2000 Pennsylvania Avenue
From GW Encyclopedia
Address: 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Square and lot, bordering streets: Square 101 (H, I, 20th, 21st Streets)
Date of construction: 1831-96; renovation and additional construction 1980-83
Original owner: Various
Architectural Description: The Shops at 2000 Penn is a shopping center built behind the facades of thirteen historic two-three story row houses (known as Red Lion Row) along I Street between 19th and 20th Streets. The historic buildings were joined together and some of their original materials retained during the construction of the shops and the attendant eight story office building that rises from the rear. The facades display materials, forms, and details characteristic of late 19th century residential and commercial architecture. Work began on 2000 Pennsylvania on December 28, 1982, and the complex was named on October 19, 1983.
Historic designation: DC Landmark 1/24/77; National Register 8/9/77
The row of 19th century townhouses on the 2000 block of Eye Street are known as "Red Lion Row" in reference to the Red Lion pub on the block. The triangular park that faces the block was once the site of the city's Western Market, established there in 1803. Many of the block's inhabitants at that time were merchants and kept small shops in their homes. At the time of GW's renovation of the row, most of the buildings were in poor condition, and a number stood vacant. The university worked with local preservation groups to find a plan for revitalizing the block that would preserve its historic character, provide new retail options for the neighborhood, and meet the needs of a growing university.
Photographic Credit: GW website
Author or Source: Reconnaissance-Level Architectural Survey Of Properties In Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., 1999 (RG0063, Series 10, Box 1, Folder 3)., 'Red Lion Row' House May Not Stand Much Longer,' Washington Post, July 7, 1977.
Document Location: University Archives
Date Added to Encyclopedia: December 16, 2006
Prepared by: Lyle Slovick
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