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Matthew B. Gilmore

“Missing Bones: Exploring Washington’s Lost Cemeteries” September 28, 2016 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) will host Matthew Gilmore’s presentation, “Missing Bones: Exploring Washington’s Lost Cemeteries” at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at the … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

Enterprise over Washington: Airship history at the Nation’s Capital

By Matthew B. Gilmore “Out of the dark Northeast, under dark clouds and through fog banks, the German-built dirigible ZR-3 poked her silvery nose into an area of blue and sunlight … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution of Noise Regulation in Washington, DC

What Once Was Traffic on 15th St NW in 1936 (Library of Congress) Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution of Noise Regulation in Washington, DC By Matthew B. … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Slavery and Emancipation in Washington, D.C. – Updated Bibliography

Updated April 2016. Check here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/slavery-and-emancipation-in-washington-d-c-updated-bibliography/   earlier version here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/28441/discussions/67624/slavery-emancipation-washington-dc-–-bibliography and earlier versions back to 2001 on H-DC.    

April 17, 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