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What Once Was

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

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  On February 11, 1895 Congress enacted “An Act changing the name of Georgetown, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.” It ordered that Georgetown “shall be known as and shall constitute part of the ...

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

“High-handed usurpation and outrage”: The End of Washington City Canal

“Dignified, restrained, and well-proportioned”: the Making of the District of Columbia Municipal Building