This week on Georgetown Time Machine, GM explores the demolition of the former Georgetown reservoir.
The photo comes from February 16, 1932, and shows the inside of the quite fantastic reservoir that once stood at the corner of R St. and Wisconsin. The photo accompanied a short article on the imminent demise of the structure:
The photo is not terribly good, but these images below give you an idea of just how odd the reservoir looked:
As the article mentions, the reservoir was demolished to make way for the library. It was completed and opened by 1935. But some remnants of the old reservoir remain, including some of the stone walls along Wisconsin and the Neptune’s tridents along the fence.