Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

“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

Welcome Pierre Reception & Toast-March 9, 2016

March 9 @ 6:30 pm–9:00 pm | $30.00 The 28th Annual Welcome Pierre! Reception & Toast Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:30-9:00 in the evening  Dower House – Tudor Place 1670 31st Street, NW Washington, … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 · 4 Comments

Maps of City of Washington Wards 1801-1871

Maps of City of Washington Wards 1801-1871 after Laurence F. Schmeckebier “Ward Boundaries of Washington and Georgetown” Records of the Columbia Historical Society, v.51-52. Before the District of Columbia wards … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment