DC -- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
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KCEN_970806_01.JPG: Kennedy Center; Front
This area had been the site of the famed Christian Heurich Brewery since 1894. Christian Heurich died in 1945 at the age of 102 and is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery. The brewery itself closed in 1956. The area was then used temporarily for a local fixture called the Arena Theatre. The city condemned the brewery in 1961 and ripped up the area in 1966 to construct the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and the Kennedy Center.
The Center itself had been given the go-ahead in 1954 but interest in it faded until President Kennedy was killed in 1963 and the center was renamed in his honor. The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts then opened in 1971, providing high art to Washington for the first time. Immediately, tourists started stealing as souvenirs everything that they could including the marble bathroom fixtures which were a favorite.
During 1972, the Center's underground parking lot is rumoured to have been the location where Watergate informer "Deep Throat" met with Washington Post investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
KCEN_970806_02.JPG: Kennedy Center; Hallway
A view of the main hallway of the Kennedy Center. The Potomac River would be on the right. The Watergate complex is next door behind where this picture was taken.
KCEN_970806_03.JPG: Kennedy Center; Back
A view of the back of the Kennedy Center. Due to the size of the place, the best pictures of this place are actually taken from riverboats and in Rosslyn Virginia, across the Potomac River.
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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.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
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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