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Post Office Restaurant: 1901

Post Office Restaurant: 1901

Washington, D.C., circa 1901. "View of D Street N.W., looking west from 12th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." 5x7 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.

 

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Congress Beer

The Abner-Drury Brewery was in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington. After Prohibition was repealed the first legal bottle of beer produced by the brewery was delivered to President Roosevelt at the White House on April 14, 1933.

All day breakfast

I'll have coffee, three poached eggs on a plate of hash-browns, whole wheat, topped with a roll of "forever stamps", please.

Tracing a Structure's Pedigree

Take the third building down the street — the one with the large flagpole atop it. As the son of a DC firefighter, I recognized it right away as bearing the unmistakable signature façade of a fire station: driveway with flanking lamps, huge arched front doors, sidewalk chair, and the flagpole. With the help of an 1888 Sanborn Fire Insurance map, I can confirm that this (1204 D St. NW) was indeed the home of DCFD Engine Company 2 up until 1887. At the time this photo was taken circa 1901, Engine 2 had moved to other quarters but the building’s pedigree is still readily evident. More about Engine 2’s history here.

What I wouldn’t give to have been standing in the photographer’s position just a few years prior to when this photo was composed to witness Engine 2, a classic Amoskeag 600 GPM steamer pulled by horses, emerge in all its smoking, gleaming glory and responding to an alarm.

Back When It Really Was the Post Office

I'm going to take a flyer here and guess that the restaurant has that name because it is across the street (or at least very near) to the Old Post Office, which is at Pennsylvania and 12th.

[Which at the time would have been the New Post Office. Also known as the Trump International Hotel. - Dave]

Hints of Paris

That corner building would look at home in Montmartre.

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