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Historical Society’s “For the Record” Exhibit Opens, Running Through July 16th

April 15, 2016

Last night, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. kicked off their second annual For the Record exhibition. The 2016 exhibition’s them was changing D.C. and will be open through July 16, 2016 as noted below.

April 15 – July 16 2016
Tuesday – Friday

10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Selected Saturdays as noted below

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition.

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition.

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. The Historical Society aims to continue the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record is an annual juried exhibit of artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., challenges local artists to create 2D artwork depicting Washington’s changing built environment. For the Record provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and raises funds to support the Historical Society.

All works except those chosen by the Collections Committee can be yours through the For the Record online auction! The auction opens April 14, 2016 and you may bid online until the closing event on May 26, 2016.

IMG_0371(Attendees admiring paintings in the exhibition.)

IMG_0368(Three of my photographs highlighting change on Georgia Avenue.)

Project Creating Movies from Old Photos Includes York Theater

April 8, 2016

This is something that is really fun (and thanks to those that sent this to me). According to a posting on Sploid from Wednesday, Alexey Zakharov “used a technique where he sliced up antique photos and then carefully animated the various elements, like people, cars, and buildings, to give the appearance of actual moving footage.” What is cool for those that live in Park View is that the York Theater (now the Fisherman of Men church) is featured at the 2:31 minute mark. Nice to see a streetcar roll down Georgia Avenue again.

2016 For the Record Exhibit to Include Photos of Georgia Avenue

February 19, 2016

For the Record 2016 entries(Photos showing the changing face of Georgia Avenue that will be in the 2016 For the Record Exhibit.)

I’m honored to report that three of my photographs depicting the changing face of Georgia Avenue were accepted into this year’s For the Record exhibition. For the Record is an annual exhibition first organized in 2015 by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s submissions was Changing D.C., and the exhibition will run from April 14, 2016 through August 2016. For the Record is a juried contest and exhibit of the 75 best submitted artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape.

I’ll post more details about the exhibition as the opening date nears.

Late 1920s Photo Shows Houses Near Lincoln Memorial

June 5, 2015

Here’s a photo of the Lincoln Memorial from ca. 1928 that I think is interesting. It was taken from the window of an apartment building called The Riverside — which appears that it was located on C Street, possibly where the State Department is today. The view is to the south.

Lincoln Memorial 1938

What I like most about the photo isn’t the subject of the image (which is the monument) but rather the view of 22nd Street. I also like that in the background one can see the early construction on the Arlington Memorial Bridge which helps date this to around 1928 or 1929.

Below is a close up of the houses, monument, and bridge construction. The street in the distance is Constitution Avenue (then B Street) and just to the south of the houses you see a trace of Upper Water Street which no longer exists.

22nd street

While this part of D.C. has been massively reconfigured over the years, the block of 22nd Street, NW, still exists between C Street and Constitution. The eastern side now has the National Academy of Sciences and the land where these houses were now contains the American Pharmacists Association.

The detail from the Baist map below shows this area in 1919, giving an idea of all the roads that have been closed, the buildings that have long since been razed, and how the area has been built up over the years. The houses pictured above are located on the northwest corner of the 22nd and Upper Water streets in the map below.

Upper Water and 22 streets(This 1919 map detail shows a largely undeveloped area around today’s Constitution Avenue and 22nd Street — among the few structures are a mix of houses and industrial buildings.)

For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. Exhibition Opens Wednesday, April 22nd

April 21, 2015

AFRH Gargoyle by Ann Elkington, one of the top five winning entries in the exhibition.

Tomorrow, April 22nd, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will celebrate the opening of For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C., a juried exhibit of the 75 best original artworks that capture the changing urban landscape of Washington, D.C. Of local interest,  the exhibition includes several artworks depicting scenes at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, including two of my photographs.

The opening will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and tickets are available online in advance.

From the exhibition Website:

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs.

Over 100 artists submitted paintings and photographs to For the Record. A panel of nine jurors selected the top 75 artworks that will be displayed at the Historical Society’s headquarters in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

The top five winning entries will be accessioned into the Historical Society’s permanent collection. All other works will be auctioned to support the organization’s collections. You can view the online auction to see all the works in the exhibition.

The competition “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.” was created in partnership with the DC Preservation League and the Capitol Hill Art League.

Do You Like Old Photos?

September 19, 2014

Those familiar with this blog know that from time to time I post historic photos of the general area (Park View, the Soldiers’ Home, Petworth, & Columbia Heights, mostly). Well, as I’ve been collecting historic photos of Washington, often times I get many photos that don’t fall in those areas but are none-the-less interesting.

For those who like looking at old photographs, I’ve begun to scan my collection and post them on Flickr — feel free to look them over. Keep in mind a couple of things:

  • Currently, I’m more concerned about awareness that resolution. If you need to see a larger version for research purposes just ask me.
  • The collection will grow.
  • The scans are only as good as the equipment I currently own. I’m already thinking of how to improve this process.

Historic Washington Images(Click on image to go to Flickr)

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