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Rediscovering Capitol Hill (Washington, DC)

After living in Turkey and Japan for the past 15 years, my husband and I have finally moved back to our old house on Capitol Hill. Although hit by both culture and sticker shock, I'm beginning to remember why I loved the Hill so much in years past and have been rediscovering its architecture and people and friendly way of life. I hope to shoot more than just its Victorian homes but have recently been fascinated with the beauty and sheer variety of houses here. For more pictures of Capitol Hill, go to http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/gallery/trying_out_the_lx3 where I was trying out a new camera and did a tour of my neighborhood at Christmas.
The reason it's called Capitol Hill
The reason it's called Capitol Hill
Houses on Lincoln Park
Houses on Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park, doggy heaven
Lincoln Park, doggy heaven
Play time for all at the park
Play time for all at the park
Congregating at Lincoln Park
Congregating at Lincoln Park
In memory of Tilki, enjoying her garden
In memory of Tilki, enjoying her garden
House prices have skyrocketed here...
House prices have skyrocketed here...
Row houses in a row
Row houses in a row
District of Columbia enthusiast
District of Columbia enthusiast
Special garden
Special garden
Spirit of the season
Spirit of the season
East Capitol Street rooftops
East Capitol Street rooftops
East Capitol Street mansions
East Capitol Street mansions
East Capitol Street mansions
East Capitol Street mansions
Picture window
Picture window
Towered
Towered
New from old
New from old
Room with a view
Room with a view
Stately
Stately
Parapetted
Parapetted
Time worn
Time worn
Fall colors on 11th St. NE
Fall colors on 11th St. NE
Circlular
Circlular
The ultimate renovation
The ultimate renovation
Towering
Towering
Feeling just like Turkey
Feeling just like Turkey
Roof to remember
Roof to remember
 Moon over Capitol Hill
Moon over Capitol Hill
Uniquely situated
Uniquely situated
Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market detail
Eastern Market detail
Eastern Market detail
Eastern Market detail
Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Facade or optical illusion?
Facade or optical illusion?
Favorites on A Street NE
Favorites on A Street NE
90 percent
90 percent
Fall color on A St. NE
Fall color on A St. NE
Houses of all kinds
Houses of all kinds
Fall colors on the Hill
Fall colors on the Hill
One tree, double the color
One tree, double the color
Red, white and blue
Red, white and blue
Four of a kind
Four of a kind
Classic elegance
Classic elegance
Dogwood on white
Dogwood on white
Castle keep
Castle keep
1893 pharmacy building
1893 pharmacy building
Trompe l'oeil
Trompe l'oeil
Two beauties on North Carolina Ave.
Two beauties on North Carolina Ave.
A nice touch
A nice touch
Perfect for Rapunzel
Perfect for Rapunzel
Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Natural progression
Natural progression
Maple revisited
Maple revisited
Duelling maples
Duelling maples
Front yards
Front yards
Red and gold
Red and gold
By the light of the silvery moon
By the light of the silvery moon
Two of a kind
Two of a kind
Favorites on A St. NE
Favorites on A St. NE
So near yet so far apart
So near yet so far apart
C Street NE turrets
C Street NE turrets
Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out
Double Doors
Double Doors
East Capitol row, late fall
East Capitol row, late fall
East Capitol Street homes
East Capitol Street homes
Long fall shadows
Long fall shadows
East Capitol rooftops
East Capitol rooftops
Holiday shadows
Holiday shadows
Winter at the Capitol
Winter at the Capitol
Reflections of a Capitol Christmas
Reflections of a Capitol Christmas
Our festive neighborhood
Our festive neighborhood
Winter shadows
Winter shadows
A riot of color
A riot of color
A row of rowhouses
A row of rowhouses
Splash of holiday color
Splash of holiday color
13th Street SE resident
13th Street SE resident
The start of spring
The start of spring
Spring at Lincoln Park
Spring at Lincoln Park
Spring in Lincoln Park
Spring in Lincoln Park
Spring housecleaning
Spring housecleaning
Magnolia
Magnolia
Cherry on East Capitol
Cherry on East Capitol
Weeping fruit tree
Weeping fruit tree
House on the corner
House on the corner
Falling shadows on East Capitol
Falling shadows on East Capitol
Five of a kind (of sorts)
Five of a kind (of sorts)
A unique kind of roof
A unique kind of roof
Spring Weather
Spring Weather
Cityscape Under Water (4th place, Weather Challenge)
Cityscape Under Water (4th place, Weather Challenge)
Eastern Market: 1873-2007
Eastern Market: 1873-2007
Eastern Market, aftermath
Eastern Market, aftermath
Eastern Market aftermath
Eastern Market aftermath
Spring garden and model
Spring garden and model
Closed on Sunday
Closed on Sunday
1876
1876
The Deer House
"The Deer House"
Restoration at 900 East Capitol
Restoration at 900 East Capitol
The guardians
The guardians
Two of a kind
Two of a kind
Capitol Hill Billies
Capitol Hill Billies
Wall life
Wall life
Grand house on the corner
Grand house on the corner
Encounter
Encounter
Restoration Society tour house
Restoration Society tour house
Doorway cat
Doorway cat
Sophisticated chimney
Sophisticated chimney
Marine Commandant's House
Marine Commandant's House
Building conversions: Carbery School/condo
Building conversions: Carbery School/condo
Carbery School condo conversion
Carbery School condo conversion
Building conversions: Grace Baptist Church/condo
Building conversions: Grace Baptist Church/condo
Grace Baptist Church/condo
Grace Baptist Church/condo
Grace Baptist Church 1891, condo c. 1991
Grace Baptist Church 1891, condo c. 1991
Building conversions: The Car Barn/condo
Building conversions: The Car Barn/condo
The Car Barn/condo
The Car Barn/condo
The Car Barn/condo
The Car Barn/condo
Philadephia Row (1862)
Philadephia Row (1862)
Rose garden
Rose garden
Symmetry on the park
Symmetry on the park
Two out of three
Two out of three
Fortified
Fortified
Pennsylvania Avenue rooftops
Pennsylvania Avenue rooftops
North Carolina Ave. steeple
North Carolina Ave. steeple
Fall door
Fall door
Time worn
Time worn
Urban farmer
Urban farmer
Urban agriculture
Urban agriculture
Urban birdbath
Urban birdbath
Seasonal pattern
Seasonal pattern
Storm brewing in the alley
Storm brewing in the alley
Hill spirit
Hill spirit
Hill spirit
Hill spirit
Hill spirit
Hill spirit
For sale
For sale
Looking through the keyhole
Looking through the keyhole
Garden color
Garden color
Never-ending task on our block
Never-ending task on our block
The end of fall
The end of fall
Lincoln Park trio
Lincoln Park trio
1300 block of C Street NE
1300 block of C Street NE
East Capitol on the park
East Capitol on the park
Brick polychromy on Stanton Park
Brick polychromy on Stanton Park
Old red schoolhouse on Stanton Park
Old red schoolhouse on Stanton Park
Marvelous Market
Marvelous Market
Spring on D St. SE
Spring on D St. SE
A reflection of spring
A reflection of spring
Dinner for four
Dinner for four
Spring in full bloom
Spring in full bloom
Picture window
Picture window
Party house
Party house
Advent of summer
Advent of summer
Summer wilt
Summer wilt
Fresh paint
Fresh paint
Oasis in the City
Oasis in the City
How time changes things
How time changes things
Philadelphia Row (1862) revisited
Philadelphia Row (1862) revisited
Eastern Market still under repair
Eastern Market still under repair
Turret
Turret
Marvelous Market, again
Marvelous Market, again
Al fresco 1
Al fresco 1
Al fresco 2
Al fresco 2
Barracks Row (8th St. corridor)
Barracks Row (8th St. corridor)
The 'real' Barracks Row (USMC)
The 'real' Barracks Row (USMC)
Marine Barracks
Marine Barracks
Marine Barracks
Marine Barracks
Sure sign of spring
Sure sign of spring
Whimsey
Whimsey
The Old Naval Hospital (c. 1866)
The Old Naval Hospital (c. 1866)
The fence (c. 1870)
The fence (c. 1870)
The advent of spring
The advent of spring
Neighborhood gathering
Neighborhood gathering
Magnolias on the Hill
Magnolias on the Hill
Victorian windows
Victorian windows
Joined at the hip, so to speak
Joined at the hip, so to speak
Sunday afternoon on 10th Street NE
Sunday afternoon on 10th Street NE
Playing with paint
Playing with paint
Our majestic block
Our majestic block
So near, yet so far apart
So near, yet so far apart
Frederick Douglass Museum
Frederick Douglass Museum
Mansard roof mansion
Mansard roof mansion
Flat fronts
Flat fronts
High canine style on the Hill
High canine style on the Hill
The sentries
The sentries
Black cat on salmon stairs
Black cat on salmon stairs
Red dogwood on blue
Red dogwood on blue
Weeping peach on East Capitol NE
Weeping peach on East Capitol NE
What a difference a day makes!
What a difference a day makes!
Dogwood season on the Hill
Dogwood season on the Hill
All lit up
All lit up
Spring garden
Spring garden
No parking
No parking
Splash of purple on North Carolina
Splash of purple on North Carolina
From my garden this year
From my garden this year
Tulips on Lincoln Park
Tulips on Lincoln Park
Window box
Window box
Wrought iron
Wrought iron
Stairs in bloom
Stairs in bloom
Wisteria house
Wisteria house
Nice house, but why all the bars?
Nice house, but why all the bars?
Grand entry
Grand entry
Dream house
Dream house
Don't Tread on Me
Don't Tread on Me
Sunset dogwood
Sunset dogwood
The nicest dogwood of all...
The nicest dogwood of all...
Front yard whimsey
Front yard whimsey
Beautiful detail but needs some work
Beautiful detail but needs some work
Lenox School condo conversion
Lenox School condo conversion
Red. red and more red
Red. red and more red
Patriotism and nostalgia
Patriotism and nostalgia
Hangin' out
Hangin' out
Carbery House (1803)
Carbery House (1803)
The City Bank building (1908)
The City Bank building (1908)
The City Bank building
The City Bank building
Duddington Place
Duddington Place
Neighborly ambience of Duddington Place
Neighborly ambience of Duddington Place
Unique detail, Duddington Place
Unique detail, Duddington Place
Duddington Place, across the street, a world away
Duddington Place, across the street, a world away
Christ Church (1807)
Christ Church (1807)
Even the Police Department is historic
Even the Police Department is historic
Three shades of pink
Three shades of pink
Marine Barracks, looking out
Marine Barracks, looking out
Marine Barracks, Parade Ground
Marine Barracks, Parade Ground
Commandant's house, USMC
Commandant's house, USMC
Semper Fi
Semper Fi
Woodwork at #412
Woodwork at #412
Modern take on an old theme
Modern take on an old theme
Magnificent bay
Magnificent bay
Ten variations on a theme (1)
Ten variations on a theme (1)
Ten variations on a theme (2)
Ten variations on a theme (2)
Ten variations on a theme (3)
Ten variations on a theme (3)
Ten variations on a theme (4)
Ten variations on a theme (4)
Ten variations on a theme (5)
Ten variations on a theme (5)
Ten variations on a theme (6)
Ten variations on a theme (6)
Ten variations on a theme (7)
Ten variations on a theme (7)
Ten variations on a theme (8)
Ten variations on a theme (8)
Ten variations on a theme (9)
Ten variations on a theme (9)
Ten variations on a theme (10)
Ten variations on a theme (10)
Spectacular row on North Carolina
Spectacular row on North Carolina
9th Street NE pair
9th Street NE pair
During renovation
During renovation
After renovation
After renovation
The very nice house on the corner
The very nice house on the corner
Unusual neighboring roofs
Unusual neighboring roofs
Unusual neighboring roofs
Unusual neighboring roofs
The house with the gigantic yard
The house with the gigantic yard
The epitome of beautiful brickwork
The epitome of beautiful brickwork
Maryland Ave, 600 block, row
Maryland Ave, 600 block, row
The Facades of Maryland Avenue NE, 600 Block
:: The Facades of Maryland Avenue NE, 600 Block ::
Elegant portal
Elegant portal
Turreted apartment living
Turreted apartment living
Maryland Avenue steeple
Maryland Avenue steeple
Added for effect?
Added for effect?
Motley crew off Maryland Avenue
Motley crew off Maryland Avenue
Elegantly secure
Elegantly secure
Old Engine House No. 10
Old Engine House No. 10
Totally different turret
Totally different turret
Creative approach to land use
Creative approach to land use
Pierce School
Pierce School
Creative paint job
Creative paint job
Repeating patterns
Repeating patterns
Massive
Massive
Eclecticism at its best
Eclecticism at its best
Lovejoy School condo conversion
Lovejoy School condo conversion
Turrets 1: Anachonistic
Turrets 1: Anachonistic
Turrets 2: Peeking over the trees
Turrets 2: Peeking over the trees
Turrets 3: Shadow games
Turrets 3: Shadow games
Daring color scheme
Daring color scheme
Unlikely neighbors
Unlikely neighbors
Three out of four
Three out of four
Totally modern interpretation
Totally modern interpretation
The 'new' Eastern Market
The 'new' Eastern Market
Eastern Market reopening
Eastern Market reopening
Eastern Market reopening
Eastern Market reopening
Eastern Market reopening
Eastern Market reopening
Festivities at Eastern Market
Festivities at Eastern Market
Festival-goers enjoying a cuppa
Festival-goers enjoying a cuppa
When you don't have a back yard
When you don't have a back yard
One of a kind
One of a kind
Door with a flair
Door with a flair
Rich accents
Rich accents
The red door
The red door
New construction, traditional lines
New construction, traditional lines
Room top
Room top
Fraternal twins
Fraternal twins
The red tower
The red tower
Broken
Broken
Castle on Constitution Avenue
Castle on Constitution Avenue
Out of control
Out of control
Another take on an old favorite
Another take on an old favorite
Graceful detail
Graceful detail
The crape myrtle at 410 A St. NE
The crape myrtle at 410 A St. NE
Leigh's house
Leigh's house
C Street NE rooftop deck
C Street NE rooftop deck
C Street NE rooftop deck
C Street NE rooftop deck
North Carolina Street NE stoops
North Carolina Street NE stoops
Philadelphia Row grille
Philadelphia Row grille
Brilliant
Brilliant
Out of the ordinary stairs
Out of the ordinary stairs
A real mix of styles
A real mix of styles
Secret hideaway (and cool chimneys)
Secret hideaway (and cool chimneys)
Fanciful row, great windows
Fanciful row, great windows
St. Peter's Catholic Church
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Modern row
Modern row
Another modern-day mansion
Another modern-day mansion
Modern mansion
Modern mansion
A row of modern-day row houses
A row of modern-day row houses
More new construction, old style
More new construction, old style
Missed the mark a bit
Missed the mark a bit
Distinctive corner tower
Distinctive corner tower
Unexpected flair
Unexpected flair
Peabody School
Peabody School
Stuart Junior HS
Stuart Junior HS
Free Public Library, Northeastern Branch
Free Public Library, Northeastern Branch
Unique twins
Unique twins
From convent to museum to condos
From convent to museum to condos
Another side of Stanton Park
Another side of Stanton Park
New surrounded by old, Maryland Avenue NE
New surrounded by old, Maryland Avenue NE
Of long windows and iron balconies
Of long windows and iron balconies
Window detail
Window detail
New development from old
New development from old
Old train station
Old train station
Stanton Park
Stanton Park
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park
Marion Park
Marion Park
Folger Park
Folger Park
Next to Folger Park
Next to Folger Park
Garfield Park
Garfield Park
Seward Square
Seward Square
Seward Square
Seward Square
Mayers Block (1887)
Mayers Block (1887)
Four bays
Four bays
Corner house
Corner house
Double towers
Double towers
Green windows
Green windows
Copper windows
Copper windows
Bold windows
Bold windows
Elegant windows
Elegant windows
Crenellated roof
Crenellated roof
Deck with style
Deck with style
'Bay-top' garden
'Bay-top' garden
The (real) golden house
The (real) golden house
A most unique pair
A most unique pair
Jumble of styles
Jumble of styles
The fire engine red house
The fire engine red house
Copper appointments
Copper appointments
Halloween on the Hill
Halloween on the Hill
Garage garden
Garage garden
Red on white
Red on white
St. Mark's (1888)
St. Mark's (1888)
Church for sale
Church for sale
Fall shadows
Fall shadows
A Street NE neighbor #1
A Street NE neighbor #1
A Street NE neighbor #2
A Street NE neighbor #2
It's the giant pumpkin!
It's the giant pumpkin!
Restoration work
Restoration work
The most unique roof
The most unique roof
Hidden away
Hidden away
Urban renewal block
Urban renewal block
Urban renewal, example
Urban renewal, example
Urban renewal, example
Urban renewal, example
Urban renewal, example
Urban renewal, example
Another urban renewal project
Another urban renewal project
Creative urban renewal
Creative urban renewal
Three houses
Three houses
Old stone row on Lincoln Park
Old stone row on Lincoln Park
Caught in the act
Caught in the act
Gen. Greene in Stanton Park
Gen. Greene in Stanton Park
Neon house
Neon house
Stanton Park row
Stanton Park row
How'd it get that roof??
How'd it get that roof??
Restored, and not
Restored, and not
Holiday doors
Holiday doors
My favorite block with new lens
My favorite block with new lens
Across from my house, new lens
Across from my house, new lens
Across from my house, new lens
Across from my house, new lens
East Capitol favorite with new lens
East Capitol favorite with new lens
Another East Capitol fave
Another East Capitol fave
New and old, with new lens
New and old, with new lens
Falling shadows, with new lens
Falling shadows, with new lens
Stranded at home
Stranded at home
December: Silent night (ISO 2500)
December: Silent night (ISO 2500)
Alike, but not quite
Alike, but not quite
360 degreee turret
360 degreee turret
New Orleans flair
New Orleans flair
View from the top
View from the top
The church on the corner
The church on the corner
Large, lovely condo on East Capitol
Large, lovely condo on East Capitol
Christmas shadows/reflections
Christmas shadows/reflections
A few blocks up on 11th Street NE
A few blocks up on 11th Street NE
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
Saturday at Eastern Market
The house on the corner, and the one next door
The house on the corner, and the one next door
The really red brick house
The really red brick house
Late afternoon on East Capitol
Late afternoon on East Capitol
8th and A Street NE in snow and sweet light
8th and A Street NE in snow and sweet light
House on our corner
House on our corner
In need of owners
In need of owners
The blue roof
The blue roof
Details details
Details details
Unusual foursome
Unusual foursome
The neon house revisited
The neon house revisited
Flowered
Flowered
F.I.Co.
F.I.Co.
Overseer
Overseer
Home banking
Home banking
Victorian adobe?
Victorian adobe?
Not your everyday Capitol Hill House
Not your everyday Capitol Hill House
As far as the eye can see
As far as the eye can see
Home banking again
Home banking again
Miller's Court
Miller's Court
CF and 1881
CF and 1881
Poop happens
Poop happens
Spring on East Capitol Street SE
Spring on East Capitol Street SE
Siamese twins
Siamese twins
Elegance on Mass. Ave.
Elegance on Mass. Ave.
Very Second Empire, 8th Street SE
Very Second Empire, 8th Street SE
Window dressing
Window dressing
All lined up
All lined up
Alternators
Alternators
Southern flavor
Southern flavor
Port of entry
Port of entry
Well topped off
Well topped off
Shaded
Shaded
Small can be nice
Small can be nice
Front stairs
Front stairs
Doggie water fountain (only on Capitol Hill)
Doggie water fountain (only on Capitol Hill)
A row of small houses
A row of small houses
Novel brickwork
Novel brickwork
Quiet day at Eastern Market
Quiet day at Eastern Market