E Street NW Sewer – Washington DC

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built sewer lines in front of the Washington Auditorium in Washington DC. Pictured are work crews building the sewer lines in 1936.

The Washington Auditorium, built in the 1920s and demolished in 1964, was located on E Street NW.  The site is now an extension of Rawlins Park.

Washington Auditorium hosted the inaugural ball of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration leased the entire building in 1935 – which may be why a new sewer was put in place in front.  It subsequently held the US Geological Survey and other federal offices.

Source notes

National Archives Record Group 69-N.

https://networks.h-net.org/node/28441/discussions/53769/history-washington-auditorium-demolished-1964-streets-washington

 

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on January 6, 2018.
Additional contributions by Maureen Budetti.

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Location Info


E Street and 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Coordinates: 38.8957, -77.0436

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