Last fall, UrbanTurf took a look at the interesting alley dwelling networks uncovered in a century-old survey conducted in the District. Now, we have a glimpse at what some of those communities looked like.
The Library of Congress has a repository of digitized photographs taken around DC in the 1930s, and a particular series by photographer Carl Mydans highlights a community straddling North Capitol Street, the west half of which was replaced by the Sursum Corda Cooperative in the late 1960s. The Sursum Corda community was recently razed and there are plans in the works to construct a mixed-income, mixed-use development on the site with over 1,100 housing units.
Check out a few of Mydans's images below.
All photos courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-community-that-became-sursum-corda/15123.
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