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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Cavalier Hotel: 1931

Cavalier Hotel: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Cavalier Hotel, exterior." A three-room furnished apartment in this building at 3500 14th Street N.W. rented for $115 a month in 1928. 8x10 safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Cavalier Apts., c. 1961

Looking in a south-southwest direction at this venerable structure. Image taken shortly before D.C. Transit pulled the plug on streetcars.

Penny Scale

Love seeing the old Watling scale in front of the drug store. I have one just like it. These scales used to be staples of the street corners, but now I guess everyone who cares about their weight has a bathroom scale.

Theodor Horydczak

Was a great photographer for DC's modern architects on both sides of World War II. Hope to see more of his shots.

And oh yeah, Cavalier was recently made a landmark building so now it's on the National Register. The owner wanted it on the National Register so he could get the federal rehab tax credit to when he restored the building.

Birthplace

of the Cavalier Attitude?

Ortho film in a view camera

That's the only way to take a photo of a big building. The cloudy sky comes out nicely darkened, and the proportions are just ever so. The detail is stunning - I can make out a wire hanging over the corner of the hotel.

Viewed from a car perspective, this is the "blown big-block Chevy" version of photography.

Excellent

What an interesting design! Very glad to see the proof that it's still active and unblemished by the 80 years since the black & white was taken.

Cavalier Apartments

This is the Cavalier Apartment building - it is a subsidized/low-cost apartment complex in Columbia Heights, on the west side of 14th Street just north of the Tivoli Theater and new shops and restaurants. It has recently undergone a full exterior renovation.

Still there

 
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