The Living City Washington DC
The Capitol of the United States, but a surprisingly "small town" within its borders.
Second Story Books
The first time I went into Second Story Books was in 1982. There was a glass bookcase facing the front door full of rare books (it looked to be under lock and key, not that I checked), racks of low priced Dover books, and shelves and shelves of used books. Not that much has changed since then, though there isn't a separated area for Dover anymore, and the valuable rare book cases move around (so does the cash register. Sometimes the register is near the front door and looks barricaded for protection, but my most recent visit, it had moved again and looked more like a miniature version of the register set-up at the Rockville Second Story Books warehouse which features a friendlier, open-air arrangement).
What has changed is the paucity of book stores in DC in general. Crown, Books-A-Million, Ollson's, Borders, Barnes and Noble, and so many other smaller operations and the (at one time) innumerable gift shops that carried a selection of books have either completely disappeared or have been reduced to a fraction of what once was. At one time I could walk from Dupont Circle to Geargetown and hit a dozen different book stores in the process, but no more.
Indicating how much has changed in the decades, consider that there was once a book bindery near Farragut Park, but it has long since departed. The occasional spread of guerrilla sidewalk book sales have also slid into the antique past. For me, Second Story's persistence seems to indicate there is yet a hard core group of customers who want to hold a physical object to read that isn't the ever present 21st century digital device.
Cannon House Office Building
Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave., SE. Washington DC 20003
The Cannon Office Building is named after the Speaker of the House, Speaker Joseph Gurney Cannon (1836-1926). The building was originally simply titled "House Office Building." It was built between 1905 and 1908, with additions made in 1913 and a renovation in 1932.
Speaker Joseph Cannon was one of the members of Congress who fought against the Lincoln Memorial being placed so near the Potomac River (in an area that was then known only as West Potomac Park) because it was still quite swampy and malaria from mosquitos was a very real fear. It was during this time period that the remaining swamp areas (approximate to where the Roosevelt Bridge is today,) were being drained and filled in. At that time, these spaces were considered remote and still wild.
John Carrére was the lead designer on the Cannon Building, and heavily utilized Vermont Marble. It is classified as being the the Beaux-arts style and is the more lauded design compared to the neighboring Longworth and Rayburn buildings.
Bleached Coral Reef
National Zoo - labeled "Bleached Coral Reef"
National Press Building
National Mall Metro
F Street, C.O.B.
Treasury Dept in the distance, National Press building on the left
Inside the Renwick Gallery
Connecticut Ave NW
National Museum of the American Indian 2018
Union Station was once a closed up derelict on the edges of a fairly rough neighborhood (though certainly not the roughest in DC), but beginning in 1983 renovations and the development of the local area transformed the venerable train station into a shopping, transportation and tourist center.
3rd and Pennsylvania 2007
Peace Monument (aka the 1877 Naval Monument)
Statues ("History" and "Grief") erected 1877 to honor naval war dead from the American Civil War. Inscribed on the base is "In memory of the officers, seamen and marines of the United States Navy who fell in defense of the Union and liberty of their country, 1861-1865" - sculpture was done by Franklin Simmons. Below the twin statues (out of sight here in this photo) is another female neo-classical figure titled "Victory."
Art of War Sculpture
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital
Photos by Erik Weems - web site