Archive for the Markets Category

Lost Washington: Center Market

Posted in Cluss, Adolph (1825-1905), Federal Triangle, Markets, Victorian with tags , , , on August 6, 2009 by Kent

Grand Central Palace, which contains bowling alleys and billard parlor at Center Market, Washington, D.C.The block where the National Archives is located, bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Ave, 7th Street, and 9th Street, NW, was once the location of Center Market. Designed by Adolph Cluss, it was built in 1871. It was expanded in the 1880s with large wings also designed by Cluss.

Open six days a week from dawn until noon, the market had thousands of daily customers. The structure was a model market with good light, ventilation, drainage, and wide aisles. It was razed in 1931.
Center market interior ca. 1922

Center Market, B Street (Constitution) side

Center Market, B Street (Constitution) side


Vandalism of Rock Creek Market Delays Opening

Posted in Markets, Park View with tags , , on July 27, 2009 by Kent

P1010003Vandalism of the Rock Creek Market, first with graffiti on June 18th (right), and later with the breaking of two windows (below), has caused concern to the owner and developer of the store. Having to deal with senseless vandalism prior to even being open has fortunately not ended this great addition to the neighborhood before its even begun.

While everything is still on track to open, the date has now been moved to the middle of August. This will allow for the repair of the recent damage and the inclusion of additional precautions against property crime.
Damaged window, corner store

Rock Creek Market News

Posted in Markets, Park View with tags , , on July 2, 2009 by Kent

Rock Creek MarketAt last night’s Park View UNC meeting, the owners/developers of the Rock Creek Market attended to tell the community about their progress, and ask the neighborhood what kind of market they wanted.

They clearly stated that the goal is for the market to belong to the neighborhood. They want it light and accessible, and they want to carry items in support of the neighborhoods needs. To that end, a sheet was passed around to attendees so that they could write down their top three items that they want the market to stock, which gives the owners a better idea of what to carry.

One member at the meeting suggested they take a look at the market in Le Droit Park at 4th and T, as that sounded like the type of market they are attempting to create.

It was also mentioned that they have applied for a licence to carry wine and beer, but that would not be in place for their opening … which is still on track for the end of July or early August.

Another idea that was floated was to have outdoor seating. It was well received and is something that will be considered. Again, that will not be in place when the market opens.

The hours are currently planned to be 8 am to 1o pm. Depending upon community support and demand, those hours may change, but the market will not be a 24 hour establishment.

Lastly, as to the structure, they have decided to put bars on the windows. As you can see below, I think they are tasteful and it was a better option that leaving the windows boarded up like they were.Rock Creek Market windows

This Date in History

Posted in July, Markets, Park View with tags , on July 1, 2009 by Kent

July 1, 1922: Morris Cafritz Co., Inc. announced that construction had begun on the Park View Market at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Park Road, NW. The market was intended to embody all the new features and accommodations of its day, and Mr. Cafritz stated that when completed the building would be the only day-light market within four walls in this part of the country.Park View Market Ad Jan. 1923

Then and Now: The O Street Market

Posted in Markets, Shaw with tags , on June 24, 2009 by Kent

Northern MarketThen: The Northern Market, aka the O Street Market, photographed in August, 1959 (Image from Historical Society of Washington, DC, #PR 0011B).

Northern Market aka O Street MarketNow: A shell of its former self since its roof collapsed in 2003.

Located on the northwest corner of 7th and O Streets, NW, the Northern Market dates to 1881, when a group of displaced vendors selected the land after Boss Shepherd demolished the original Northern Liberties Market in 1872.

By July 21, 1881, the market — which ran 192 feet on 7th street and 90 feet along O Street — had foundations laid and the walls five feet above the ground. The building was scheduled to be ready for rafters and roofing by August 1. When completed, the market was estimated to cost $19,200 with land costing $23,000. Land values in the immediate area began to rise as the new market was being constructed.

Serving the community solidly from the time of its opening, it gradually fell into disrepair. Seemingly without major structural problems, the building was emptied of tenants several months prior to construction in anticipation of its transformation into an upscale shopping center when the unthinkable happened.

Following a weekend blizzard, the roof gave way under the weight of snow on February 18, 2003. On the brink of a major renovation, the company leading that renovation was confident that work on the building would continue. Despite this, the hollow shell of the market still sits in limbo, with development hinging on financing. Facing yet another hurdle, last week the O Street Market was among listed projects with approved funding that may have funds diverted to finance the new Convention Hotel planned for the city.

Eastern Market Reopening This Friday

Posted in Capitol Hill, Cluss, Adolph (1825-1905), Markets with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by Kent

Eastern Market InteriorEastern Market is set to reopen this week after the devastation fire that closed it on April 30, 2007. The renovations cost $22 million.

I like that they paid particular attention to historical details great and small … such as choosing a dark salmon pink for the interior that was the same color that was used when the building first opened in 1873.

The Washingtonian has a great article on the process Eastern Market went through during the renovation, including a lot of photos of the interior, which you can read/see here>>

Yes! Organic Market on Georgia Ave. Nearing Completion

Posted in 16th Street Heights, Markets, Petworth with tags , on May 22, 2009 by Kent

Nothing announces an impending opening like a big sign in the window. Yes! Organic Market is scheduled to open later this summer. The ribbon cutting for the building in which Yes! will be located — 3100 Georgia Ave. — was on March 31st of this year, so things are really moving along.Yes! Coming Soon!(Thanks to Wayan Vota for sending this photo)