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The Living City Washington DC

The Capitol of the United States, but a surprisingly "small town" within its borders.

Autumn on the Potomac

Autumn on the Potomac

Holiday lights are coming out - Oct 25, 2018

L Street service road night time Holiday Lights

Intergalactic Rhythm Ace

Intergalactic Rhythm Ace

7TH Street NW - Sept 2018

Second Story Books

Second Story Books Washington DC

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

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

Bleached Coral Reef Boxes National Zoo

National Zoo - labeled "Bleached Coral Reef"

National Press Building

National Press Building F Street Washington DC


Escalator Washington DC Metro

National Mall Metro

F Street, C.O.B.

F Street in Washington DC

Treasury Dept in the distance, National Press building on the left

Inside the Renwick Gallery

Stairs inside the Renwick Gallery

Eagle Academy

Eagle Academy M Street Washington DC

M Street

Connecticut Ave NW

Connecticut Ave NW near White House - in the rain

National Museum of the American Indian 2018

Inside lobby National Museum of the American Indian

Exterior outside National Museum of the American Indian

Canoe National Museum of the American Indian

Canoe National Museum of the American Indian

Inside lobby area National Museum of the American Indian


This Town - Washington DC This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital

A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set

Photos by Erik Weems - web site

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