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

Picture of Nicole Hampton
Updated: 19 September 2017
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

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National Press Building
National Press Building | © Wikimedia Commons

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National Press Building
National Press Building | © Wikimedia Commons

Thomas Circle

Thomas Circ NW Washington DC, USA

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Thomas Circle
Thomas Circle | © Wikimedia Commons

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Thomas Circle
Thomas Circle | © Wikimedia Commons

The Capitol

East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC, USA

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The Capitol
The Capitol | © Wikipedia

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The Capitol
The Capitol | © Wikipedia

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
Old Patent Office | © Wikipedia

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Old Patent Office
Old Patent Office | © Wikipedia

French Embassy

4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC, USA

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French Embassy
French Embassy | © Wikimedia

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Embassy of France
Embassy of France | Wikipedia

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC, USA

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Old Ebbit Grill
Old Ebbit Grill | © Wikimedia

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Old Ebbit Grill
Old Ebbit Grill | © Wikimedia

Northern Liberty Market/ City Vista

475 K St NW, Washington, DC, USA

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Northern Liberty Market
Northern Liberty Market | © Wikimedia

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Pennsylvania Avenue

Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site Washington DC, USA

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Pennsylvania Avenue
Pennsylvania Avenue | © Wikimedia Commons

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Pennsylvania Avenue
Pennsylvania Avenue | Wikipedia

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC, USA

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White House
White House | © Wikimedia Commons

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White House
White House | Glyn Lowe/ Flickr