Interesting alleys: Miller’s/Frederick Douglass Court


Hot or cold, D.C.'s weather is an unceasing topic of conversation in the city. Shown here is Miller's Court and Frederick Douglass Court in December 2009.

Hot or cold, D.C.'s weather is an unceasing topic of conversation in the city. Shown here is Miller's Court and Frederick Douglass Court in December 2009.

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From Google Maps.

From Google Maps.

Perhaps one of the most stunning things about D.C. are the interesting vistas seemingly everywhere, created by L’Enfant’s grid that allows streets to follow perfectly straight routes for blocks and blocks.

Because most of these streets also have intricate alley schemes lining their spine, the same wide-ranging views can be found on certain alleys too (though others twist and turn seemingly at random behind the backs of rowhouses). Right in the shadow of the the Library of Congress are the contiguous alleys named Miller’s Court and Frederick Douglass Court, located near an eponymously named history museum.

At this moment, from Maine to D.C., all that is on our tongues is the moist roasting pan we are currently being baked in at 100-plus degrees. If extreme weather holds, in six months all we’ll be able to talk about is the snow.

But wasn’t it pretty on this December day in these alleys? The cobble stones and long view allow you to imagine a horse-drawn carriage wading through the muddy way — but you can imagine an intern stumbling home in the heat just last night, too. He’s probably complaining about it on Twitter right now.

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One Response to Interesting alleys: Miller’s/Frederick Douglass Court

  1. Brian Stansberry says:

    Hola. I own the three houses in Millers Court. This is a great photo. Thanks for posting. You can see the inside of these (if interested) at http://www.capitolhillstay.com/carriage/index.html

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