The White House and Foggy Bottom, Washington DC

A brief history;

 

  • The White House (President's House) is the official residence of the President of the United States and stands at the centre of the neighbourhood.

 

  • The White House is flanked by impressive architecture including the striking French Second Empire styled Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building to the west & the colossal Classical stlyed Treasury Building to the east.

 

  • The Foggy Bottom region was the site of one of the earliest settlements in the District of Columbia, with a 130-acre area between the Potomac River & Rock Creek subdivided by German settler Jacob Funk.

 

  • The settlement was officially named Hamburg on which the German settlers established the town of Hamburg which is the area today between 24th and 18th Street NW.

 

  • The Foggy Bottom became a community of labourers employed by the nearby breweries, glass plants & city gas works by the turn of the 19th century.

 

  • This is where many believe the name of the area (Foggy Bottom) came from, the "fog" or concentrated smoke produced by these industrial facilities located nearby to the Potomac.

 

  • Today the Foggy Bottom is home to the main campus of George Washington University (GWU) which occupies a 42-acre site and opened in 1912.

 

  • Geographically the Foggy Bottom is west of downtown Washington, located in the north-west quadrant, straddled by 17th Street to the east, Rock Creek Parkway to the west, Constitution Avenue to the south & Pennsylvania Avenue to the north.
Aerial view looking north-westwards out towards the Foggy Bottom in Washington DC including the Kennedy Center, State Department & Virginia Avenue Aerial view north-westwards towards the Foggy Bottom in Washington DC including Virginia Avenue & the Kennedy Center
Aerial view looking north-westwards towards the Foggy Bottom in Washington DC including the Kennedy Center, Virginia Avenue & the State Department Grand aerial view looking along Virginia Avenue towards the Foggy Bottom region of Washington DC

If you would like to see more of my photography from the "Foggy Bottom" please visit these galleries;

 

 

 

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