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What Once Was

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* Probably the most universally known image of an insane asylum in popular culture comes from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Few Washingtonians would have reason to be familiar with the District’s own asylum ...

News for the Community: Origins of Washington’s Neighborhood Newspaper Tradition

News for the Capital and the Nation: Politics and Washington’s Daily Newspapers

Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley

One Final Flutter at Benning — the End of Horse Race Gambling in the District of Columbia

Memories Fade: Washington’s most memorialized (and least known) President

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

“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