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Using the map program that GM wrote about yesterday, GM pulled together the GIF above showing how Georgetown developed since 1790.
A caveat: This shows when buildings that are still standing were built. So it fails to capture most of the 18th century and very early 19th century buildings that once stood in Georgetown.
That said, this does demonstrate that as much as Georgetown gets a reputation for “colonial” architecture, the vast majority of buildings that are still around were built in the late 19th century, i.e. Victorian.
Nonetheless, it’s somewhat mesmerizing to watch the neighborhood swell up over the time lapse.
A great new map put out by the DC Historic Preservation Office can tell you exactly when your house was built (sort of).
Go to this site and use the map to find your house (or whatever house you’re interested in) and click it. A box will pop up telling you information about the property. Typically this includes the date the original building permit was issued and to whom. For some properties it has the original resident or its purpose.
This is fantastic information, especially because on most DC records, if a house was built before 1900, it simply lists 1900 as the year of construction. You see that a lot in real estate listings. This should improve upon that. Continue reading