Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  On May 16, 1930 Congress … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Plans for Major Rehab, Enhanced Use of Historic Carnegie Library Building Now Moving Forward

Plans for Major Rehab, Enhanced Use of Historic Carnegie Library Building Now Moving Forward PUBLISHED: JUNE 14TH, 2017 Accompanying images can be viewed on page 1 of the June 2017 issue … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 3 Comments

“Here to feast on historic places” — First Stirrings of Historic Preservation in Washington

For full article click: http://intowner.com/2016/12/25/here-to-feast-on-historic-places-first-stirrings-of-historic-preservation-in-washington/ To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* On May 18, 1932, “appropriate exercises” accompanied the placing of … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Washington DC History Books

What follows is a list of books on Washington DC history published  in 2016: The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. Lisa Benton-Short. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Yorkers Transform How Washingtonians Live: Washington’s 19th Century Apartment Revolution

By Matthew B. Gilmore* In May of 1880 Congressman Fernando Wood, former mayor of New York City, applied for a permit to build “French flats” at 1418 I Street , … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mrs. Cole’s Bay Window: Parking, streets, trees, projections, and the Secretary of War

  By Matthew B. Gilmore* What is that space between the curb and the sidewalk (or even some entire front yards in certain neighborhoods)? Who owns it, controls it, manages … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bridge a Traffic Jam Built: Arlington Memorial Bridge

By Matthew B. Gilmore* Tip: Click any image in the article to view that image at a larger size. It was Armistice Day 1921. The holiday celebrating the end of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Washington’s Lincoln: The First Monument to the Martyred President

Washington’s Lincoln: The First Monument to the Martyred President PUBLISHED: JANUARY 11TH, 2016 BY: Matthew B. Gilmore Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. On May … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The YMCA in Washington: Shifting With the Times

Washington’s Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has gone through many trials since its founding and made its home in a variety of locations.

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

What you find when you aren’t looking-curiousities in photo research-“Old farm buildings”

[click on picture above to enlarge] “Old Farm Buildings” – oops – not really. This is the Six Buildings in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Yes, a 7th … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 1 Comment