To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market (HM29DR)

Location: Washington, DC 20001
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N 38° 54.253', W 77° 1.127'

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Midcity at the Crossroads

—Shaw Heritage Trail —

After this neighborhood's original Northern Liberty Market on Mount Vernon Square was razed in 1872, a new Northern Liberty Market was built along Fifth between K and L streets. When owners decided that fresh farm products weren't drawing enough customers, they added a massive second-floor entertainment space. This was Convention Hall (1893), the city's first convention center, seating 6,000. While farmers did business on the first floor, the second floor hosted balls, banquets even bowling tournaments. Soon it was called Constitution Hall Market.

When the Center Market downtown on Pennsylvania Avenue was razed in 1931 to build the National Archives, many vendors moved here. Convention Hall Market became New Center Market. Then in 1946 the building burned in a spectacular fire, visible for miles. Partially rebuilt with a low, flat roof, it continued to sell foodstuffs despite the arrival of modern supermarkets. But by 1966 the vendors were gone, and the building became the National Historical Wax Museum. When the museum closed, rock 'n' rollers flocked to "The Wax" for concerts. The city's second Convention Center opened in 1983 at Ninth and H streets, NW, and two years later the Wax Museum was demolished.

As you walk to sign 17, notice the handsome rowhouses on your right. These are part of a full square

of 53 houses designed and built in 1890 by the prolific T. Franklin Schneider. Developing an entire square, though common in most city neighborhoods, was unusual in Shaw, where most houses were built individually.
HM NumberHM29DR
Year Placed2006
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324946 N 4308084
Decimal Degrees38.90421667, -77.01878333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.253', W 77° 1.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 15.18" N, 77° 1' 7.62" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 L St NW, Washington DC 20001, US
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