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


Thomas Circle ca. 1905

Posted in Thomas Circle with tags on August 6, 2009 by Kent

Thomas Circle 1905

Report from Park View UNC Meeting

Posted in Development with tags , , on August 6, 2009 by Kent

While several issues were discussed at last night’s Park View UNC meeting, the highlight was definitely the presentation by Ted Trabue of the Green Builders Council of DC and architect Greg Kearley of inscapestudio as they presented their ideas for the properties at 3628-3632 Georgia Avenue, DC.

It seems that their concept has evolved since PoP first reported that a bar was coming to Georgia Avenue. The Green Room looks to be anything but a typical neighborhood bar. From the drawings displayed at the meeting the goal is currently a high end, media heavy space. Emphasis will be on seating rather than packing folks in. Entertainment may be anything from sports to politics to music. As you might expect, the newly crafted space will meet the minimum LEED Basic level for green buildings.

The Current proposal is only for the building at 3632 (next to Looking Glass). If the economy picks up, they hope to have the planned five-story building they ultimately envision started in 3+ years. Time will tell on that.

Other meeting topics

Other items that were raised were concerns on traffic speed along Park Place, street cleaning along Park Place, a proposed curb cut on Warder Street, and illegal dumping behind the Fisherman of Men Church. I’ll report more on these topics as they are more fully developed in months to come.

Fenty’s Summer Youth Gone Astray

Posted in D.C. Government, Park View with tags , on August 6, 2009 by Kent

Summer Youth program damageMayor Fenty’s Summer Youth Jobs Program strikes again. Yesterday, at the corner of Park Place and Princeton Place, NW, for no apparent reason, youth in the program cut down a crepe myrtle that was healthy and thriving in the area next to the road. That youth in the mayor’s job program are responsible is based on eye witness accounts.

This was one of two crepe myrtles that had been in this location. The other one had been snapped off at the base sometime last week, perhaps also by the same individuals.

Had the youth mistaken them for wild brush needing to be cleared, it would have been reasonable to presume that the severed branches would have been removed. As it is, its nothing short of vandalism.Summer Youth program damage

This Date in History

Posted in August on August 6, 2009 by Kent

August 6, 1922: When Policeman R. L. Jones, of the Eighth precinct, went to the home of Mrs. Julia Kidd, 56, of 224 1/2 Quincy place, to arrest her on a charge of disorderly conduct, he encountered dual opposition that for a moment almost baffled him. He had plenty to do when Mrs. Kidd resisted, he reported, but when her fox terrier dog executed a flank attack, the hard-pressed cop completed his task only by sheer heroism. Mrs. Kidd eventually was taken to the station, to be charged with disorderly conduct, assault and possession of an unlicensed dog. Jones went to Freemen’s hospital for treatment.

Then and Now: 477 H Street, NW

Posted in Chinatown, Then and Now with tags , on August 5, 2009 by Kent

International Exchange BankThen: The International Exhange Bank ca. 1920.
Blinded Veterans AssociationNow: Home to the Blinded Veterans Association.
Below is another image of the bank ca. 1920.
International Exchange Bank 2

Sculpture at Judiciary Square

Posted in Judiciary Square, Sculpture with tags , on August 5, 2009 by Kent

I never cease to enjoy the lion sculptures at the police memorial above Judiciary Square. Since I was there the other day, I thought I’d share a few shots.
Lion sculpture
Lion cubs sculpture