Capitol Hill alley, 2018. Photo by Maygene Daniels

A Closer Look at Capitol Hill's Historic Alleys

March 15, 2018

On March 15, 2018, architectural historian Kim Williams traced the history of Capitol Hill's alleys through successive waves of changing uses, demographics, demolition, preservation, and new development. Capitol Hill's alley buildings have been used for low-income housing, stables, workshops and warehouses, garages and gas stations -- all of which have contributed to today's alley landscapes. Many of the photos and much of the information can be found on the city's Historic Preservation Office web site, Alley Buildings Survey Report:

Williams is a preservation planner for DC's Historic Preservation Office, Office of Planning where she serves as National Register Coordinator. For more than 25 years, she has been researching and writing about historic buildings and communities in DC. Most recently she has been identifying the city's historic alleyways and buildings, rural buildings and other outliers that survived late 19th century and early 20th century urban and social reform efforts, suburbanization and later developments.

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