By Beth Purcell
Photographs of Capitol Hill houses from the past may be available from several sources. This article focuses on photographs of existing buildings.
It’s a big universe. You may want to start by searching these collections online, and then visit the libraries and consult librarians for additional help. The box shows contact information for Library of Congress (LOC), Washingtoniana, and Historical Society of Washington, DC (HSW).
You can get quick results in your house history search from HPO’s HistoryQuest website, including who designed and built your house and when. www.planning.dc.gov/node/1203082. Select “square” from the dropdown menu and type in your square, e.g., “0788.” (It may load slowly.) If you are unsure of your square number, you can find it in www.taxpayerservicecenter.com.
The DC Historic Preservation Office has prepared a study of alley buildings: stables, carriage houses, garages, and workshops. HPOAlleySurvey092017
Go to chb.chrs.org to see the squares done so far.