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Vintage Vista: 1901

Vintage Vista: 1901

        This image is but one section of 10-part panorama, described by the caption below. Some (or even all) of the points of interest mentioned may not be visible here.

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "Aerial view over rowhouses from old Providence Hospital, showing E Street, Heckman Street [now Duddington Place] and F Street S.E. between 1st and 2nd." 8x10 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.

 

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The Old Location

of Providence Hospital was in Folger Square at 2nd and D Streets SE.

It was razed in 1964.

High-Class Neighborhood

The view is looking southwest with the Potomac River in the far background. Given its proximity to the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, and House and Senate Office Buildings, this is an extremely upscale neighborhood today with many of the rowhouses seen in the photo still standing and easily topping the one million dollar range.

Chim Chiminey II

I used that caption title once before a long time ago, thus the II, but it applies as well here! Everywhere you look, didn't even try to count them like I did last time.

Providence Park

I believe that where the hospital was is now Providence Park. The row houses on E, F, Duddington, 1st and 2nd are still there, and look very nice.

"Old" Providence Hospital

The photo was taken from the roof of the "old" Providence Hospital which was located at 2nd & D streets SE on Capitol Hill. I was born there in 1950.

In the 50s, a "new" Providence Hospital was built several miles north at 1150 Varnum St. NE. The old hospital was torn down, but unlike many places in close-in SE and SW DC which succumbed to monolithic government buildings and urban renewal, the site became Providence Park. It still exists and can be found on Google Maps adjacent to Folger Park.

More history can be found here.

Alas, even the "new" Providence Hospital has met its fate -- it closed its doors in 2019 after 158 years of service.

Where was the old hospital?

Been playing with the maps for 45 minutes. Been pulling my hair out. I need a Shorpy pro.

[Try Google. - Dave]

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