History of the Portland Flats on Thomas Circle 1880-1962

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From the Streets of Washington blog:


For Victorian decorative exuberance—some would call it excess—few buildings in Washington could compare with the Portland Flats apartment house, which stood on a slender triangular lot just south of Thomas Circle from 1880 to 1962. The Portland was the city's first luxury apartment house, the equivalent in its time to the Watergate, as historian James Goode has suggested, and the closest Washington has come to having its own Flatiron Building. Its rise and fall mirrored the fluctuating prosperity of the Thomas Circle neighborhood as well as the changing tastes of Washington's most affluent residents.


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The Portland, circa 1924 (author's collection).