Update on the Lock-keeper’s House

Cross-posted at elizabethhuhn.com.

I’ve written in the past about the Lock-keeper’s House, one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall in DC, and a remnant of DC’s less glamorous past.

I have two things to add. First, the work has gotten underway, thusly:

It kind of looks like it’s been patched up with cardboard and duct tape, though I’m sure that not what it is. Also, though the picture is bad, it says that the Lock-keeper’s House is moving “only 50 feet.” Which is good, I guess? It will at least get it away from the (very) busy street.

Second, there’s this article about the remnants of the Washington City Canal. The “lock” part of “Lock-keeper’s House” refers to locks on the Washington City Canal, which ran under what is now Constitution Avenue. I had no idea, but apparently you can actually kayak right into part of the old canal, in a tunnel under the street:


I seriously want to do that someday.

Good News about the Old Lock-keepers House

So, earlier this year, I made a post about the old Lockkeeper’s house, one of the oldest structures in the District of Columbia and a reminder of the capital’s less glamorous past. It’s just been announced that American Express has given $1 million to help restore the deteriorating building and move it back from its current curbside position (it’s currently right on the very busy Constitution Avenue).

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post: