05 Mar 2018


Lost Capitol Hill: The Navy Yard’s Wind Tunnel

Last week while researching tunnels, I chanced upon another tunnel here on the Hill. It’s not quite the same as those connecting the various Capitol Hill buildings, but one that came in handy in creating a new generation of Navy airplanes after the First World War: A wind tunnel. Aviation was still a new technology […]

26 Feb 2018


Lost Capitol Hill: Tunnels!

I love tunnels. Readers of this site may well have noticed this. So, imagine my embarrassment when I realized there was a whole set of Capitol Hill tunnels I was unaware of. Much like the well-known tunnels that connect the House and Senate office buildings with each other and the Capitol, these tunnels allow for […]

26 Sep 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: The Repairs and Death of the Library Tunnel

Last week, we looked at the design and building of a tunnel to move books from the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress over to the Capitol. Today, we’ll look at its completion and use – as well as repairs that were necessary not long after it opened. Unsurprisingly, the tunnel was of great […]

05 Nov 2012

Lost Capitol Hill: The First Street Tunnel

The Virginia Avenue is the railway tunnel currently getting all the press, but there’s actually a second, lesser-known, tunnel used by railways under Capitol Hill (and I don’t mean the little trains connected the Capitol with the congressional office buildings, either) No, it’s a tunnel that goes from Union Station south and west.

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