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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Cameron House: 1920

Cameron House: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Cameron House." Bonus points to the first person to supply an address or Street View. Harris & Ewing glass neg. View full size.

 

Shut that car door!

The Keystone Kops will be coming through shortly and you just KNOW they would drive by and take the door off with their car.

National Womens Party

NWP headquarters beginning in 1916. House had previously served as the National Congressional Union Convention headquarters. Here is an image in front of the house with the women about to march on the nearby White House:

Lafayette Square

I think it was at 18 Lafayette Square, since that's where Grant's Secretary of War, J. Donald Cameron, built a mansion.

Hint: Suffragette

And, the year before Women were given the vote!

717 Madison Place NW

According to this photo from the Library of Congress, this house was next to the Belasco Theater, with a "glimpse of [U.S.] Treasury building in background", which places it at around 717 Madison Place NW, next to Lafayette Square.

Meanwhile, according to this photo of the aforementioned Belasco Theater, "in the early 60s, with the reconstruction of Lafayette Square, many of the Belasco's neighbors were razed, until finally, in 1964, the Belasco itself was torn down to make way for the new US Court of Claims Building." I imagine the Cameron House was one of those razed.

Federal Circuit Library

717 Madison Pl NW.
Washington D.C., DC 20439-0001

Right next door to the Treasury Dept. Federal Credit Union.

Still There

The building is on Lafayette Square, within a stone's throw of the White House. The street in front is now a pedestrian walkway; the view here is from H Street.

[Barely visible here behind the trees, between the red and tan buildings. - Dave]


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Benjamin Ogle Tayloe House

21 Madison Place NW

 
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