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  • By Robert Pohl
    Apr 8, 2009
    "John R. Wennersten (Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland)" This book is a fast-paced romp of a fun-seeking writer who was delighted to find that the house that he and his wife Antonia Herzog had bought on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. was more than just a dwelling. It was a fascinating window on District history that stretches back to the early days of Washington”s great planner Pierre L’Enfant. Originally just a lot on Square 969, the property had a succession of owners of both high and low station who were intimately involved with every aspect of the city’s history—from its founding, to the War of 1812 to the assassination of President Lincoln to the attempts of planners in the 1950s to destroy much of Capitol Hill and replace it with a freeway. Built in 1913 under the watchful eye of the well-known architect Nicholas Haller, 219 11th street achieved fame as a meeting place for John Kerry’s Vietnam Veterans Against the War in the 1960s and as a commune, for the... More > Furies, a lesbian group whose most notable member was the writer Rita Mae Brown. Robert Pohl takes the reader down through the labyrinthine channels of deed and title research, always grasping an intriguing nugget of Washington history—from transportation and the Herdic Phaeton Company’s horse drawn buses to the hurly-burly of the Washington Naval Yard. The story of 219 11th street is interspersed with the machinations of real estate speculators, the rise of the Capitol Hill middle class, and elusive characters who strut a brief moment on Capitol Hill’s historical stage. Never losing his sense of humor or ability to research a question to a fine point, Robert Pohl has shown very well that houses cast a historical imprint on the landscape that offer many insights on our character as a people.< Less
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Product Details

Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
Robert S. Pohl
Published
April 7, 2009
Language
English
Pages
184
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.73 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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