Posts Tagged ‘Chinatown’

The Chinatown Aesthetic

July 20, 2021

The architecture of “Chinatowns” around the world have a similar style that can be traced back to the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. A vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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The Conspirator: Wok n’ Roll Rebel

April 10, 2011

The Conspirator: Wok n' Roll Rebel

Mary Surratt: “You want rice with that?”

Robert Redford’s movie about the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, “The Conspirator,” will premiere in wide release this week. The film depicts historical events that are particularly meaningful for Washingtonians, since they all took place around here. 

The conspirators included Mary Surratt, the only woman among the ten who were tried for conspiring to kill the President. The Surratts had a farmhouse in Clinton, Maryland, which they used as a tavern. After her husband died, Mary Surratt rented it out and lived in the family’s house in the District, where she took in boarders. The DC house was where the conspirators met.

Today, you can visit the Surratt farmhouse, now a museum.  It’s near Andrews Air Force Base. And the Surratt boardinghouse? It’s at 604 H Street, NW. Try and visit at lunch time. It’s a Chinese restaurant called Wok n’ Roll.


See the movie, get a free tour of the Surratt House Museum Details here. And read the excellent book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.

Image mashed-up by Mike Licht. T-Shirt from Ringleader Clothing.

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