A report on Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)

Map of Washington, D.C., with Georgetown highlighted in maroon.
Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, designed by James Renwick Jr. in 1850, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bank on the corner of M Street & Wisconsin Avenue
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
The Old Stone House, built 1765, is the oldest house in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown around 1862. Overview of the C&O Canal, Aqueduct Bridge at right, and unfinished Capitol dome in the distant background.
Sailing vessels docked at the Georgetown waterfront, c. 1865
Children playing on sidewalk in Georgetown during the Great Depression, Carl Mydans, 1935
The Washington Harbour complex located on the Potomac River. Healy Hall is visible in the background.
Shops along Wisconsin Avenue
Hyde-Addison School
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Healy Hall at Georgetown University.
Francis Scott Key Bridge across the Potomac River, connecting Georgetown to Rosslyn, Virginia
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through Georgetown.
Enlargeable diagram of Washington area trolley lines:
Orange = Washington, Arlington & Mount Vernon Electric Railway.
Blue = Washington, Arlington & Falls Church Railway (WA&FC).
Yellow = Nauck (Fort Myer) line of WA&FC.
Light green = W&OD Bluemont Division.
Dark green = W&OD Great Falls Division.
The "Exorcist steps"

Historic neighborhood and commercial and entertainment district located in Northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River.

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Map of Washington, D.C., with Georgetown highlighted in maroon.

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Washington, D.C.

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Capital city and federal district of the United States.

Capital city and federal district of the United States.

Looking West at the Capitol & the Mall, Washington DC
Historical coat of arms, as recorded in 1876
Following their victory at the Battle of Bladensburg (1814), the British entered Washington, D.C., burning down buildings, including the White House.
President Abraham Lincoln insisted that construction of the United States Capitol dome continue during the American Civil War (1861).
Crowds surrounding the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool during the March on Washington, 1963
Satellite photo of Washington, D.C. by ESA
The Washington Monument, seen across the Tidal Basin during 2007's National Cherry Blossom Festival
The L'Enfant Plan for Washington, D.C., as revised by Andrew Ellicott in 1792
Looking Northwest at the Mall, Washington DC
Looking West from RFK Stadium, Washington DC
Construction of the 12-story Cairo Apartment Building (1894) in the Dupont Circle neighborhood spurred building height restrictions.
The Georgetown neighborhood is known for its historic Federal-style rowhouses. In the foreground is the 19th century Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
Meridian Hill Park, in Columbia Heights
Map of racial distribution in Washington, D.C., according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
D.C. police on Harley-Davidson motorcycles escort a protest in 2018.
Federal Triangle, between Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The U.S. federal government accounts for about 29% of D.C. jobs.
The Lincoln Memorial receives about six million visits annually.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest research and museum complex. Like its administration building, known as The Castle, many of its museums are on the National Mall.
The National Gallery of Art
The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts is home to the Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra.
Nationals Park in the Navy Yard area on the Anacostia River
is the home of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
The hometown Washington Capitals NHL hockey team plays in Penn Quarter's Capital One Arena; the arena is also home to the Washington Wizards NBA basketball team.
One Franklin Square: The Washington Post Building on Franklin Square
The Watergate complex was the site of the Watergate Scandal, which led to President Nixon's resignation.
The John A. Wilson Building houses the offices of the mayor of Washington and the Council of the District of Columbia.
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, once the world's largest office building, houses the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
The Library of Congress is one of the world's largest libraries, with more than 167 million cataloged items.
Georgetown Day at Georgetown University
A Blue Line train at Farragut West, an underground station on the Washington Metro
Washington Union Station is one of the busiest rail stations in the United States.
I-66 in Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Power Plant, built to supply energy for the U.S. Capitol Complex, is under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol.

In 1801, the territory, formerly part of Maryland and Virginia (including the settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria), officially became recognized as the federal district.

Georgetown University

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John Carroll, the founder of Georgetown University
The proposal for a school at Georgetown was conceived in 1787, after the American Revolution allowed for the free practice of religion.
Union soldiers on the Potomac River across from Georgetown University in 1861
Patrick Francis Healy helped transform the school into a modern university after the Civil War.
Healy Hall houses classrooms and the university's executive body.
Students studying outside Wolfington Hall Jesuit Residence
Carroll Parlor, a dedicated study room for senior undergraduates inside Healy Hall
Georgetown Medical School accounts for a significant portion of the university's research funding, mostly received from the U.S. government.
Georgetown University's main campus is built on a rise above the Potomac River.
Healy Hall at sunset
Law School campus on Capitol Hill
Georgetown opened a building for the School of Continuing Studies in Downtown D.C. in 2013.
Villa Le Balze in Fiesole, Italy, hosts interdisciplinary studies.
Students celebrate Georgetown Day in late spring with a campus carnival.
Students volunteer at a D.C. inner-city school.
Students demonstrate and pass through Red Square, the center of student activism on Georgetown University's campus.
The Hoya student newspaper office in the Leavey Center
3401 Prospect St, former home to ΔΦΕ
Gaston Hall is a venue for many events, such as speeches from U.S. President Barack Obama.
Basketball stars including Roy Hibbert have led the Hoyas to eight Big East championships.
Graduation ceremonies taking place inside Gaston Hall
Georgetown University, Aerial view

Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise ten undergraduate and graduate schools, including the Walsh School of Foreign Service, McDonough School of Business, Medical School, Law School, and a campus in Qatar.

Arlington County, Virginia

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County in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

County in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Map of the District of Columbia in 1835, prior to the retrocession of Alexandria County
Arlington National Cemetery sits on land confiscated from Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The façade of Arlington House appears on Arlington's seal, flag, and logo.
1878 map of Alexandria County, now (with the removal of Alexandria City) Arlington County
The former Arlington County seal, used from June 1983 to May 2007
Netherlands Carillon
The former Navy Annex and the Air Force Memorial
The Pentagon being reconstructed in February 2002, after the September 11 attacks.
Aerial view of a growth pattern in Arlington County, Virginia. High density, mixed-use development is often concentrated within 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the County's Metrorail rapid transit stations, such as in Rosslyn, Courthouse, and Clarendon (shown in red from upper left to lower right).
Arlington children celebrate Halloween.
Low-rise residential structures help make up the real estate inventory in Arlington.
1812 N Moore (right) and Turnberry Tower (left)
Park Four, former US Airways headquarters in Crystal City
Virginia Hospital Center, the largest employer in Arlington County
Arlington Memorial Amphitheater hosts major Veterans Day and Memorial Day events.
The Marine Corps Memorial, commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial.
The Pentagon, looking northeast with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in the distance
I-395 southbound in Arlington, near the Pentagon
Arlington is home to the first suburban Washington Metro stations.
Arlington has a bicycle sharing service provided by Capital Bikeshare. Shown is the rental site located near Pentagon City Metro station.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Several hybrid taxis at Pentagon City
The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
USS Arlington (LPD-24) is the third US Navy ship named for Arlington.
The former Arlington County seal, used from June 1983 to May 2007
Arlington County National Gateway
Arlington County IDA Potomac Yard
Arlington County Aquatic & Fitness Center
Arlington County Virginia Tech Innovative Campus Project

When Congress arrived in the new capital, they passed the Organic Act of 1801 to officially organize the District of Columbia and placed the entire federal territory, including the cities of Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria, under the exclusive control of Congress.

Key Bridge (Washington, D.C.)

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Key Bridge under construction, c. 1920
The Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn, the company's oldest hotel, and a minor location in the Watergate scandal (2009)
Southern terminus of Key Bridge and remaining pier and abutment of Aqueduct Bridge (2005)
View of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, US 29, over the Potomac River from Georgetown
Key Bridge (Washington DC) Looking West
Key Bridge (Washington DC)
Key Bridge (Washington DC)
Boats docked beside the Key Bridge in Georgetown

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, more commonly known as the Key Bridge, is a six-lane reinforced concrete arch bridge conveying U.S. Route 29 (US 29) traffic across the Potomac River between the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia, and the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Completed in 1923, it is Washington's oldest surviving road bridge across the Potomac River.

Alexandria, Virginia

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Independent city in the northern region of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Independent city in the northern region of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Map of Alexandria County (1878), including what is now Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. Map includes the names of property owners at that time. City boundaries roughly correspond with Old Town.
Slave ship taking on slaves at the Alexandria waterfront in 1836. Alexandria's slave trade made Virginia a more pro-slavery state after retrocession.
Map of Alexandria showing the forts that were constructed to defend Washington during the Civil War
A bird's eye view of Alexandria from the Potomac in 1863. Fort Ellsworth is visible on the hill in the center background.
Child laborers working at a glass factory in Alexandria, 1911. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Confederate Memorial on George Washington Memorial Parkway (circa 1920)
First city library location within an apothecary shop
Alexandria VA, Hoffman Towne Center, Looking Northeast
Alexandria VA, The Thornton
Alexandria waterfront, along the Potomac River
Hoffman Town Center, a mixed-use retail and office development in the Eisenhower Valley
One of the many restaurants that line King Street in Old Town
Old Town Alexandria in March 2003, as seen from the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
Alexandria Torpedo Factory (waterfront side)
Old Town Alexandria.
Ole Towne, Alexandria, VA
Ole Towne, Alexandria VA
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Entrance to Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus
Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, VA
George Washington Masonic National Memorial and elevated Blue Line Metro tracks seen from a high-rise on Eisenhower Avenue
Southbound Amtrak train at Alexandria's Union Station
I-95/I-495 (the Capital Beltway) in Alexandria
Marina behind the Torpedo Factory

As competition grew with the port of Georgetown and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal fostered development on the north side of the Potomac River, Alexandria's economy stagnated; at the same time, residents had lost any representation in Congress and the right to vote, and were disappointed with the negligible economic benefit (on the Alexandria side) of being part of the national capital.

Shops along Wisconsin Avenue, as viewed from M Street, N.W., in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin Avenue

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Major thoroughfare in Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs.

Major thoroughfare in Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs.

Shops along Wisconsin Avenue, as viewed from M Street, N.W., in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin Avenue in Cathedral Heights
The commercial corridor along Wisconsin Avenue (Maryland Route 355) in Bethesda, Maryland
Wisconsin Avenue street sign

The southern terminus begins in Georgetown just north of the Potomac River, at an intersection with K Street under the elevated Whitehurst Freeway.

Northwest (Washington, D.C.)

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Northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, and is located north of the National Mall and west of North Capitol Street.

Northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, and is located north of the National Mall and west of North Capitol Street.

Northwest (Washington DC) National Cathedral
Northwest (Washington DC) Georgetown and Francis Scott Key Bridge
Northwest (Washington DC) The Watergate Condominiums, Kennedy Center

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The 1500 block of K Street NW in Downtown, Washington, D.C.

K Street (Washington, D.C.)

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Major thoroughfare in the United States capital of Washington, D.C., known as a center for numerous lobbyists and advocacy groups.

Major thoroughfare in the United States capital of Washington, D.C., known as a center for numerous lobbyists and advocacy groups.

The 1500 block of K Street NW in Downtown, Washington, D.C.
IFC Headquarters at the crossroads of K Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at Washington Circle in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood

In political discourse, "K Street" has become a metonym for Washington's lobbying industry since many lobbying firms were traditionally located on the section in Northwest Washington which passes from Georgetown through a portion of Downtown D.C. Since the late 1980s, however, many of the largest lobbying firms have moved out;, only one of the top-20 lobbying firms has a K Street address.

Rosslyn, Virginia

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Rosslynn skyline, Arlington County, Virginia
Rosslyn from the west looking east into Washington, D.C.
Rosslyn from the west looking east into Washington, D.C.
Aerial view of Georgetown, the Potomac River, and Rosslyn
Rosslyn as seen from Kennedy Center, with Theodore Roosevelt Island in the midground
Rosslyn Skyline in April 2018 seen from the Key Bridge
Turnberry Tower (left) and 1812 N Moore (right), presently the tallest residential and office buildings in the D.C. area
The Artisphere, a multi-use artistic venue
Marine Corps War Memorial, with Washington, D.C. in the background
The escalator to street level at the Rosslyn Metro station is the third longest continuous span escalator in the world
Potomac Tower (center), and Waterview (right), designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Rosslyn is a heavily urbanized unincorporated area in Northern Virginia located in the northeastern corner of Arlington County, Virginia, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown and Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C.

First Aqueduct Bridge between 1860 and 1865

Aqueduct Bridge (Potomac River)

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First Aqueduct Bridge between 1860 and 1865
First Aqueduct Bridge after addition of superstructure and roadway. Note the Howe trusses and arches added for strength.
View of the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge from Georgetown into Rosslyn, Virginia
Aqueduct Bridge from Georgetown, ca. 1900
Second Aqueduct Bridge, some time between 1924 and 1933.
Side view of second Aqueduct Bridge abutment, with Water Street and Whitehurst Freeway visible through the arch.
Canal bridge
Photograph of first bridge with new superstructure
Close-up photo of first bridge with new superstructure
Downstream view (towards Roosevelt Island) of second bridge
View of second bridge from Virginia towards Georgetown
Side view of second bridge abutment, before enlargement to allow the Georgetown Branch to pass beneath
Aqueduct Bridge's Georgetown abutment and piers in Potomac river upstream of Key Bridge (c. 1940)
Second bridge's Georgetown abutment and Potomac Boat Club (1967)
Aqueduct Bridge pier, from Virginia shore upstream of Key Bridge (1967)
Pier and remnant of Virginia abutment of Aqueduct Bridge upstream of Key Bridge (1967)
Aerial view of Key Bridge and George Washington Memorial Parkway, with pier of Aqueduct Bridge visible in the foreground and remnant of Aqueduct Bridge abutment visible on the Virginia shoreline (c. 1990)
Pier and remnant of Virginia abutment of the Aqueduct Bridge upstream of Key Bridge (2005)
Georgetown abutment and pier of Aqueduct Bridge, seen from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath (2013)
Aqueduct Bridge remnants seen from below (2022)

The Aqueduct Bridge (also called the Alexandria Aqueduct) was a bridge between Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and Rosslyn, Virginia.