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Randle Highlands VS Fort Dupont [Antique Overlay of an Anacostia Alternative Future]
|| 10/29/2009 || 4:07 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Screen grab from Google Earth showing the location of Randle Highlands

Image links to the KMZ file for Google Earth

The other day I was canvassing the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper collection and came across this advertisement that was published on May 27th, 1910 in the Washington Times. It shows development plans for Randle Highlands, a neighborhood in Southeast, Washington, DC. I was curious about the results of the newspaper ad. As in, how much has the map changed in the last 99 years? Surprisingly, not too much. Most of the land was developed to plan, except for one large chunk of the land that remains “undeveloped” to this day: Fort Dupont Park.

The National Park Service website says:

This particular fort had six sides, each 100 feet long, protected by a deep moat and trees felled side-by-side with branches pointing outward. It was named for Flag Officer Samuel F. du Pont, who commanded the naval victory at Port Royal, South Carolina, in November 1861.

Although its garrison and guns never saw battle, Fort Dupont served as a lifeline of freedom. Runaway slaves found safety here before moving on to join the growing community of “contrabands” in Washington. The barracks and guns are gone, but the fort’s earthworks can still be traced near the picnic area on Alabama Avenue.

In the 1930s, the National Capital Planning Commission acquired the old fort and surrounding land for recreation. An 18-hole golf course was constructed. As the city grew, golf gave way in 1970 to the sports complex along Ely Place that now includes tennis and basketball courts, athletic fields, and a softball diamond. An indoor ice rink offers skating all winter. Where once the Civil War fort looked out over farmlands, city dwellers now grow vegetables in community garden plots.

This advertisement was printed 20 years before the National Capital Planning Commission changed the future of this neighborhood. I wonder what it would be like today if it wasn’t a park? Umm, I mean golf course. I was able to line up the old map with the contemporary imagery and by adjusting the transparency in Google Earth you can see how much has been developed. Click here to download the KMZ file for Google Earth


Screen grab from Google Earth showing the location of present day Fort Dupont Park

Image links to Google Maps


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2008 Washington, DC Area Calendar
|| 12/3/2007 || 7:42 am || Comments Off on 2008 Washington, DC Area Calendar || ||

Below are the months of the calendar featuring places around the Washington, DC metropolitan area and links to their respective entries so that you can see the map’s full size. Read more about the other calendars here.

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Star of Woodson High School
|| 12/4/2005 || 11:30 pm || Comments Off on Star of Woodson High School || ||

: rendered at 10,000 X 7,500 :

Hmmmm, when doing series such as this one, I’m realizing I don’t have enough to talk about when it comes to the rendering itself. It’s like once I have used the imagery for the first time, I don’t have much else to say about the next rendering that uses the same imagery. The only exception is when there is some geographic identifer that makes rendering A different from rendering B. Such is the case for this recent batch of from the Star Series. Its like I can talk for hours about them as whole, and have in the past, but unless I use new imagery or projection I don’t have much to say after the first rendering. I guess I need to think why I am making the renderings a bit more thoroughly.

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Woodson High School Quilt
|| 11/6/2005 || 12:42 pm || Comments Off on Woodson High School Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

Thus begins my “8 Wards, One State” series.

Woodson High School…

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