17 Jul 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The Decline and Fall of Pipetown

Over the past few weeks we have looked at Pipetown and the decline and fall of Pipetown resident William Steele. His life mirrored the changes that were sweeping through the neighborhood. The first major change was the laying of the Baltimore and Potomac Rail Road lines through the area, effectively cutting off Pipetown from the […]


10 Jul 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The Short, Unhappy Life of William M. Steele

Last week, we looked at the origins of Pipetown and the rather bizarre noise complaint that brought a number of its citizens into conflict with the law and into the court of Judge Ivory Kimball (pic). Unfortunately, this was not the end of court appearances for one of those fined on that occasion. William Steele went […]


05 Jul 2017

News:

Hill Buzz

  Loft Offices and 240 Apartments: The Big Expansion Plans For Union Market (UrbanTurf) District Winery Plans to Produce 20 Different Wines in Yards Park (Eater DC) Eastern Market: A Historic Neighborhood in Hine-sight (UrbanTurf) ChiKo—Casual Chinese and Korean—Comes to Barracks Row Friday (Washington City Paper) In Face of Opposition, Hispanic Caucus PAC Pulls Application for Office Near the […]


01 May 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: A Model Monitor

I have previously written about James Buchanan’s inaugural parade and the model ship built by the men at the Washington Navy Yard for that occasion. This was, it turns out, not the only time they were engaged in a project of this nature. While Lincoln’s first inauguration was a fairly anxiety-riddled affair, with war in […]


24 Apr 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The Ugly Club

It seems unlikely, but there was – for a time – a club on Capitol Hill named the Ugly Club. It flourished for a few years – in a couple of incarnations – before the Civil War. After that, it disappeared again. The original Ugly Clubs were formed in Great Britain in the 18th Century, as […]


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