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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Inquire Within: 1922

Inquire Within: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Southwest corner, 17th and Eye streets Northwest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Holmes Home

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. lived on that block at the time at 1720 Eye. I found a very small picture of him in front of the house here.

Riding back in time

That's neat!

I ride past this spot just about every day. The streetcar tracks were on 17th Street. I think they are still there in some spots under the asphalt. On a hot day you used to be able to see the outline of the tracks. There are some streets in Georgetown where the tracks remain uncovered.

Parallel Dimension

Now that is some impressive parallel parking. Consider the fact there was no power steering in those buggies. You better have some powerful arms if you expect to get home before everyone else.

What a change

I work a block east of this location on I Street NW and I'd never recognize this corner from the picture. It has undoubtedly gone totally from residential to commercial during the preceding 80 years. Sad really, as these townhouses had such style and individuality that is truly lacking in the D.C. area subdivisions of today.

Pollok Mansion

The grand building on the corner was built by lawyer and real estate investor Anthony Pollok, sometime before 1879. The building to the south (left) on 17th was built by the architectural firm of Hornblower & Marshall for Dr. John McCalla. Pollok and his wife drowned in a maritime accident in 1898.

Now that's what I call a building

The detail is just stunning. I'm sure it was torn down to make way for a corner 7-11 or something. Anyone know if it's still standing? Any current pics?


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