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What Once Was

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* In 1948 President Harry Truman announced the National Capital Sesquicentennial Celebration to be held throughout 1950 -- a raft-load of events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the federal government relocating to Washington from Philadelphia. He ...

“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

New Yorkers Transform How Washingtonians Live: Washington’s 19th Century Apartment Revolution

Mrs. Cole’s Bay Window: Parking, streets, trees, projections, and the Secretary of War

The Bridge a Traffic Jam Built: Arlington Memorial Bridge

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

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