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42 L Street: 1922

42 L Street: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Washington Times -- 42 L Street N.W." Photo of a long-vanished row house made in connection with a real estate listing. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


One of the nice things about old Washington

So many of the brick rowhouses, even modest ones, show us that distinctive, attractive brick masonry that has become a thing of the past. The stepped brick cornice at the top, the scroll-sawn ornamental wood infill over the windows, and the use of angled brick as decorative bands in the facade are seen over and over in houses around old city DC.


I lived a block south @ 42 K st in the 60"s. I remember that I could look out my front window and see over those houses. They were gone by '68. I'm surprised that there were African-Americans living there in the twenties. K street was integrated when we moved there in '60, so I believed that the majority of the residents in the neighborhood were white in the decades before. Seems the reverse is true.


Just another part of Old D.C. that is no more. This building has far more class and style than the utilitarian boxes that surround the site today.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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