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CALLBX_200629_05.JPG: The Gilded Age
In the Gilded Age (1866-1901) the nouveau riche built grand mansions near Sheridan Circle and commissioned fashionable portraits such as this one of Mrs. Larz Anderson. They lived and entertained in these enormous residences during Washington's brief social season. As maintaining the houses grew too costly, many became foreign embassies. Edward Everett, who made a fortune inventing the fluted bottle cap, built the Beaux-Arts mansion at 1606 23rd Street in 1915. Now it is the Turkish ambassador's home. Carrere and Hastings, architects of the New York Public Library, designed Romania's embassy at 1607 23rd Street.
About the Artist: Cecilia Beaux (1836-1942) Portrait of Mrs. Larz Anderson. Courtesy of The Society of the Cincinnati
Charles Codman's painting depicts Kalorama, the 19th century estate of Joel Barlow. Kalorama (Greek for beautiful view) was extolled by Thomas Jefferson as "a most lovely seat adjoining the city, on a high hill commanding the Potomac River." Kalorama was known as a place of undulating hill and dale and graceful forest. Below the embassies across Massachusetts Ave., Rock Creek was dammed, creating a small lake where paper and grist mills were located. Robert Fulton experimented with his steam boat there. Barlow's estate had commanding views across Georgetown and the Potomac River to Alexandria.
About the Artist: Charles Codman (1800-1842) artist. By permission, US Department of State.
CALLBX_200629_33.JPG: Sheridan Kalorama
Call Box Restoration Project
Six United States presidents have resisted in Sheridan-Kalorama between 1916 and the present (2018). Warren G. Harding lived at 2314 Wyoming Avenue while a senator from Ohio. William Howard Taft lived across the street at 2215 Wyoming Avenue while Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after leaving the presidency. Herbert Hoover occupied the house at 2300 S Street while Secretary of Commerce and until his inauguration as President. Woodrow Wilson lived at 2340 S Street after his presidency. And [sic -- left over from the original text before Barack Obama's portrait was added] Franklin D. Roosevelt resided at 2131 R Street while assistant secretary of the navy. Barack Obama made his post-presidential home at 2446 Belmont Road.
About the Artist: Peter Waddell, artist, specializes in images of 18th and 19th century Washington.
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.