Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.
Providence Hospital on Capitol Hill, circa 1910 (author’s collection).
Just a few blocks south of the Library of Congress once stood the city’s largest and most prestigious hospital, founded in the urgent, needy days at the dawn of the Civil War. Because the modern Providence Hospital is now located in Brookland, it can be easy to forget how important this institution was for the rapidly growing central city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Providence pioneered modern hospital practices at a time when Washington sorely needed them. (more…)
And thanks to Susan for also sending this cool update:
“Banners hung this week on parking garage on 3rd St NE side of Uline/REI”
courtesy Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH
From a press release:
“Karlsruhe – inspiration for Washington, D.C.’s street design
Did you ever wonder about D.C.’s extraordinary street layout?
It all began during Thomas Jefferson’s term as American ambassador to France (1785-1789). His interest in the arts and architecture made him travel extensively throughout France, Northern Italy and Germany. It was then that he also visited Karlsruhe, the northern gateway to the Black Forest. He was impressed with the fan-shaped layout of the city with all the main streets radiating from the baroque palace, which had been built some 70 years earlier.
As a matter of fact, Karlsruhe impressed Thomas Jefferson so much that he sent a sketch of the city’s layout to Pierre L’Enfant, a French-born architect who had served on General George Washington’s staff at Valley Forge. It was in 1791, when then President George Washington appointed him to plan the new capital, that he used Thomas Jefferson’s sketch of Karlsruhe as inspiration for the design of Washington, D.C. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw
From the Council of the District of Columbia:
Friday, June 23, 2017
Body will Lay-in-State
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Program Begins at Noon with the arrival of remains. Elected Officials, Dignitaries and Special Guests will deliver remarks.
* Bow Ties Encouraged
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Viewing and Religious Services (more…)
We’ve seen dozens of old Fire Department call boxes but this is one of the few police ones I’ve ever seen. From Bloomingdale.
Thanks to Markus for sending:
State Police: Decomposing body found in Allegany Co in April is that of Ariel Espinal, 27, missing from DC since Oct https://t.co/RmzfAskZdL
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) June 20, 2017
HaileyUnlikely also writes in this morning’s rant/revel:
“Sad news: Ariel Espinal, the Annie’s Ace Hardware employee who has been missing for several months, was found dead in in the woods in Western MD. Police are reportedly treating this as a homicide. RIP Ariel. Our thoughts are with your family.”
Too cool – had to share this photo 9:30 Club tweeted out on their anniversary yesterday:
On this day in 1980, the 9:30 Club opened its notoriously funky smelling halls for our very first show, and as they say, the rest is history pic.twitter.com/6GwRqrJB9g
— 9:30 Club (@930Club) May 30, 2017
Happy 37th anniversary if my math is correct!!
Today ’tis a J. Crew of course:
950 F Street, NW
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Chamberlin
Let us take a moment to pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrfice.
Photo by PoPville flickr user StreetsofWashington
StreetsofWashington writes: “A class photo from Brookland, circa 1920. Among the students are Norman Beall, Mildred White, Carl Sullins, Marguerite Kleim, Catherine Nevitt, Harold Thompson, and Harvey Carver. They signed the photo on the back.”
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From a press release:
“On the two year anniversary of the unsolved murder of 27-year old local journalist Charnice Avia Milton her life and name will be honored with a memorial cookout kicking off the Charnice A. Milton Community Bookstore. The cookout will be will be held Saturday, May 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at We Act Radio, 1918 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. Remarks from friends, family and community activists will be followed by a performance of Experience Unlimited with Sugar Bear in the We Act Radio Community Garden at 4 p.m. (more…)