WASHINGTON — District of Columbia officials have obtained rare photo negatives from the 1909 inauguration of President William Howard Taft.
The negatives include images of Taft’s inaugural parade and evidence of a blizzard that forced Taft to take the oath of office indoors. They also show city hall, now called the John A. Wilson Building, just months after construction was completed.
Early images of the building are rare because it was built across a plaza from the original path of Pennsylvania Avenue. The avenue was redirected in 1980, putting the building directly on the inaugural parade route.
District officials planned to reveal the negatives Friday, and they’ll remain on exhibit in the atrium of the Wilson Building during regular business hours.