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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Ninth and H: 1920

Ninth and H: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "9th & H Streets N.W." Home to the National Photo Company, whose work is well represented here on Shorpy, and whose neighbors we've seen here and here. National Photo Co.glass negative. View full size.

 

Washington Hebrew Congregation

Although the building that is now Greater New Hope Baptist Church is on the site of the first WHC building, it is actually the synagogue's second building. In 1863, WHC bought the building of the Methodist Episcopal Church, then on the site. It was demolished and replaced by the current building in 1897.

This is the view of the 1897 building from the WHC website.

William B. Fowler, Contractor


Washington Post, January 23, 1910.

Builders and Contractors

WM. B. FOWLER — Contractor. Concrete Pavements, Driveways, Cellar and Stable Floors, Walks, Steps, and Copings. Old Buildings Removed. Excavating, Walls Tarred. 9th and H st. nw. Phone Main 4973


Washington Post, January 10, 1955.

W. B. Fowler Dies;
Former D.C. Builder

William B. Fowler, 84, former building contractor, died Saturday at Georgetown University Hospital. A native of Washington, he lived here all of his life. For more than 50 years he had his own contracting firm. In later years his office was at his home address, 908 9th st. nw.

He was one o the original members of the Redman's lodge here. Many of the smaller storefronts along 7th st. nw. were built by Mr. Fowler. …

Glass negatives

Perhaps one of the photogs of this site could explain why glass negatives were still in use in 1920.

[Because photographic film in 1920 was not very good. - Dave]

Chicken wire trees

I initially thought the chicken wired trees were to deter squirrels, but the saplings encased in wooden boards suggests protection more from horses.

[Horses in both cases. -tterrace]

Towers still there; domes aren't

Street View shows that the towers of what is now the Greater New Hope Baptist Church are still there - though they are today missing the spiffy domes.

However, I was curious about the Star of David that's visible in this photo, atop the building's central dome (the central dome is still there today). A look through the Greater New Hope Baptist site's history page reveals that the building originally housed the First Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Yikes !

just went to google maps for the above scene, I prefer the 1920 view, the present location has lost a lot of futuristic memories.

 
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