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Washington at Home: An Illustrated History of Neighborhoods in the Nation's Capital

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Washington, D.C., conjures images of marble monuments, national memorials, and world-class museums. To many, the world beyond the National Mall is invisible. Yet within an area of only 68 square miles lies a residential city of diversity, beauty, and charm. In the long-awaited update of her 1988 classic Washington at Home, Kathryn Schneider Smith and a team of historians, ...more
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published April 19th 2010 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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David
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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600,000 people live in Washington, D.C. This massive book is the story of where they live: 26 chapters, each dealing with a specific neighborhood. It's extensively illustrated with period photographs and vintage maps.

We meet Francis Newlands, Nevada congressman and author of water policy legislation, who also first bridged the Rock Greek gorge and developed the suburb of Chevy Chase. We learn that LeDroit Park (chap. 13) was built in 1873 as a gated community, its streets offset from the surroun
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Brendan Steinhauser
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting read about DC's neighborhoods. Not bad for a coffee table book.
Brett
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Washington at Home’ tells the story of the many neighborhoods of Washington as they are now defined, in chapters written by different authors having expertise in each neighborhood. Reading the book, I realized how DC neighborhoods often followed a similar course of events in the 19th and 20th Centuries (in terms of their racial compositions). Most areas initially had relatively large Black populations, whether due to the city’s southern proximity or government policies. As new neighborhoods dev ...more
Shira
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am dying to look into why (on p. 127 of "Washington at home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nations capital" second edition, 2010, JHU Press, Kathryn Schneider Smith, ed.) 4 of the 5 black landowners in what is now roughly the Brighwood neighborhood (via the 1855 Washington County assessment listing 31 landowners along the 7th St. Turnpike, opened in 1822, from Rock Creek Church Rd to the District(presumably meaning to what was then Boundary Street marking the border of the Fed ...more
Ally P
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredible overview of the history of many Washington, DC neighborhoods. Great pictures and information.
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Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lovely book for native Washingtons to understand the history of their city's neighborhoods. My only gripe is that I hate trying to read oversized, heavy books.
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Great coffee table book. I'm enjoying just flipping around and looking at all the lovely pictures.
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