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Then & Now: Corner of 9th & G Streets NW

In many ways, the corner of 9th and G Streets NW is in a different world than it was in the 1920s. But even today, it's recognizable by the architecture and remains a transit hub.

Corner of 9th & G Streets NW, circa 1920s. Photo from the Library of Congress.

President Lincoln's second inaugural party in March 1865 took place at the Old Patent Office Building at this intersection. Today, that structure is home to the National Portrait Gallery.

The corner is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library and an entrance to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station.

In the old image, streetcars prepare to head northbound on 9th Street NW, now a one-way southbound street. Clumps of snow are melting in the street. American flags hang between the columns of the Old Patent Office Building. Across the street a dentist and cigar shop are where today is a YWCA and a Segway tour company.

Corner of 9th & G Street NW, January 2012. Photo by the author.
John Muller is an associate librarian, journalist and historian. He has written two books, Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC, Mark Twain in Washington, DC, and also writes at Death and Life of Old Anacostia


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Most of the buildings on F Street look to be intact, if only really as facades.

by Tim on Jan 12, 2012 4:30 pm • linkreport

Street cars in the 20s, but no bike lanes.

by Jack Love on Jan 12, 2012 4:46 pm • linkreport

No, I think they shoveled the snow into the bike lanes then too.

by ah on Jan 12, 2012 4:58 pm • linkreport

Awesome! I love these then and now photos.

by Fitz on Jan 13, 2012 12:21 am • linkreport

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