Archive for January 23, 2009

If You Just Can’t Wait for Spring, This May Help

Posted in Mall (The), Plants & Gardening on January 23, 2009 by Kent

orchidsOrchids Through Darwin’s Eyes, the 15th Annual Orchid Exhibit, will open tomorrow at the National Museum of Natural History and run until April 26.  This exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian’s Horticulture Services Division in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden. If you plan on taking Metro, the closest stops would be Smithsonian or Federal Triangle.  More Details>>

Lost Washington

Posted in Capitol Hill, Lost Washington, Persico, Luigi (1791-1860), Sculpture on January 23, 2009 by Kent

discoveryLuigi Persico’s Discovery of America was displayed to the left of the large staircase of the east façade of the U.S. Capitol and was a companion piece to Greenough’s sculpture The Rescue which was featured yesterday. Like The Rescue, Discovery of America was removed from view in 1958 and is in storage. It is said to be in poor condition.

Then and Now

Posted in Art Deco, Downtown, Hotels, Then and Now on January 23, 2009 by Kent

harveys-and-mayflowerThen: The Mayflower on Connecticut showing Harvey’s restaurant in the foreground ca. 1930.

003Now: The Mayflower is all that is left on the block from that era.

Washington, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon Railway

Posted in Downtown, Street Cars, Train Stations on January 23, 2009 by Kent

pennsylvania-ave Opened in 1892 between Alexandria and Mount Vernon, the Washington, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon Railway was extended in 1896 across the Long Bridge to downtown Washington, D.C., terminating at the southwest corner of 12th and D Streets, NW, near the present location of the Federal Triangle Metro Station.

Functioning as an interurban, by 1906,the railway had transported 1,743,734 passengers along its routes with 92 daily trains. The company went through a few mergers and separations before the company went into receivership in 1923 when buses became the dominant form of local public transportation.

The last trolleys of the line ran on January 18, 1932.

Tuxedos Everywhere

Posted in Inaugurations on January 23, 2009 by Kent

004I’ve found it interesting how many tuxedos have been roaming the city streets these days. Since Wednesday morning, I’ve seen several racks outside of menswear shops, this photo in front of the Mens Warehouse on Connecticut.


Posted in Park View, Streetlamps on January 23, 2009 by Kent

park-view-streetlampThis streetlamp was on Princeton St., NW, and was from a photo taken ca. 1918.

This Date in History

Posted in January on January 23, 2009 by Kent

January 23, 1789: Georgetown University is established.Georgetown