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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Balcony Scene: 1925

Balcony Scene: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Stoneleigh Court." Passers-by, frozen in time. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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It was demolished in 1965

Stoneleigh Court, completed in 1902, was home to many Washington notables over the years, including Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. The view above shows the corner of Connecticut Avenue on the right and L Street NW on the left. The Blake Building went up on the site in 1966 and maintained a little hint of the Stoneleigh Court appearance.


Although I didn't "join" immediately, I've been viewing Shorpy since the beginning. You would think I would be used to finding out that the buildings we are looking at are gone. Apparently not. When I saw this one, I set to packing and calling the moving company. Vonderbees caught me just in time, and I'm sitting here in tears. Sigh. Fire hazard, whatever, they always find an excuse.

Beautiful Fire Traps

Alas, the razing of these beautiful masonry buildings had less to do with beauty and more to do with safety. A series of particularly lethal fires in the 40s and 50s, such as the Chicago Our Lady of Angels fire in 1958, led to much stricter building and fire codes being implimented in the US. For most buildings built before World War I, it wasn't financially feasible to retrofit the buildings to make them safe. Most were torn down to make way for safer, albeit uglier, structures.

A mere 57 year life

Kind of amazing at the lifespan some of these great masonry buildings had; short ones I mean. 57 years is just barely "broke in".

A Beautiful Building

Here's more information on this great building which is now sadly gone:

One-Legged Trifecta

Three one-legged ghosties in one pic.

[There are at least four one-leggers.]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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