Then & Now: Georgetown University and Potomac Aqueduct Bridge 100 Years Apart
Washington DC has a lot of history. The Smithsonian museums, the monuments, etc., but it is interesting to see just how much the city has changed over the years. I thought it would be fun to revisit an historic location using one of Lewis Reed’s original photographs for “then” and a stock image from today for “now” to see what differences are visible. In the following photographs, you can see how Washington, DC looks both the same and completely different from a century ago.
Georgetown University and Aqueduct Bridge (THEN): The Key Bridge was not the original connector between Georgetown and Virginia. Prior to that construction in the 1920s, there were two iterations of the Aqueduct Bridge. The second iteration of the bridge looked visibly different, but even that one suffered from deterioration and was only used between 1889 and 1918. The Aqueduct Bridge continued as a bridge for traffic until the Key Bridge opened in 1923.
Seen in the black & white photograph taken by Lewis Reed in 1913, is the Aqueduct Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, DC. The spires of buildings at Georgetown University can be seen in the background.
Georgetown University and Key Bridge (NOW): The same view over a century later hasn’t changed much.
Good Afternoon Ms. Gartner,
This juxtaposition of two views of the bridges spanning the Potomac are amazing. During WWII we lived in Vienna, VA and my father , working as an attorney with the OPA , drove over the Chain Bridge daily to work downtown. We love the Washington, D.C. area to this day and visit often. In fact my wife will be spending 10 days in D.C. next week. Vienna has changed so drastically from the 1944-1947 era when we lived in the immediate post-Civil War home of Hines at Church Street and Lawyers Road , now the U.S. Post Office in Vienna. How time does fly, Thank you for your many fine and historic posts to this site.
Thank you for stopping by Johnathan, and taking the time to post your comment. I love “then and now” photos because of their potential to tell fascinating stories with just two pictures. It truly is amazing how places can change so much over such short periods of time.
I know the exact location you are referring to in Vienna, because I live right down the road in Oakton. I’m so happy your visit here brought back some good memories!
My Best Regards,