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Washington seems the eternal and unchanging Federal City with its grand avenues and stately monuments. Yet the city that locals once knew lavish window displays at Woodies, supper at the grand Raleigh Hotel and a Friday night game at Griffith Stadium is gone. Author John DeFerrari investigates the bygone institutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with an engagi ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published October 20th 2011 by History Press (SC)
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Whitney Hassell
Jul 10, 2015 Whitney Hassell rated it really liked it
Sad, but interesting. It was nice to learn about once-important parts of DC's history that are no longer there for us to see (though the author provides great pictures, by the way, for many of the sites), but it was sad, too. Many of the sites would have been saved in later times; many of the people involved in the rise and fall of the sites ended up committing suicide, which is inherently sad. I appreciated the author's matter-of-factness and candor throughout!
Barrett
Oct 25, 2014 Barrett rated it really liked it
be warned, you'll want a map, maybe Google Street view, and most likely: a day to wander the city after or while you read this book. lots of little nuggets in here, divvied up in small digestible pieces. mostly it's about places that no longer exist, either due to redevelopment or deterioration: the theaters and burlesque houses of 7th Street NW, the Central Market, hotels along 14th or the original baseball stadium up in Howard. that much is a little sad, but there are a few landmarks that supp ...more
Brett
Jul 05, 2013 Brett rated it really liked it
A fun, quick read about all that has changed in my adopted city. It made me want to get on my bicycle and scout out the remnants of all these old buildings and facades.

This book is obviously the product of a good deal of research and investigation in a variety of source material. It is a great source for factual information and would have been even more valuable if the author had decided to add more analysis and comparisons with what happened in other cities in the US.
David
Jan 18, 2012 David rated it liked it
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Vignette-length stories (3-5 pages) of built D.C. either lost, like the Raleigh Hotel, or merely transformed, as in the case of the Childs restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. or the Chevy Chase Ice Palace. Not a guidebook, exactly, compared to the other books on my shelf, but reading it will give the visitor a sense of the city's undertones.

By all means visit DeFerrari's blog for more stories.
Beverly
Dec 26, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Places in Washington DC which no longer exist. Growing up and near the District, I was happy to read of places I remembered and find out their history and what had happened to them.
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John DeFerrari was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and has a passion for local history. Trained as a writer, he has a Master's Degree in English Literature from Harvard University. In 2009, after admiring Washington's beautiful buildings and public spaces for many years, DeFerrari began writing about them in his blog, Streets of Washington . His first book, Lost Washington, D.C., was publish ...more
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