Statistical Map No.3 showing the Varieties of Street Pavements, City of Washington Laid and Under Contract on June 30, 1892.
By: Capt. W.T. Rossell Photo-Lithograph by: Norris Pteres Co.
Date: 1891 (dated) Washington D.C.
Dimensions: 28 x 28 inches (71 x 71 cm)
This is an antique map of Washington D.C. showing the variety of street pavements that were laid and under contract throughout the city in 1892. As one can see by the color variety of the map, there was a real hodgepodge of material in use, from granite and trap rock, to asphalt and coal tar, gravel, cobble, and Mac Adam, which was a method of road construction developed in the 1820s that used single-sized crushed stone layers of small angular stones, placed in shallow lifts and compacted thoroughly.
This map was one of twelve statistical maps produced in an effort to present large-scale improvements in the infrastructure of the city since the Greene maps of 1880. Each map was drawn on an identical scale and included the prefix “Statistical Map No" before each unique title. Above the title is a full list of avenues names along with their width in feet.
This map and its counterparts offer a unique glimpse into the state of development in the Capitol of the United States just before the turn of the 20th Century.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition, originally issued folding with some separations along the fold lines. The map has been professionally linen-backed with any fold separations filled in by an artist's hand.
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