Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

House History Research Workshop – May 6

House History Day Research Workshop HumanitiesDC is excited to present the House History Day Research Workshop, in collaboration with the Library of Congress. REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-history-day-research-workshops-tickets-34077225900 Who: These workshops are open to … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

“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

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

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

“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

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 · 6 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

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