The Metropolist

D.C. Area Residents Recall Some of Their Fave Bygone Places

By The Metropolist
Friday, October 16, 2009

METROPOLIST

Our alphabetical dance down memory lane, visiting places that have disappeared from the Washington area landscape, is nearing its end.

The YWCA

The red brick building, and its adjoining resident home for transient ladies, stood on the corner of 17th and K streets NW, near the K Street firehouse.

In the Y's third-floor, dark-paneled, balcony-surrounded ballroom, as a fifth-grader, I learned the 1-2-3 waltz and the add-a-step foxtrot.

To use the upstairs pool, swimmers were required to rent Y-owned, sanitized, light green suits. The trick was to find in the stack one the right size with the fewest holes!

During World War II, this was the place to be on Saturday nights. The USO entertained our service men and women with music for dancing. and we girls were volunteer dance partners.

-- Doris Powell Schultz,

Alexandria

They had a lovely gift shop with reasonably priced items for last minute gifts. They also had a great bakery counter with delicious cakes that often became part of office celebrations. But it was their chocolate chip cookies that were to die for. They were mouthwatering and monster-size long before super-size became the norm.


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