The intersection of 18th and Monroe Streets in 1928 was a bustling area with a major gas station and loads of food stores.
In 1967, the city began to demolish the Taylor Street Bridge to make way for the North Central Freeway. It was part of a Congressional plan for new highways through the city. Protests erupted and would challenge powerful forces for control of the city’s future.
A short, photo-rich history of the Brookland neighborhood in Washington DC.
Brookland once had a bowling alley with 28 lanes. The Brookland Recreation Center may not have survived, but at least the Art Deco building did.
Turning an industrial site into a public park in the early 1900s.
With a new reservoir in place, it was time to build a filtration plant to clean the water. It would be the largest ever constructed.
The story of the Washington Aqueduct that brought water into the city, and the ill-fated Lydecker tunnel.
Little Isabel Wall was kicked out of the Brookland School in 1909. Whether she was white or black was a question that roiled the neighborhood.
Slavery was legal in Washington DC until 1862, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act. Through it, we can learn a great deal about those people held in bondage in what would become Brookland.
After the Civil War, the fortifications ringing the city had no further purpose and most were soon built over. Fort Bunker Hill had a different future.