Monday, November 14, 2011

District History: A Photo Challenge!

From our friends at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. comes a cool DC-based photo challenge. If you recognize these District locations and can answer the queries, you know more than I! Seriously, if you know what's up with these photos, leave your response in the comments section below. The first to answer correctly gets a sweet prize. 

The Historical Society of Washington, DC. is an educational, research and archive organization with a vast collection dating to the 1700s. HSW is located downtown at Mt. Vernon Square; in the old Carnegie Library, 801 K St NW.

From, the organizers:

"DC History Nerds! A Challenge.

Do you think you know a lot about DC? Do you recognize any of these places? Each of these archival photographs are from the Historical Society of Washington D.C.'s huge collection. The first commenter to correctly identify all three photos wins a cupcake from Sticky Fingers Bakery.

Sweet manse, yeah? Formerly occupied by a 3-time failed presidential candidate. Where in NW was this house located? The lot is currently home to an apartment building with a great view.
Who is this big guy? And do all children bother him? Name where he lives and his moniker.
Look familiar? No, it’s not from OccupyDC. This isn’t the first time DC has seen a tent city—where was this encampment built, and when?
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Your cupcake’s on the line so start the guessing! Any questions can be sent to

All images courtesy of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C."

UPDATE: Answers listed below in the comments section.