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Reliable Shoe House: 1920

Reliable Shoe House: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. Hahn's shoe store at Seventh and K streets N.W. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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Luther Reason Ray

I found a design by architect Luther Ray while researching him in the Library of Congress archives. It appears to have been either a plan for a remodel of a this building or one for a replacement. Do we know if it was ever built?

The old hotfoot

Hahn's shoe store was destroyed by a five-alarm fire on December 12, 1937.

You Are Here

The address is also in the medallion on the corner of the building.


Hahn shoes ware the best. Someone should start a Facebook for all Hahn's-related stuff.

Hahn Shoe DC

The corner occupied by Hahn is the SW corner of Seventh Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. K Street goes west to Seventh and stops at Mount Vernon Square, where Carnegie City Library was built. K restarts west of Ninth Street all the way to Georgetown.

[This is Seventh and K, not Seventh and Mass. - Dave]

Hahn Shoes: 1891

The Washington Post, Oct 13, 1891

William Hahn & Co. Formally Open Their New Establishment

William Hahn & Co. celebrated the occupation of their new place of business at 930 and 932 Seventh street yesterday and last night be a formal opening, that was attended by great crowds of people. The new building, which was demanded by the increasing trade of the firm, was built expressly for them. It is a beautiful structure, three stories high, and every available foot of space is devoted to the large assortment of goods handled by the firm. The fixtures are of oak, and the office cashier's box, and wrapping counter in the front of the main salesroom are an innovation on the usual methods of construction. The fixtures, for both gas and electricity, are black and form a pleasing contrast to the thousands of white boxes containing shoes. ...

That is neat

I would give my bottom dollar to have seen what new-old-stock they had available when they closed down. Size 8 please...


The building still exists, and the shoe store closed only about 10-12 years ago. I used to buy all my shoes there, including my first grown-up shoes for my first job, for a law firm across the street.

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