Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

Kidwell’s gambit: One man’s gamble and the creation of Potomac Park

“Kidwell Meadows — riverfront views!,” contemporary advertisements might have read had John Kidwell’s bold real estate gambit succeeded. His attempt failed but the federal government’s long legal efforts to quash … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Zoning for the District of Columbia – September 6, 2016

New Zoning for the District of Columbia Comparison maps/new and old overlaid (PDFs): Ward 1 Zoning [pdf] Ward 2 zoning [pdf] Ward 3 zoning [pdf] Ward 4 zoning [pdf] Ward 5 zoning [pdf] Ward 6 … Continue reading

September 6, 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

Welcome Pierre Reception & Toast-March 9, 2016

March 9 @ 6:30 pm–9:00 pm | $30.00 The 28th Annual Welcome Pierre! Reception & Toast Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:30-9:00 in the evening  Dower House – Tudor Place 1670 31st Street, NW Washington, … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Map of Location of Garfield Shooting

Map of Location of President Garfield Shooting Map indicating location of shooting of President James A. Garfield (click to enlarge) showing current buildings and roads superimposed over an 1880s map. … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 5 Comments

Talk Dec 17, 2015-Mapping the Permanent System of Highways – DC’s “Second L’Enfant Plan”

DC’S “SECOND L’ENFANT PLAN” – THE PERMANENT SYSTEM OF HIGHWAYS Little-known 1893/98 Master Plan Guided Upper DC’s 20th Century Development Thursday December 17, 2015. Evening lecture by Washington Map Society. Held at … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

DC Historic District Maps page updated

Click Historic District Maps page for the updated maps of various new and updated. Capitol Hill Historic District has been updated with the 2015 expansion: Capitol Hill Historic District expanded 2015 [pdf] Other … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The “Highway Plan” in the District of Columbia–the Permanent System of Highways for the District of Columbia

Recent articles in reference to planning at Walter Reed touch on the District’s “Highway Plan”. Properly called the “Permanent System of Highways for the District of Columbia”, the history leading … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 2 Comments