This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM returns again to the wonderful archive of the Historical Society of Washington, DC for a photo of the demolition of the famous Key Mansion.
The photo is from 1948 and shows the former home of Francis Scott Key in the process of deconstruction. It was taken down in order to construct the Whitehurst Freeway. It stood, essentially, across the street from the former Exxon gas station.
The Streets of Washington wrote an elaborate and detailed history of the building. This also included its grim fate: it was deconstructed with the aim to be preserved and reconstructed somewhere else. But the entire house went missing and nobody knows where it went. (In truth, President Truman vetoed the funding of a bill to reconstruct a replica of the house using the old bricks. So the bricks probably just ended up in other projects.) Continue reading
Makeup giant Sephora is moving its Georgetown location down to the other end of M St. Right now it’s located at 3065 M St. But apparently in order to have a larger space, it’s moving to 3241 M St. Someone should let them know it’s a cursed location.
This space most recently housed & Other Stories, a hip clothing store part of the H&M empire. It was open approximately five minutes before it closed in August. (Seriously it was only open one year).
The space underwent years of construction before & Other Stories moved in. Before that it was home to the Bandelaro, a short lived Mexican restaurant that was disowned by Mike Isabella before the restaurant ever had a chance to disown him. Continue reading
Photo by Daniel Lobo.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- What the French bistro that is taking over the Morton’s space will look like.
- GM also noticed that this article from yesterday’s links also suggests that the Johnny Rockets might be losing its lease. (Which is really too bad since the chain is no longer owned by Dan Snyder, so it’s ok to visit now.)