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The Willard: 1904

The Willard: 1904

Washington, D.C., circa 1904. "Willard Hotel, Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The Willard

I was so glad when they decided to save the Willard instead of demolishing it. This view is looking up 14th St. towards "F" St one block up. I worked for United Press International for several years in the National Press Building which is directly across from the Willard on the right hand side. The Willard was closed, at that time, and was re-opened several years later after I had moved from the area. There is a lot of history in that building and it would have been a shame to tear it down.


Below is the same view from April of 2002.

Love the dogs

Just hanging out on the corner, watching the world go by. It's what dogs do.

Chancy Gardiner

At left is 1400 Pennsylvania NW, the saloon of Edward J. Gardiner, whose later (mis)management of the Grand Hotel bar at 15th & Penn. was the subject of important legal proceedings.

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