Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
[The Great Seal of the United States]
In 1800, the building erected on this site by Samuel Blodget was the scene of the first theatrical performance given in Washington.
From 1812 to 1836 it sheltered the city post office and, for part of that period, the Post Office Department and the Patent Office.
And here after the burning of the Capitol, the Congress of the United States was convened, September 19th 1814.
Erected by U.S. Government.
Location. 38° 53.776′ N, 77° 1.344′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on E Street, NW, west of 7th Street, NW. Click for map. Marker is on the lower right side of the rear (south side) entrance to the old General Post Office building which is presently occupied by the Hotel Monaco. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel F. B. Morse (within shouting distance of this marker); Clara Barton, Angel of the Battlefield at Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Missing Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); General Post Office The Roots of Freedom and Equality (about 400 feet away); Abraham Lincoln Walked Here (about 400 feet away); Patent Office Building (about 400 feet away); The Daguerre Monument (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Downtown.
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1. History of the Patent Office, Chapter 7. ... Washington, in 1793, was a "city" of about 300 residents, most of them speculating on the future of the proposed new capital city. One of them, Samuel Blodgett Jr., a native of New Hampshire and a Revolutionary War officer, had made a fortune in the East India trade and hoped to increase it in Washington. He promoted a lottery to advance his real-estate interests and offered a "Great Hotel" worth $50,000 as first prize. He built Blodgett's Hotel as the prize but did not finish it before he went bankrupt. Little is known of the early use of the partially completed structure except that some public meetings were held there ... (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. U.S. Senate - Emergency Quarters, 1814. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Samuel Blodgett
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