Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“This Fall, in celebration of 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian, the Arts and Industries Building will reopen for the first time in two decades with an exhibition called “FUTURES.” Built in 1881 as the National Museum, it is where people viewed the newly invented telephone and Thomas Edison demonstrated the lightbulb for the first time.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“Just south of Old Town Alexandria, along the Potomac River, is an area called Jones Point where you will find a beautiful park with numerous playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic areas, and a decommissioned lighthouse that operated from 1855 to 1926. Not far from the lighthouse, you can see the very first boundary marker of the original District of Columbia. After President Washington’s proclamation establishing Jones Point as the starting point of the federal territory, the exact spot of the south cornerstone was chosen by Benjamin Banneker, an African-American surveyor and astronomer.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“Constructed in 1886 as the Friendship Baptist Church by formerly enslaved people, it is the oldest remaining building in the Southwest DC. Today, the reimagined DC Culture House serves as a rotating art gallery and exhibition along with a community garden.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

Since its construction in 1860, this late Victorian-style building in Penn Quarter has been home to St. Marc Hotel, Central National Bank, Apex liquor store, Sears, and the headquarters for National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) since 1995. NCNW was founded in 1935 by the great educator, stateswoman, and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune “to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“Originally founded in 1858 by C. A. Snow, the publisher of the National Intelligencer (DC’s first newspaper which ran from 1800 to 1870), Snow’s Court is one of the original alley dwellings in the district. In its earlier years, the alley was home to Irish immigrants, wounded Union soliders, and freed African-Americans who moved to DC at the end of the Civil War. Today, these renovated rowhouses are a reminder of DC’s rich history. The alley is located between 25th and 26th Streets NW, south of K St. NW, near GWU.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“Arguably, the best spot to watch planes land and takeoff in the United States is right across the Potomac river, north of the National Airport, and right off the Mount Vernon Trail. Referred to as Gravelly Point, the area was where Captain John Alexander (City of Alexandria’s namesake) had built his home called Abingdon in 1746, and where later George Washington’s beloved granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis was born. Pack a picnic, lean back, and watch the planes pass just a hundred feet above.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“130 years ago, the Baltzley brothers built Glen Echo Park from the fortune made by an egg beater patent. It was initially conceived as a center for adult education. In 1911, it became a popular amusement park until its closure in 1968. During the summer of 1960, a group of Howard University students, among other brave individuals, successfully protested the segregated Glen Echo Amusement Park despite the threats from many angry mobs. Today, Glen Echo Park is an arts and cultural center managed by the National Parks Service. It is known for its Art Deco architecture, Spanish ballroom, and the original 100-year-old Dentzel Carousel.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“The Fountain of Light and Water (frequently called Bartholdi Fountain) was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) who is best known for creating the Statue of Liberty. The U.S. Congress purchased the cast-iron fountain in 1877 and placed it at the original site of the U.S. Botanic Garden where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is today. The fountain was moved to its current location on Independence Ave, SW in 1932.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“The annual display of “The People’s Tree,” is a tradition that began in 1964. Every holiday season, a tree is selected by the Architect of the Capitol from a different national forest to be displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Throughout the process, thousands of volunteers make this exhibit possible. This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is a 55′ tall, 25′ wide Engelmann Spruce from Colorado that has been decorated by thousands of handcrafted ornaments by the beautiful people of the Centennial State.”

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Photos and words by @Pharipedia. Phari is one of my favorite photographers who contributes to our Instagram. He’s volunteered to share a bit more with us from his adventures around town. Phari lives on Capitol Hill.

“Established in 1801, at the spot where President Thomas Jefferson chose, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC is the oldest post in the Corps. It is home to the official residence of the Marine Corps Commandant, Marine Band, Drum and Bugle Corps, Ceremonial units, and the Silent Drill Platoon. Read More

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