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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Blagden Alley: 1923

Blagden Alley: 1923

"City rowhouses, 1923." A jumble of humble abodes. The latest installment in our survey of backstreet Washington, D.C., this glass plate is another angle on the alley last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

UPDATE: Shorpy member Mark H. has identified the location as Blagden Alley. The view is looking north toward the Henrietta Apartments on N Street; somewhere at left is the recent home of Back Alley Waffles.

 

Alley ways

Actually there were plenty of alleys left when I was kid. You could pretty much go from one end of town to the other just using alleys. Some were pretty nice and some were horrible. There were times when I didn't see the regular streets for long periods of time. No matter it was two separate worlds to a kid.

We love our alleys!

These particular alleys are important historically and much has been put into preserving, recording, and now appreciating these wonderful places. See this article.

Blagden Alley

The evolution of the Alley (with maps) here.

Blagden Alley

This looks a lot like the west side of Blagden Alley, looking north.

[Indeed it is! Excellent detective work. The tall light-brick building is the Henrietta Apartments on N Street NW. - Dave]

 
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