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Alley View: 1925

Alley View: 1925

Washington, D.C., or vicinity, 1925. "Alleyway." Who can identify the church? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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mdsouth is correct

Kudos to mdsouth.

The view is looking west to the rear of St. Mary Mother of God from a spot in Douglas Alley. Here's a link to a Sanborn map from 1904-1916 that shows the jog in the alley:

If you know how to read a Sanborn, pink means brick and yellow means wood frame and the map matches the photos. An "X" across the building means stable. You can see the stable door on the brick building on the right. A building marked with a small "D" is a dwelling, so the brick buildings on the left were someone's house.


The photo is dated 1925 and, but for a few small details, it looks like it could have been taken in 1825.

St. Mary Mother of God

at 727 5th St NW certainly looks like it could be the one. That would mean this alley is under the massive Government Accountability Offices now.

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