Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
21 Aug 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Charles R. Pickford

I have spent the last two weeks talking about Pickford Place, and one of the Pickford brothers who gave it its name. Today, we will look at the other Pickford brother, and his sad demise. Charles R. Pickford was, like his brother, born in Canada, and later moved to the United States, eventually settling in […]

14 Aug 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas H. Pickford

Last week, I wrote about Pickford Place, and the some of its history. Today and next week, I will look at its namesakes: two builders who were not unimportant in filling the Hill in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Thomas H. Pickford was born in Canada to Irish-Canadian parents. He was one of nine children. […]

07 Aug 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Pickford Place

I was recently (well, not that recently, as I had to get that Pipetown fixation out of my system first) asked by The Hill is Home’s own Maria Helena Carey about the history of Pickford Place NE, and especially where the name came from. It turns out that this opened a large can of worms– […]

31 Jul 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Pipetown Sandy pt. 2

Last week, we looked at John Philip Sousa’s novel Pipetown Sandy and how it may well have been based on Sousa’s actual experiences. Today, we’ll look a little more at the geography of the book, and the central importance of the Anacostia River in its pages. Sandy Coggles’s Pipetown is pretty clearly not the actual Pipetown. […]

24 Jul 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Pipetown Sandy

We have spent the last few weeks looking at the Pipetown neighborhood, its birth and demise. Pipetown had one final moment in the sun in 1905, when the name of the neighborhood was used in a book written by none other than local hero John Philip Sousa (pic). While Sousa is best-known for writing marches, […]

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