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Auction 164, Lot 253

"[Lot of 4] Map of the City of Washington Showing the Varieties of Street Pavements... [and] ...Showing Sewers... [and] ... Showing Water Mains... [and] Map Showing Suburban Subdivisions of the District of Columbia...",

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1893-94 (dated)

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Color: Printed Color

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These four maps were published in the Annual Report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia. Beginning in the early 1870's, population growth exploded and the city lacked the basic infrastructure to support it. In 1874, Congress created a three-person Board of Commissioners to become the permanent government for the District. Over the next several decades, much was done by the Commission to improve living conditions and infrastructure including paved roads, new water lines, and upgraded sewer capacity. These maps reflect the progress of those efforts.

The first three maps are thematic and carry the title "Map of the City of Washington..." showing the street pattern of Washington in great detail. The last map is focused on city subdivisions and shows new growth in the district including Cleveland Park and Woodley Park, now considered part of the city's core.

A. Map of the City of Washington Showing the Varieties of Street Pavements..., dated 1894 (27.2 x 27.4").
B. Map of the City of Washington Showing Sewers to Accompany the Annual Report of the Engineer Department, D.C., dated 1893 (27.3 x 27.4").
C. Map of the City of Washington Showing Water Mains to Accompany the Annual Report of the Engineer Department, D.C., dated 1894 (27.2 x 27.4").
D. Map Showing Suburban Subdivisions of the District of Columbia to Accompany the Annual Report of the Engineer Department, D.C., dated 1894 (26.7 x 22.1").

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Condition: B+

Issued folding with faint toning, occasional minor color offsetting, and several tiny splits at fold intersections.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/13/2017

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