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What Once Was

by Stephen A. Hansen*

The Fosters: Three Generations of Secretaries of State

John Watson Foster was born in Petersburg, Indiana in 1836. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he served in the Civil War under both Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Sherman, entering the army as a major and eventually rising to the rank of general. After the war, Foster returned ...

A Slave Owner Once Lived in Kalorama Park

What Does the “Washington Post March” Have to Do With the Embassy of Peru?

St. Thomas’ Parish

An Endangered Synagogue Mural in the Mount Vernon Neighborhood

The Force School: Alma Mater to Presidents’ Son, a Count, and a World-Famous Aviator

The Galts and Galts of Dupont Circle

Alice Pike Barney’s Studio House on Sheridan Circle

The Future of Carnegie Library: What Might Be

All in the Family: The Cutts-Madison and Benjamin Ogle Tayloe Houses on Lafayette Square

*Stephen A. Hansen is an historic preservation specialist, Washington, DC historian, and principal at DC Historic Designs, LLC. He also authors the blog Virtual Architectural Archaeology.