Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

The City of Our Hopes and Desires: Zoning Comes to Washington DC

 By Matthew B. Gilmore For complete article click: http://intowner.com/2016/10/26/the-city-of-our-hopes-and-desires-zoning-comes-to-washington-dc/  It had a curious beginning. The tale begins with a bit of a mystery: The August 21, 1916 Evening Star reported that … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

“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 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

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

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

Talk Dec 17, 2015-Mapping the Permanent System of Highways – DC’s “Second L’Enfant Plan”

DC’S “SECOND L’ENFANT PLAN” – THE PERMANENT SYSTEM OF HIGHWAYS Little-known 1893/98 Master Plan Guided Upper DC’s 20th Century Development Thursday December 17, 2015. Evening lecture by Washington Map Society. Held at … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 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

Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C.–book talks by John DeFerrari

You can hear John DeFerrari speak about his newly published Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. at one of these upcoming events: Saturday, Sep 26, 1:00pm – Georgetown Neighborhood … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment