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Street View: 1922

Street View: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Star Building from air." The Washington Star newspaper building at the center is at the intersection of 11th Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs diagonally across the photo. The big building with the tower us the Old Post Office. There's a lot to see here, including laundry hung out to dry. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.


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Epiphany epiphany

Re Epiphany, answering my own question: the tower was remodeled in 1922.

Also visible at the top of the photo are:

1) the original NY Ave Presbyterian Church (dark & squat). The photo doesn't show the top portion; if it did, we'd note the missing steeple (destroyed in an 1898 storm). The building was razed & rebuilt in a larger form by the congregation in 1950.

2) the old Masonic temple.

Church of the Epiphany

Unless I'm very confused, the building (top center) surrounded by scaffolding is the bell tower of the Church of the Epiphany at 1317 G St NW. Wonder what they were doing: erecting or repairing?

Re the United States Storage Co., the 10th St facade of that building remains today, incorporated into the east elevation of 1001 Penn. Ave NW.

Re: Fire

Thanks Rock for the info, it's amazing the amount of knowledge that can be gleaned from the users here just by putting up a photo. Thanks Dave.

Joe from LI

Windows Windows Everywhere!!!

This is one magnificent photo. I enjoyed seeing the overhead view of the Loew's Palace and the New National Theaters. I challenge any Shorpy viewer to count the vast number of windows that show in this field. Would it be close to maybe 5,000?

Garfield shooting site

I just realized that bottom center is the location of the train station where President Garfield was shot, 41 years before this photo (though he survived for 80 days), on the site of the current National Gallery of Art.

[The current location of the National Gallery isn't in this picture; it would be off the the bottom right. Garfield was shot at the Sixth Street Station; the intersection at the bottom right of this photo is Pennsylvania and Ninth. - Dave]

Re: Fire!

Here's hoping that H. Baum and Sons took advantage of the "Absolutely Fire Proof" United States Storage Co. just down the street for any irreplaceable items or documents!

Fire Sale!

Looks like the street on the near side of the burned out building is full of fire sale items.

There's lots of Shorpy's in there

... the gas station next to Ford's Theater
... yesterday's bus full of telephone ladies

To market, to market

The market building with the metal bay (foreground center) is the same one seen here. Also note the tall building upper-leftish with the covered airshaft or center bay. That must have been a dreary view. And yes, those are binder holes along the left. This is a photo of a photo of a photo. Imaged from a glass negative of a paper print. So we are third-generation here. Still, not bad.

Then and Now

I would love to see a shot taken of the same angle today.


I wonder what the story is on the collapsed building in the lower right corner behind the markets. Wonder if it was just a building collapse, or was there a fire there?

The 1913 Baist Atlas available from the Library of Congress identifies this as 910-912 Pennsylvania Avenue. The 11/28/21 Washington Post reports that it housed a furniture warehouse, H. Baum and Sons, that burned in a fire the previous afternoon (see "$200,000 Avenue Fire", pg. 1).


I wonder what the story is on the collapsed building in the lower right corner behind the markets. Wonder if it was just a building collapse, or was there a fire there? And Maharg is right, when you think of Washington, you think White House, and National Mall, you forget that its a city full of people just like any other.

Also notice, the Washington Times billboard just one block away from the Star Building.

Wow, how times have changed.

Wow, how times have changed. One of my favorite restaurants is now in the Star Building. I love how there is so little traffic. Thanks for the photo!

Electric Railway

In the upper right corner is the terminal for the short-lived Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway, which ended service in 1935. Pretty amazing the amount of markets and street-vendor setups surrounding parts of Pennsylvania Avenue in the central portion of the city just south.

Teeming with commerce

When you grew up in the hinterlands and Washington was, to us, "Our Nation's Capital," you didn't really get the idea that real life teems in those streets, that Washington is as much a city of commerce as it is a city of government. Extraordinary photo, a Shorpy great!

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