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God and Ford: 1924

God and Ford: 1924

Circa 1924, "Metropolitan Methodist Church, C Street, Washington, D.C." And the Ford building next door. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. The church, at C Street NW and John Marshall Place, was abandoned and razed after the congregation moved to its Nebraska Avenue location in the 1930s. The 1905 Ford Motor Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue was torn down in 1980.


What's there today

Judging from the viewpoint (facing southwest) and the fact that the site is just west of John Marshall Place, I would say that the Canadian Embassy is what's on the site today.


What an awesome picture!

Everthing is straight, no distortion, weird perspective or barreling. And that depth of field is breathtaking.

Being a glass negative, would I be right in assuming that this was taken on a large format camera with bellows?

Wonderful architecture

What a beautiful Church building. I shudder to think what it would cost to build in today's money.

Our God Ford

Everybody remembers, don't you?, that in "Brave New World" the deity is called "our Ford."

Metropolitan Methodist Church

Why was the church demolished in 1936, it appears to be sound.

[To make room for something else. Various municipal and federal court buildings occupy the site today. - Dave]

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