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Matthew B. Gilmore

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Hopkins real estate maps (1887 and later) offline at DCPL’s DigDC website — DCRA Surdocs alternative

Hopkins real estate maps (1887 and later) offline at DCPL’s DigDC website — DCRA Surdocs alternative DiGDC https://digdc.dclibrary.org/ The 1887 and later Hopkins atlases are offline currently (they are not … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Where did Washington DC’s 1950 Population of 800,000 Live?

Where did Washington DC’s 1950 Population of 800,000 Live? By Matthew B. Gilmore COMPLETE COLUMN here: intowner.com/2018/07/31/where-did-washington-dcs-1950-population-of-800000-live/ RESOURCES https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/what-once-was-where-did-washington-dcs-1950-population-of-800000-live/ In 1950 the United States federal census recorded the population in the District … Continue reading

August 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The D.C. Underground Atlas

Interesting map/GIS project see: https://www.washingtontunnels.com/   The D.C. Underground Atlas Underground passageways are a recurring plot device in fictional stories set around Washington. Something about tunnels and the government appeals … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

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