Georgetown Time Machine: East Georgetown

This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM is exploring an aerial shot from the other side of Georgetown from where most of the shots he’s explored so far. While the shot above is primarily focused on the Lincoln Memorial and its surroundings, it still captures pretty much all of east Georgetown from an interesting angle.

The primary impression you get is that not much has changed!

But some things have. For instance, the shot (taken in January 1949) does have the Whitehurst Freeway (which was opened October that year) but it ends at simple bridge over the Rock Creek Parkway. The jumble of highways that would later destroy whole communities over in Foggy Bottom had not been constructed yet.

You can also see the undeveloped lots near the old Corcoran School (on 28th) and the Phillips School (on N), but that’s not that rare a sight, seeing as those lots were developed only a few decades ago:

Fun fact! Julia Child was living in her house on Olive St. when this photo was taken. She hadn’t studied in France yet, so she was merely Julia Child, former spy, at this point.

Other than that, GM is hard pressed to find any significant differences. On a small personal note, GM can see that his old apartment at Montrose Walk appeared to have had porches off the back:

That would have been nice when he lived there!



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2 responses to “Georgetown Time Machine: East Georgetown

  1. georgetowncitizen

    GM is correct. Some years ago, old-timers who lived in Montrose Walk during the 1930/40s told me that the apartments had wooden porches on the back, which were in part intended as summer sleeping porches in the days before air conditioning.

  2. Topher

    It would explain the Juliette balconies there now!

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