Lockkeeper's House, C & O Canal Extension - Washington DC
Posted by: akern.geo
N 38° 53.518 W 077° 02.386
18S E 323097 N 4306764
Quick Description: This C&O Canal Lockkeeper's House seems out of place today along busy Constitution Avenue, but when it was built the C&O Canal Extension connected the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers through a canal that ran here where the National Mall is now.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 5:59:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM8BMJ
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Extension was built in 1832-33 to connect the C&O Canal to the Washington City Canal between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Lockkeeper's houses, like this one remaining, were built along the length of the Washington Canal which ran where Constitution Avenue is now. The canal proved to be unprofitable and was abandoned by about 1855.
The Lockkeeper's House fell into disrepair until the 1930's when it was restored for park use. The House is located on park property on the National Mall but is not currently open for public entry.
SW corner of 17th St. and Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC USA
County / Borough / Parish: District of Columbia
Year listed: 1973
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Periods of significance: 1825-1849
Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Transportation - Single Dwelling, Water-Related
Current function: Other
Privately owned?: no
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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