Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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 · 1 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

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

What you find when you aren’t looking-curiousities in photo research-“Old farm buildings”

[click on picture above to enlarge] “Old Farm Buildings” – oops – not really. This is the Six Buildings in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Yes, a 7th … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 1 Comment