Apollo 11 Celebration

You’ve probably seen this image all over the news this week. With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Air and Space Museum has been projecting Apollo 11 on the Washington Monument. If you haven’t seen it in person, it will be projected again tonight and tomorrow, along with other activities at the museum …

McMillan Sand Filtration Site

If you have driven around D.C., you’ve probably seen these strange towers at some point, hidden behind a chain-link fence by Michigan Avenue near the hospital complex. These silos are part of the McMillan Sand Filtration site, a cutting-edge water filtration system when it was built in 1905. It was great for the city, helping …

The White House fence – a dramatic change is coming

If you walked by the White House anytime in the past hundred years or so, you would have seen pretty much the same fencing. But sometime this summer, construction will start on a new fence that is much taller and will significantly change views of the White House. The current fence is eight feet high, …

The Carnegie Library – then and now

The Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square has gone through many transformations since it opened in 1903. The newest version of it opened less than a week ago, featuring an Apple store. Since the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, Apple had to preserve the facade, adding just a small Apple logo …

Historic Preservation, of a sort

There are many odd buildings and many secretive buildings in D.C., but this building on 8th Street combines both oddity and secrecy in rare form. If you look up along the block of 8th St between D and E Streets, you’ll see some facades that look like a child has drawn them. The full effect …