Now and a Long Time Ago: M and 35th

This week on Now and a Long Time Ago, GM stops by the old Car Barn on M St.

Above you can see what it looks like today, and what it looked like in 1894 when the crews were carving a huge chunk out of the cliff in order to fit in the giant streetcar station.

As GM has written before, the station, called Union Station, was originally built for cable cars, which is what the Washington and Georgetown railroad used for the first two years of the station’s operations.

The building continued to be used by various streetcar companies until the system was dismantled in 1962. It passed through several hands before ending up owned by Douglas Jemal. He rents it to Georgetown University for use as classroom and event space.


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