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What Once Was

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

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* In November of 1950 a slender pamphlet appeared, "Washington Present and Future." It was a promising if unprepossessing volume, the first in a promised series of six. Over the next six months it was followed by ...

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

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