For this week of Now and a Long Time Ago, GM returns to the Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection for a postcard of the famous Key Mansion. It shows the former home of Francis Scott Key as it appeared in 1913 where it stood across M St. from the Car Barn.
Rather than try to recount the speckled history of this building, GM will recommend you read this fantastic piece instead.
In short, it was a popular tourist attraction throughout the 19th century, but was radically redesigned in the 1920s. It survived the construction of the Key Bridge in 1923, but it did not survive the construction of the Whitehurst Freeway, and was torn down in 1947.
Francis Scott Key Park (located just down the street) was created in 1993 to honor Key and his connection to Georgetown.