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What Once Was

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* August 1, 2017 marked the 91st anniversary of the introduction of air conditioning to Washington, DC -- which had debuted at Loew’s Palace Theater, 1306 F Street, NW. Advertising touted an indoor temperature 20 degrees cooler ...

“Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan … or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

“Here to feast on historic places” — First Stirrings of Historic Preservation in Washington

The Liquor License Did It: “Georgetown as a separate and independent city by law is hereby abolished.”

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

Kidwell’s gambit: One man’s gamble and the creation of Potomac Park