Convention Hall

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    Also known as the Northern Liberty Market, the Convention Hall was the chief competitor of Center Market and was built in 1874. Located on the east side of 5th Street, NW, between K and L Streets, the market was designed by James H. McGill and provided 284 vending stalls. Following a disastrous fire in 1946 the market was gutted and rebuilt beyond recognition. Its last use was a wax museum (1966-1974) and was finally razed in 1985. City Vista condominiums are on the site today.

    * mandi-7 *, Chauncy.Primm, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Mr.TinDC 61 months ago | reply

      After the fire, I believe only the first floor was rebuilt, giving it an odd, truncated look.

    2. leah_nahmias 61 months ago | reply

      I cannot believe they tore this building down.

    3. ceebee23 61 months ago | reply

      and as late as 1985 ...I thought we all knew better by then!

    4. parkview dc 61 months ago | reply

      Washington Kaleidoscope just posted on this yesterday at

    5. Angie C 61 months ago | reply

      so sad that it is gone, what a gorgeous building.

    6. rockcreek 61 months ago | reply

      One of the nicer shots of this building that I've seen - hope you'll be posting more images of non-federal/monumental D.C.

    7. Lú_ 60 months ago | reply

      This photograph is part of the post Photo Contest: D.C. Then & Now. Best of luck to all the entrants -- wish I could be one too!

    8. mystuart 42 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a structure; never saw this one before.

    9. bettyjames 36 months ago | reply

      Hi, I am bettyjames, Great Conventional Hall, I like this structure,,,,,,,Great Model and design........

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