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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Blaine Mansion: 1900

Blaine Mansion: 1900

Washington circa 1900. "Jack Blaine residence." The imposing 1880s home of James Blaine, Republican from Maine and three-time presidential aspirant. The house, the only surviving example of the "castles" that once ringed Dupont Circle, is undergoing a major renovation. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Blaine Mansion (color)

Another image from the recently established DC Library Flikr photostream. In contrast to the posted Shorpy perspective from the NE, this view is looking from the SE.

Beehive

Wow!! In some countries, that would be accommodations for 25 families.

Blaine Makover

In addition to renovating the historic building, the project is adding additional space and underground parking to the east. A recent photo of the back of the house is at DC Metrocentric. When I first moved to DC, I often frequented the hardware store located on the ground floor of the south side of this building: the hardware store has since relocated due to the renovation.

2000 Mass Ave

During and before renovations:


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John Fraser

Can't get enough John Fraser! To my taste, of the American architects working at the time, Fraser, Furness, and William Henry Miller came the closest to striking a perfect balance between simplicity and ornamentation.

Continental Liar from the state of Maine

"Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, continental liar from the state of Maine!" was the rallying cry that led to Blaine's defeat for the Republican nomination in the 1876 presidential election. This lyrical accusation stemmed from Blaine's supposed involvement in a railway corruption scandal. He lost the nomination to Rutherford B. Hayes on the sixth ballot at the Republican convention. Hayes served for a promised single term, having proposed the idea of restricting presidents to a single six-year term.

 
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