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Center Market postcard
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Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

Center Market , once the largest market in Washington, was located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. It was built in 1871 and designed by Adolph Cluss, architect for a dozen other public buildings in Washington, D. C. including Eastern Market and the Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian Institution. The market featured large airy well lit indoor stalls for 700 vendors, cold storage vaults, elevators, and a public cafe. Vendors sold meats, fish, dairy, and produce until about noon six days a week. With the exception of Saturday, when the market had its busiest day and stayed open all day.

Center Market served Washingtonians until 1931 when it was razed to make way for the Federal Triangle complex of government buildings. The National Archives now stands where Center Market once stood.

Physical Description
Artifact. Color postcard.
Date Made:
Dist of Columbia
Related People, Places, and Events
Location of market
Washington, D.C.

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