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Matthew B. Gilmore

Walking Tour: East Foggy Bottom – May 20, 2017

Walking Tour: East Foggy Bottom Saturday, May 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Meet at: The Octagon, 1799 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 Price: $10 for students & … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration PUBLISHED: MARCH 14TH, 2017 http://intowner.com/2017/03/14/georgetown-becomes-colonial-reborn-at-200-georgetowns-1951-bicentenary-celebration/ By Matthew B. Gilmore* For three days in 1951, between April 12th and 14th, … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Liquor License Did It: “Georgetown as a separate and independent city by law is hereby abolished.”

 By Matthew B. Gilmore* COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE: http://intowner.com/2016/11/19/the-liquor-license-did-it-georgetown-as-a-separate-and-independent-city-by-law-is-hereby-abolished/  On February 11, 1895 Congress enacted “An Act changing the name of Georgetown, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.” It … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The City of Our Hopes and Desires: Zoning Comes to Washington DC

 By Matthew B. Gilmore For complete article click: http://intowner.com/2016/10/26/the-city-of-our-hopes-and-desires-zoning-comes-to-washington-dc/  It had a curious beginning. The tale begins with a bit of a mystery: The August 21, 1916 Evening Star reported that … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walking Tour – Foggy Bottom: Washington in Miniature

Date Saturday, October 15 2016 Time 2:00pm-4:00pm Location Foggy Bottom Metro Station entrance REGISTER: http://bit.ly/2dkGoVH Join AIA|DC and architectural historian Matthew Gilmore for an exploration of the little-known aspects of Foggy … Continue reading

October 2, 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

Petworth that never was: curious case of the missing plat

Matthew B. Gilmore, April 2016 Property subdivision related to development rarely generates much controversy. The case of Petworth is an exception–an interesting curiosity in the development of the District of … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why is there No 1100 Block of Wisconsin?

Originally posted on The Georgetown Metropolitan:
There’s no L St. in Georgetown. You can walk straight from K St. to M St. without passing their middle sibling. And partially as…

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

“High-handed usurpation and outrage”: The End of Washington City Canal

Benjamin Severson was incensed. The work he’d devoted so much time and energy into had been undone. Despite many critics, Severson, a civil engineer and foreman under Montgomery Meigs for … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Irish Washington DC – some sources

Irish Washington DC originally here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/bibliography-irish-washington-dc/ St. Patrick’s Day in Washington DC in 1854. Old St. Patrick’s Church, 10th & F Sts., N.W. [LC-DIG-npcc-28305 / LC-F8122- 44637 [P&P]] New St. Patrick’s Church, … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · Leave a comment