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Rooftops of Washington: 1901

Rooftops of Washington: 1901

Washington, D.C., 1901. "View of 1st & Delaware N.W., New Jersey Avenue & North Capitol Street N.W., between B & C Streets, probably from Hotel Engel (C & New Jersey), showing rooftops of several buildings and U.S. Capitol in the background. See Z7-23 for fronts of these North Capitol St. bldgs." 5x7 inch glass negative, D.C. Street Survey Collection. View full size.

 

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It's you, Eugene

Thanks, Pelagius. That's it. Once you see it, you can't unsee it.

It Is Written

I think I see the name EUGENE.

Engels we have heard on high

This is indeed the view SSE from the roof of the Hotel Engel at Indiana Avenue (aka C Street) & New Jersey Avenue NW. That's the west portico of the Capitol to the right. (Delaware Avenue is nowhere visible. That's an erroneous notation in the LOC photo caption.) The old Baltimore & Ohio rail station, soon to be demolished with the opening of Union Station, is across the street behind the photographer.

The large building to the left is Hillman House, built on the remnants of rowhouses constructed by George Washington circa 1799. The original houses were burned by the British in 1814.

The entire site is now part of Upper Senate Park. No structures visible here, apart from the Capitol, remain today.

Writing on the wall

What's that written on the brick wall in the foreground? I don't mean JRC in white over to the right, but what appear to be large block letters more or less in the middle of the wall. I keep thinking I see the word PULL or FULL and then NE but just when I think I've got it, I don't.

Superb composition

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