It’s always fun to look back at what was here before us. The Belle & Wissell studio of today occupies the same space as Manzo the Tailor (first photo below) in the Julius Horton Building. You can also see a small bit of the Julius Horton House next door. Julius’ brother Dexter Horton’s bank is around the corner (now Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Books).

The Horton House, and many other buildings in these photos were removed when Interstate 5 and entrance-ramps were added to the neighborhood in the 50s. Bummer.

These photos were taken as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration), attributed to the New Deal in the mid to late 1930s. Learn more about Georgetown history at

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