Statistical Map No.5. Showing the Location of Sewers. City of Washington
By: Capt. W.T. Rossell Photo-Lithograph by: Norris Pteres Co.
Date: 1891 (published) Washington D.C.
Dimensions: 28 x 28 inches (71 x 71 cm)
This is an antique city plan of Washington D.C. detailing the existing sewer system of the late 19th century. The catch basins are represented by red dots and the sewage pipes are delineated by red lines with the larger brick sewers represented by thick, heavy lines. While all of the major sites such as the White House, Capitol Building, National Mall, and Judiciary courthouse were set up with supporting sewage infrastructure, not all of the city had received the same attention.
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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