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Digging Into a Columbia Road Architectural Mystery

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The houses from 589 (right) to 597 (left) Columbia Road predate the subdivision and date to the 19th century. The houses from 589 (right) to 597 (left) Columbia Road predate the subdivision and date to the 19th century.

Back in September 2011 I mapped out the neighborhood by sorting through the original building permits to see when houses were built and who built them. There were a few addresses where building permits didn’t exist, which suggested that they were old, and the houses that are on the lots are, indeed old. Yet, when those parcels were developed as part of the neighborhood all the houses around them have permits. To start digging a little deeper into some of these permit-less houses,  I decided to investigate the houses at 589-597 Columbia Road. I’m far from finished in this research, but think what I’ve found so far is interesting enough to share.

591/593 Columbia Road, along with the duplex building to the west, were permitted to move to their current locations in December 1910. 591/593 Columbia Road, along with the duplex building to the west, were permitted to move to their current locations…

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People just don’t understand

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You know my entire life I have always been one of those people that spends a lot of time by himself.  Not necessarily by choice but by necessity for most people don’t like what I like.

Today would be an awesome example of that because I started walking hours ago and I am now writing this while at a Whole Foods grocery store.  I don’t know very many people that would have been able to hang in there with me all this time.  Or even if they did do it without an endless amount of complaining.  That would have been so annoying to me and its why I find it much easier to walk by myself.

Now many of the people that I would have invited to walk with me today would have refused not because they are unable to walk for so long but because they simply do not want to.  You see what is enjoyable to me is simply not enjoyable to most people I know.

Oh well it’s their loss really

While on my walk today I was able to see four Persimmon trees and an area that had lots of big-leaf Magnolia trees.  I also saw a chipmunk and a downy woodpecker.  Today was a pretty decent day to do such a walk as it was not too hot or too humid as far as I was concerned it was just right.

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Granted again that is a personal thing as I love hot weather when I am wearing casual clothing the warmth from the sun feels so good on my skin and puts me in a really good mood.  Also, keep in mind I spent quite a bit of time under the forest canopy of the trees in Rock Creek Park so it wasn’t like I was in a lot of direct sun anyway.

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Now to most people my walk today would sound like something a crazy person would do, and I don’t that.  You know why?

Because I’m happy!!!

Right now I am quite relaxed as is a normal feeling for me after a nice long walk.  I have largely been by myself and that was just fine.  At the same time if I had someone with me that would have been cool as well as long as they would be cool with me being a field guide.

The love of walking especially in the woods is something that I developed as a child.  At the time it was where I felt the most comfortable so while other kids were into organized sports I simply was not.  I would be in Rock Creek Park and be absolutely content in my doing so.

All that walking has allowed me to be more aware of the flora and fauna of my area and today was just another time that I was able to observe things that most people will go to their graves without really enjoying.

If that makes me weird then I guess I’m guilty as charged.

“You say pot-ay-toe and I say pot-ah-toe”. Let’s call the whole thing off.

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When vineyards were just miles from the U.S. Capitol: The wine houses of Washington, DC, 1880-1910

Great information. I was looking for ancient watercourse of DC this proved to be very helpful to me

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A day trip to Virginia wine country is an increasingly popular activity for those who live in the greater Washington, DC, area.  A century ago residents did not need to travel so far to drink the local wine.  As late as 1910, people would ride three to four miles north of downtown to one of several wine houses.  This area was known as Washington County and was less developed with estates and farms.  It is here that many wine houses were located near what is now the Old Soldier’s Home and Catholic University of America.

B.H. Warner & Co.'s Map showing a bird's-eye view of the city of Washington and suburbs. 1886. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division. URL: http://www.loc.gov/item/87693417/ B.H. Warner & Co.’s Map showing a bird’s-eye view of the city of Washington and suburbs. 1886. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division. URL: http://www.loc.gov/item/87693417/

The higher elevation of this area was known for its commanding views of the city and cooler temperatures.   It is perhaps due to these qualities that this area had…

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