Restoration of Georgetown's Call Boxes

Restoration of Georgetown's Call Boxes (HMGT8)

Location: Washington, DC 20007
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.455', W 77° 4.292'

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Georgetown's Call Box restoration project is part of a city-wide effort to rescue the District's abandoned fire and police call boxes. Known as Art on Call, the project has identified more that 800 boxes for restoration. Neighborhood by neighborhood, they are being put to new use as permanent displays of local art, history and culture. The Georgetown project highlights the anecdotal history of Georgetown and its unique heritage as a thriving colonial port town that predated the District of Columbia.

Police alarm boxes such as this one (originally painted blue) were established for police use starting in the 1880s. An officer on foot - as most were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - used the box to check in regularly with his precinct or to call for backup if needed. The police boxes were locked, opened by a big brass key that officers carried. Inside was a telephone that automatically dialed the precinct's number. Checking in regularly was a way to make sure the patrolman was doing his job, and also a way to make sure he was safe. Use of the call box system began to decline in the 1960s with the advent of two-way car radios and walkie talkies. The phones were finally disconnected in the 1970s and replaced with today's 911 emergency system.

Art on Call is a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art Program,District Department of Transportation, and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Citizens Association of Georgetown, Georgetown University
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HM NumberHMGT8
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Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 4:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320380 N 4308560
Decimal Degrees38.90758333, -77.07153333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.455', W 77° 4.292'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 27.30" N, 77° 4' 17.52" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1307-1399 37th St NW, Washington DC 20007, US
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