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1967 Drawing Donated to the Overbeck Project 

The late John Alexander, a Washington attorney, lived at 217 Third Street SE from the early 1960s until about 1995. According to his daughter Michele Alexander, he absolutely loved the townhouse and the neighborhood, especially The Hawk & Dove, the bookstore and the restaurant next door, the cleaners, the drug store on the corner, etc.

In 1967, John purchased this original drawing of the corner of Third and Pennsylvania Avenue SE from Elizabeth Beer, staff artist for the Capitol Hill Spectator newspaper, after seeing the drawing in the paper's Sept. 14, 1967 edition. When Michele inherited the drawing from her father, she searched for an appropriate home for it and discovered the Overbeck Project. We are delighted to have her donation, and we've scanned it for use as our Facebook page cover photo (look for us there as Capitol Hill History). We're sharing it here too, because we think you'll enjoy seeing this lively, cheerful scene of one corner of our neighborhood almost 50 years ago. For a closer look, click here.

Many thanks to Michele for her donation and to Nancy Freeman for scanning the drawing.