On Monday, July 17, 2017 the American Institute of Architects, DC (AIA|DC) held their reception for Wish You Were Here: Vintage Postcards of Washington, D.C. which opened at their District Architecture Center. The exhibit takes visitors on a visual journey through the Washington, D.C. of yesteryear using early-to-mid 20th century postcards. This exploration is comprised of over 300 reproductions from the collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the D.C. Public Library and the National Building Museum. The exhibit examines tourism in the nation’s capital by highlighting different themes including sightseeing, transportation, street scenes, museum and government buildings, commercial establishments, sacred spaces, and parks.
AIA|DC also invites the public to become part of the exhibit by sending in their own postcards of their summer travels or from friends and family abroad. For details about submitting postcards see directions from AIA|DC here.
You can view a selection of the postcards from our collection as part of the exhibit below – make sure to catch it in its entirety before it closes on Friday, September 8, 2017!