On Monday, GM posted an article showing how the waterfront has changed since 1918. One element of the old photo that GM found particularly interesting was the line of buildings along Canal Rd. and Prospect St. south of GU:
From another old GM post, you can trace back through the Library of Congress to find the survey records from 1920, which show these properties:
All these buildings are long gone, but what’s really interesting (at least to GM) is that if you look at the DC zoning map, like the one at the top of this post, you can see that these buildings (at least the ones along Prospect) are still legal lots despite the fact that its owned by NPS and is just a hillside of trees.
This isn’t the only spot where the ghosts of buildings long gone still float around. Along the waterfront, the old warehouses and boathouses still leave their mark:
And perhaps GM’s favorite ghost is the Glen Echo trolley right of way:
GM likes to point out that most of the old trolley path is still owned by the city. Should DDOT run out of places to put new streetcar lines, maybe it ought to rebuild the old 20 line?