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Thomas Kenning – Interview with a Washington DC History Author

Abandoned Washington DC Thomas Kenning America Through Time/Arcadia Press/Fonthill Media. October, 2018 Tell us about the book. Abandoned Washington, DC is a collection of twelve essays and about 350 photographs … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Plans for Major Rehab, Enhanced Use of Historic Carnegie Library Building Now Moving Forward

Plans for Major Rehab, Enhanced Use of Historic Carnegie Library Building Now Moving Forward PUBLISHED: JUNE 14TH, 2017 Accompanying images can be viewed on page 1 of the June 2017 issue … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 3 Comments

Public Washington DC history resources – NARA – DC Building Permits

The National Archives (I) at Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington  is a superb public institution for researching Washington DC history. Contrary to perception it is not … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

“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

New Yorkers Transform How Washingtonians Live: Washington’s 19th Century Apartment Revolution

By Matthew B. Gilmore* In May of 1880 Congressman Fernando Wood, former mayor of New York City, applied for a permit to build “French flats” at 1418 I Street , … Continue reading

August 30, 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

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

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

DC Prisoners on the Hudson: Abraham Lincoln, Amos Pilsbury, and the Albany Penitentiary

DC Prisoners on the Hudson: Abraham Lincoln, Amos Pilsbury, and the Albany Penitentiary Published: December 17th, 2015 BY: Matthew B. Gilmore Click this to find our archive of What Once … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment
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