08 Dec 2014

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Architectural Gems in the Service of Sanitation

Last week, I had the opportunity for touring one of the most magnificent buildings on Capitol Hill – the large Beaux Arts building at the foot of New Jersey Avenue SW, right on the Anacostia. If you’ve ever been to Yards Park, you know exactly the building I’m talking about. Below, some of the pictures […]


13 Oct 2014

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Library of Congress Open House

I admit, this is pretty much the opposite of ‘lost.’ In fact, if you want to see the Library of Congress, particularly the main reading room, today’s your chance. So, to marginally justify the title, I will leave here a couple of pictures from their open house in February 2011.


22 Sep 2014

Lost Capitol Hill: John Collet

Four weeks ago, I led a tour through the Navy Yard neighborhood, a tour in which I attempted to recreate what it looked like 200 years earlier, just before the British came through. One of the stops was the old brewery that had been built in an abandoned sugar refinery. I noticed at the time […]


08 Sep 2014

Lost Capitol Hill: The Show Grounds at 15th and Florida

When looking for subjects to write about, I try to stay within the bounds of greater Capitol Hill, which are generally accepted to end at Florida Avenue on the north side. But occasionally, there is something close by that I really want to write about – so I’ll stretch the rules ever so slightly. So, […]


28 Jul 2014

Lost Capitol Hill: Lt. Col. Franklin Wharton's Wharf

When researching various parts of the Hill, the most interesting part is when some intriguing character becomes involved in the story. Often, they make for better stories than the actual landmark under scrutiny. This certainly goes for Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Wharton, who is far more interesting than the wharf that he owned briefly around the […]