Georgetown Time Machine: Industrial Georgetown from Above

This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM is checking out an aerial shot from DDOT’s archives. It’s from over lower Georgetown and it was taken April 3, 1963. Check out some of the cool details below:

It has a striking shot of one of GM’s favorite long-lost Georgetown building, the Capital Traction Power Plant:

 

Here is the smokestack that is now in the center of the Ritz:

(GM has heard that when they took down the old incinerator, entire colonies of rats scuttled away up the hill.):

Here’s a good shot showing just how industrial the waterfront was well into the 1960s (the last freight trains wouldn’t rumble down K St. until the early 80s):

Almost all of lower Thomas Jefferson St. was just a parking lot at this point:

And there, in the middle of all that industry, the lovely Grace Episcopal church:

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