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Matthew B. Gilmore

Latrobe Chapter Symposium – October 28, 2017 “City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol”

City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol  12th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan …

… or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington PUBLISHED: APRIL 10TH, 2017 Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. Tip: Click any image in the article to view that … Continue reading

April 10, 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 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

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

Apartments growing more rapidly than population, while new office space lags employment growth — District, Measured

Over the past three years population and jobs in DC have grown steadily and at about the same rate. From the first quarter of 2013.1 to 2016.1. DC’s population grew … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Park service gets $90 million to fix DC’s Memorial Bridge

See: https://www.arlnow.com/2016/07/05/deteriorating-memorial-bridge-receives-90-million-for-repairs/ Press release: Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia today announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been … Continue reading

July 6, 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