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

The Big Dig: 1918

The Big Dig: 1918

April 1918. Washington, D.C. "Downtown construction." Another perspective on the excavation work. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Messrs Irwin & Leighton

are still around, albeit now in King of Prussia.

http://www.irwinleighton.com/overview.shtml

Horizontal Dipper Crowding Motion

Kudos to timeandagainphoto for identifying the construction site: remarkable detective work.

More information on Thew Type-O steam shovels: detailed photos of mechanisms and description of operator controls.

Irwin and Leighton

are still around. The company website has a section on its history, and the Treasury Building annex is featured here.

Treasury Annex

I was stumped about the location of the construction until Dave posted this second one. The photographs are of the construction of the Treasury Annex building on Pennsylvania Avenue across the street from the main Treasury building and next door to Riggs Bank on the corner of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. This view is looking southeast from what is now Madison Place. While the rather large sign makes it fairly obvious, it can be confirmed by the building in the background on the right side of the frame. That building was on the corner of 15th Street and G Street and can be seen in the picture below (note the details around the windows).

 
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