This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM is checking out a rare view of lower Georgetown. This photo, from the DDOT collection, is rare because so many of the vintage shots of lower Georgetown focus on the waterfront factories and warehouses. The jumble of industrial and residential buildings between K St. and M St. don’t typically feature in old photos like this.
There is so much to see in this photo, GM doesn’t even really know where to start. Unfortunately he can’t quite start with the date, since that isn’t clear from DDOT’s records. From looking at the cars, GM would guess the 1950s, but that’s just a guess.
The street at the bottom of the photo is 30th St. The large building just below and right of center is still there, part of the foundry building:
People used to park along the canal:
There appears to have been a lumber yard on Thomas Jefferson:
GM’s not sure what that huge building across the street is.
Next door to where this big building is the building where Baked and Wired is:
The sign says “Jefferson Spring Service Co.”, which was a shop that would service car suspension springs, at least according to this matchbook sold on Ebay:
The overall Georgetown skyline doesn’t look so different:
All in all, this is a fascinating shot of a time when industrial and residential Georgetown existed jowl-to-jowl, particularly along 30th and Thomas Jefferson. So much of this industrial fabric has been torn down and replaced with bland 1970s and 1980s office buildings.