January 21, 2010

Flashback 1958: U & Ninth Streets

Yesterday we featured a flashback of an intersection near the 9:30 Club.  Well, now we’re at Florida Avenue, Ninth Street, and U Street in 1958.  Again, the photo is from DDOT’s historical archive.

The “Washington globe” streetlights, still manufactured today haven’t changed much from their 1958 predecessors, but the street signs have changed in style from a black-on-white serifed typeface to a white-on-green sans-serif typeface. 

The DC Housing Finance Agency has replaced the building hosting Uptown Billiards.  The building at the opposite corner, soon to be the Brixton Pub, appears to have been occupied in 1958.  The emergency call box has been reoriented and fixed up somewhat and the traffic lights now extend over the roadway slightly.  The crosswalks in 1958 were barely marked on the pavement.

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3 Replies

  1. […] LeDriot Park – A flash back to the year 1958 at the corner of 9th and U Street (pictured below), things sure have changed. [Left for LeDriot] […]

    DC Metrocentric » Linked: Weekend Roundup - January 24, 2010 @ 9:11 am
  2. Looks like for the worse…

    Brian - January 24, 2010 @ 10:01 am
  3. Ar least in 1958 those travelling on Florida would have a sense of how to stay ON Florida when ti suddently turns into U Street!

    Tom A. - January 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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