The Revolving Desk

Here in our version of a swiveling cupboard, we will offer an occasional series of brief essays by a rotating slate of authors from our project. Our goal is to provide vignettes to illuminate subjects we encounter in our work. This is our opportunity to say a little more about bits that have caught our interest and, we hope, will catch yours.
Stories from the Papers
A Place to Lay Their Heads: Housing in Early Washington City

A Place to Lay Their Heads: Housing in Early Washington City

When the seat of government officially moved to the banks of the Potomac in late 1800, those who traveled with it found little trade, few roads to regulate, and empty lots. When members of the second session of the Sixth Congress began filtering into Washington, it immediately became clear that finding a place to lay their heads would not be easy in this village capital.

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