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Window on Washington: 1939

Window on Washington: 1939

An uncredited view of Washington, D.C., circa 1939. Who'll be the first to drop a pin on the map and tell us where this is? In the meantime, let's settle in and wait for Lars Thorwald to get home. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.


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Hambo's right!

Based on the sight lines, the photo was taken from the southeast corner of the rooftop of the eight story building at 1125 12th St. NW. The odd-shaped corner of the brick building on the right is the northeast corner of the seven story building at 1116 12th St. NW. The elongated turret has been trimmed but the street-side peak still survives on the townhouse at 1113 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The buildings to the left, as well as those across the street are long gone.

John Nourse House

The building at far left appears to be the John Nourse House at 1107 Massachusetts Ave., NW. It was built c.1840 and is currently on the market with an asking price of $3.6M.

Burke Park

This is taken from the roof or rear window of a building at 1121 12th Street NW, looking south across Burke Park at buildings on L Street.

The statue pedestal visible is for Edmund Burke.


What, I wonder, is the oddly-shaped roof covering?

[A turret, perhaps over a stairwell. - Dave]

You wait for Lars.

I'm waiting for Miss Torso.

Grace Under Pressure

I don't see Lisa anywhere. Not investigating, I take it.

Nice view though.

Settle down over there!

Don't let Dave's oblique reference put a Burr under your saddle!!!

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