Category: The HABS photographer

1785 Massachusetts Ave.,NW

Designed by Jules Henri deSibour, one of Washington,DC’s finest architects of the early 20th century, 1785 was home to Andrew Mellon when he was Secretary of Treasury. It is believed he occupied the entire top floor.  The British Art Dealer Lord Duveen rented the floor below and displayed his art collection.  He invited Mellon to view it and the approach worked.  Mellon bought the collection, which became the basis of National Gallery of Art.

The building was the headquarters of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  As the Trust was selling the building, the Trust hired me to photograph the building for the HABS Collection at the Library of Congress.  I took more than 200  4 x5 black and white archival processed negatives and an archival print of each negative.

The American Enterprise Institute bought the building, joining Brookings, John Hopkins,and Carnegie Institute as some of the think tanks along this section of Massachusetts Ave., between 17th and 18th Streets.

The first photo (black and white) is from April 2014.  The second photo is from November 2016.DC-265 7.jpg1785 Mass AEI.jpg

HABS photographer Jack E. Boucher’s funeral was held two years ago on Sept. 7th

The funeral was held at St. Mary Mother of God church in a 1890 building,with mass conducted in Latin by an elderly priest with his back to audience, until he turned around to speak of Jack in English. He talked about how Jack participated in Sunday services and they were always afraid he would falter in rising from kneeling. Given how conservative in religion and most other matters Jack was, it all seems very appropriate in a Victorian way.

The facade is Gothic and austere, but the sanctuary is Gothic and joyous. That also seems to fit Jack’s personality.

(c)Bill Lebovich,all rights reserved,2014St. Mary Mother of God 1

St. Mary Mother of God 2

St. Mary Mother of God 3

St. Mary Mother of God 4