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Vintage photos of:
The Chamberlin, a gigantic Queen Anne-style hotel designed by the firm of Smithmeyer and Pelz, architects of the Library of Congress, opened in 1894 and was destroyed by fire in 1920.
1905. "Hotel Chamberlin and government dock, Old Point Comfort, Virginia." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
A spectacular fire that spread with a rapidity that stunned firemen virtually destroyed the five-story warehouse of S. Kann & Sons, at Eighth and D streets northwest, shortly after 7 o'clock last night. Merchandise valued at $175,000 was destroyed by the fire, which raced through the building as though fanned by a giant bellows.
It is believed that a cigarette was accidentally thrown into a basket of excelsior and that the basket was moved into the packing room from the street. -- Washington Post
January 10, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Fire at S. Kanns warehouse, Eighth and D streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.