Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Union Market, Then and Now

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

Reserve Now for Overbeck Lecture on Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  Capitol Hill’s other market – Union Market – has recently become a “foodie” destination and even greater changes are planned for the area unofficially known as Florida Avenue Market. On Monday September 25, Laura Hughes will present an illustrated lecture on the past and present of the Union Market warehouse district, notable for its unified design, architectural flourishes, and a history that is quite distinct from the 19th-century city markets.  Located north of Florida Avenue between Fourth and Sixth Streets NE, the warehouses were built between 1929 and 1939 to accommodate wholesale businesses displaced when Center Market was demolished for the construction of the Federal Triangle.  Hughes worked as the preservation consultant for the Office of Planning’s Small Area Plan and is the principal author of historical research on the market area that led in 2016 to its designation as a DC historical landmark site.  She is a principal of EHT Traceries, an architectural research and consulting firm in DC.

The lecture will be presented at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, at 7:30 pm. As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. To register go to or simply call 202-549-4172.  We suggest that all guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event. Seating will begin at 7:00 pm for those who hold reservations.  Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15 pm.

If you hold a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please let the organizers know at:

Like the rest of the Overbeck History Project, this lecture is sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, which relies on the generosity of donors like you.