Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

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

Slide deck: Coming to Washington – 1800 – Humanitini 1 – 2016

January 7, 2016 Humanitini: DC’s Tapestry of Regional Cultures Busboys and Poets – Brookland Since its founding, Washington, DC has reflected the regional cultures brought to the city by waves … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The YMCA in Washington: Shifting With the Times

Washington’s Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has gone through many trials since its founding and made its home in a variety of locations.

November 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

DC Historic District Maps page updated

Click Historic District Maps page for the updated maps of various new and updated. Capitol Hill Historic District has been updated with the 2015 expansion: Capitol Hill Historic District expanded 2015 [pdf] Other … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Historic District Proposed for GWU/West End

click here for largerPDF of George Washington/West End Historic District map Click here for: George Washington University West End Historic District Nomination Case 14-12 Here’s a snippet: The George Washington/West … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment