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November 19, 2016 - February 12, 2017

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Virtual Tour of DISTRICT II 

First Floor: G Street Side

Edmund Barrett
On Leong Chinese Merchant Association, 620 H Street, N.W.; July 6, 1963. Now Chinatown Garden, 618 H Street, N.W.
Image by Wm. Edmund Barrett © Kiplinger Washington Editors, Kiplinger Washington Collection, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

This poetic visual essay explored the changing streetscape of downtown Washington in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s through the urban street photography of Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw, and Joseph Mills. The works both reflected and confronted each other, providing a sense of the physical and social upheavals experienced by the city in those decades. The exhibition was comprised of three sections: 

Mt. Vernon Squared

Fourteen striking photographs taken in the 1960s by William Edmund Barrett, Jr., document the streets radiating from Mt. Vernon Square. The images are part of the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Washington Collection. 

Billy Luck’s Downtown

Some 50 “drugstore” prints and a dozen enlarged, sepia reprints by self-described Cowboy Poet Chris Earnshaw capture the facades and faces of the downtown core over a 25-year period.  

Inner City 

Nearly 20 hand-varnished photographs by Joseph Mills present unvarnished 1980s street life from 9-to-5ers and F-Street-shoppers to the downtrodden.    

In the words of photographer Chris Earnshaw

In January 2016, The Washington Post joined Chris Earnshaw for his gallery show debut at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Earnshaw’s work is also included in District II, the follow-up exhibition presented at the National Building Museum.

February 9: Carnegie Library Building Tour: Race, Space, and the Power of Place
11:30 am - 12:15 pm 
The experiential tour explores how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged, or encouraged to share space.

February 12: DISTRICT II Walking Tour: Billy Luck's Mt. Vernon Square
12 - 2 pm 
Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and photographer and architectural history raconteur Chris Earnshaw for a stroll and discover the people, places and scenes of bygone Mt. Vernon Square.

DISTRICT II is organized by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and is presented in partnership with the National Building Museum. The exhibition is made possible through generous support from Events DC and the Newseum.

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