Monday, April 20, 2009

Navigating the Hill’s History

From the Washington Business Journal
Edward Redmond had no trouble showing a group of about 10 visitors circled around him Wednesday morning the locations of several familiar Southeast landmarks on a map of Capitol Hill: Pete’s Diner, the Starbucks on Pennsylvania Avenue and the Cannon House Office Building.

But Redmond, a Library of Congress cartographic reference specialist, wasn’t looking at a typical tourist map, and his visitors — Capitol Hill residents — had a much more intimate knowledge of the neighborhood than the average tourist. He was examining a 1903 map that detailed the Hill’s streets down to the physical characteristics of the houses on each block, making it easy to identify where modern-day structures would have fit into the city’s grid more than 100 years ago.

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