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HANCOC_970507_01.JPG: Blair House
The white building hidden behind the trees is the Blair House, which is run by the federal government as a guest house for foreign visitors. It is located directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Old Executive Office Building and sits kitty-corner to the White House.
The house was built in 1824 by Dr Joseph Lovell, the nation's first Surgeon General. It was sold in 1836 to Francis Preston Blair. Blair, who discovered the "silver spring" which named that Washington suburb, was a newspaper man who belonged to a string of Presidential "kitchen cabinets" (advisory friends) beginning with Andrew Jackson through Ulysses Grant.
In 1861, General Winfield Scott had met with Robert E Lee, offering him command of the Union Army in the upcoming Civil War. That meeting had been held around the corner at the Winder Building. Now, in April 1861, Francis Blair met with Lee in the Blair House to press the issue. Lee, torn between national and state loyalties, turned down the offer and joined the Confederacy instead.
In December 1861, Blair House was the site where the decision was made to place Admiral David Farragut in charge of the Union naval attack on New Orleans.
The house was purchased by the government in 1948 and President Harry Truman and his family moved in in 1950 while the White House was undergoing renovations. On November 1, 1950, two armed Puerto Rican nationalists stormed the building in an assassination attempt. They killed a guard before being stopped, one of the attackers being killed in the assault.
Wikipedia Description: General Winfield Scott Hancock (Ellicott)
General Winfield Scott Hancock is an equestrian statue of Winfield Scott Hancock, by Henry Jackson Ellicott together with architect Paul J. Pelz. It is located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C.
It was commissioned on March 2, 1889, and dedicated on May 12, 1896, by president Grover Cleveland. It cost $50,000.
The statue is a contributing monument to the Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, of the National Register of Historic Places.
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
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The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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