Washington’s Lime Kilns: Creating the stuff of building
BY: Matthew B. Gilmore
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Tucked away in an obscure corner of Foggy Bottom is an odd sight — several curious stone walls and structures neatly embraced by the Whitehurst Freeway and Rock Creek Parkway ramps.
These are the remnants of a flourishing 19th century construction materials industry. Building any city requires a variety of construction materials, as did Washington; much of it was imported, like Aquia sandstone and (later) Vermont marble. Some materials like limestone required transformation on site into materials — lime for mortar, quicklime for plaster and for whitewash.
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