I’ve spent several hours this weekend immersed in a pictorial website, Vanished Washington: An architectural eulogy of what was Washington, D.C.
I’ve found several photographs of the buildings and sites where Emmett would have seen and visited when he lived in D.C. as a Congressman between 1913 and 1917.
The wonderful thing about this website is that if you click on the image, you get the backstory of the location, a map (Baist or Sanborn) of the original location, and a photo of the building currently on the site. This is a wonderful resource if you are interested in getting a feel for what it was like for Emmett to walk around in D.C. in the early 1900s — as I am.
I’ve also identified original buildings that stood in office spaces where I work with different clients in downtown D.C. For example, I used to work for a supermarket industry association located right across the street from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but I like the original building better. What’s interesting about all of the photos is that in the 1870s, most Washingtonians didn’t think businesses would expand beyond K Street, N.W. Today, most of downtown D.C. is made of box-shaped glass and concrete monstrosities.