Then and Now: Can You Recognize Washington, D.C., from These Old Pictures?

Nicole Hampton

Although Washington, D.C., is a baby city compared to somewhere like Shanghai, it is still relatively old. And even through renovations and reconstructions, the history of it is still maintained. If the statues and museums weren’t a clue, respecting history is kind of D.C.’s thing. D.C. doesn’t typically demolish the old buildings but rather builds atop them to create a more safe, effective and aesthetically pleasing Washington, D.C., while maintaining the past within the foundation. Take a look at these old and new pictures to see how much the city of D.C. has transformed over the years.
National Press Building
529 14th St NW Washington DC, USA
Then:

National Press Building

Now:

National Press Building

Thomas Circle
Thomas Circ NW Washington DC, USA
Then:

Now:

Thomas Circle

The Capitol
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC, USA
Then:

The Capitol

Now:

The Capitol

Old Patent Office/ Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture Washington, Dc, USA
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Old Patent Office

Now:

Old Patent Office

French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC, USA
Then:

French Embassy

Now:

Embassy of France

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC, USA
Then:

Old Ebbit Grill

Now:

Old Ebbit Grill

Northern Liberty Market/ City Vista
475 K St NW, Washington, DC, USA
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Northern Liberty Market

Now:

City Vista

Pennsylvania Avenue
Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site Washington DC, USA
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Pennsylvania Avenue

Now:

Pennsylvania Avenue

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC, USA
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White House

Now:

White House
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