October 2, 2023
35 color photos, 2 color illus., 45 b&w photos, 1 b&w illus, 5 maps
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Hidden Alleyways of Washington, DC

A History

The remarkable architectural and social history of DC's multifaceted alleyways

Alleyways in Washington, DC, have always been a fundamental part of the city's life and economy. Deliberately hidden from public view by the capital's early planners, DC's alleys were created to provide access to stables, carriage houses, and other utility buildings. But as the city grew and property values rose, the nature of some alleys and their buildings changed, resulting in a parallel world of residential, manufacturing, and artistic spaces. Kim Prothro Williams reveals this world in a fascinating and richly illustrated history.

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the city's inhabited alleys were often unsanitary spaces that were home to its poorest residents. These conditions spurred Progressive Era campaigns to demolish alley dwellings, which in turn led to the displacement of minority and disadvantaged communities. Today, many remaining alleyways, with their intimately scaled buildings, have been transformed into vibrant commercial and residential spaces. Yet this new wave of development raises questions about how spaces that were once reserved for the city's poorest residents now cater to the wealthy.

This book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in Washington, social history, architecture, or historical preservation.

About the Author

Kim Prothro Williams is an architectural historian who has been researching and writing about historic places and communities in and around D.C. for the past 30 years. For the past 15 years, Kim has served as the National Register Coordinator at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. She is the author of Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC (The History Press 2018), Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation's Capital (Maryland Historical Trust, 1998), and editor of A Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2003).


"In this richly illustrated examination of alley buildings, Williams introduces the reader to public spaces not visible from the streets — the oddly shaped alleys that characterize many Washington blocks. Williams deftly discusses the range of buildings, from dwellings to bakeries, that was particularly suited to such hidden locations." — Alison K. Hoagland, author of The Row House in Washington, DC: A History,

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