Georgetown, Key Bridge, Rosslyn Circle (1965)

Looking from my office at 1401 Wilson Boulevard toward Washington in 1965. Key Bridge is in the center, crossing the Potomac River from Arlington to Georgetown. The Whitehurst Freeway branches off to the right, near the D.C. end of the bridge.


Rosslyn Circle is in the foreground. This view would change rapidly, as the small buildings were replaced by 12-story office buildings. The Key Bridge Marriott (orange roof) had just been built. The bus in the circle is a DC Transit No. 38 bus, from Rosslyn to downtown Washington.


This was as far as a DC Transit bus could go. Each juridiction had its own public transit system. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) would not be formed until 1967. DC Transit was still privately owned in 1965.

  • Ken Mayer 5y

    This is a great pic! What is the tall white/grey building between the Whitehurst and the Potomac? In my dim memory, the orange-roofed Key Bridge Marriott was a Hot Shoppes or eatery instead of a hotel. Is that true?
  • John H2000 3y

    Yes the orange roofed building is the Hot Shoppes. I think the tall white/gray building is Wilkins Rogers flour plant.
  • DevinBent 2y

    Yes, a great picture. As I remember the flour plant stunk.

    Dixie Liquors would have been directly across the river in that row of brick buildings?? The area was a center of interstate commerce -- people crossing from DC to eat at the Hot Shoppe and people crossing from VA to shop at Dixie Liquor.
  • DevinBent 2y

    Can I post this on my Facebook page? Everyone in my high school -- Western, now Duke Ellington -- use to go to the Hot Shoppe. I am still in touch with five people from that time.

    I will certainly understand if you say 'no'.

    I think students from Wilson High also went there. It's been a long time. I graduated in 1958.
  • ptk123 2y

    Great picture Roger.
  • Roger W 1y

    DevinBent Certainly.
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Taken on November 27, 1965
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