history of black Washington.  It opened in July of 1919, offering African American travelers a stay in ...
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Before there was La Tomate: the Sawyer mansion
Though a major commercial corridor today, Connecticut Avenue
north of Dupont Circle and the Circle itself was originally developed as a
fashionable residential neighborhood beginning in the early 1880s.   The large triangular lot at the intersection
of Conn...
Though a major commercial corridor today, Connecticut Avenue north of Dupont Circle and the Circle itself was originally developed as a fashionable residential neighborhood beginning in the early 1880s.  The large triangular ...
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Paul K. Williams is the proprietor of Kelsey & Associates, "The House History People," a small firm that specializes in creating a genealogy for a house or building; we research who built it and when, who designed it, who has owned it, and who has lived there and what they did for a living. We focus on the neighborhoods of Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, New York City, NY, and other communities across the United States. I've published 15 books with Arcadia Publishing and the History Press on neighborhoods in Washington and my hometown of Skaneateles, NY...titles below. We've sold more than 40,000 to date! I've just published Lost Washington and just finished Lost Baltimore (hardcover, Anova Books) and am working on a "How to Research Your House History" book. I've been the author of the popular "Scenes of the Past" column for the InTowner newspaper since April of 2001. Visit us at www.WashingtonHistory.com
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