Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Look familiar? 14th and Irving in 1949

Found a pretty cool photo on Flickr, posted by immediatereaction and part of the D.C. Historical Society's collection. The photo was taken by John Wymer in 1949, and it looks like there's a Chinese restaurant and bar, an Esso gas station, a post office, and a used car dealership. Here's more info. The facade of the used car dealership was saved in DCUSA (see 2004 and 2008).

The collection has lots of awesome stuff, like this shot of the west side of 14th between Irving and Park, which was all gone long before DCUSA came in, and this one of a movie theater on 14th south of Irving. Here's where you can look things up.

What's interesting is that most of the shots contain something I wouldn't mind seeing -- a Chinese place with Chinese cocktails, a movie theater, a post office, etc.

1 comment:

  1. Victoria asks - does anyone know why the facade of the "used car" dealership (which was actually more of a chop shop) was preserved and incorporated into the DCUSA building? My apt. from 1987 - 2005overlooked this view and I watched the lengths they went to to prop the facade up and build around it, but I tried and tried to find out why it was historic and no one ever knew.


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