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Fun Central: 1913

Fun Central: 1913

"Arcade Market." The Arcade building in Washington circa 1913, with "garden movies," bowling, billiards, dance pavilion, cafe, soda fountain and who knows what other fun stuff. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Old facade on Irving Street

Can anyone help us find photos of the car dealership whose facade still remains at DCUSA on 14th and Irving that Ellwood Thompson's will be occupying? It would be great to have that in the store!

Why Not?

I would have thought "Loose Wiles" might have applied to some of the patrons of the dancing parlor instead.

September Song

"Broken Threads United" was released Aug. 29, 1913. That, plus the tree in full leaf and the notice about the Dancing Pavilion to open Oct. 1, dates this as probably sometime in September of 1913. I love the clues in these pictures.

The delivery cart ... who else ate Sunshine Animal Crackers?

Car Barn to Market

The unique architecture of this building stems from its original use as a car barn for trolleys. Sadly, it was razed in 1948.

Washington Post Nov 3, 1909

Park Savings Bank Opens

Opening its doors Monday morning, the Park Savings Bank, which was recently organized with a capital stock of $50,000, surpassed the expectations of those interested by recording at the close of the first day's business more than $100,000 in deposits. ... The quarters of the new bank are on the north side of the Arcade amusement building and are fitted with up-to-date appliances for carrying on a banking business.

Washington Post Jan 30, 1910

Fun Palace Soon to Open

Washington is to have an amusement palace which will compare will with Coney Island, Earl's court, London, and all other famous places of the world. St. Valentine's day has been selected by the management as the most appropriate time to start the fun. This is to the furnished to Washingtonians by the Midway Company, which has located its amusement palace in the Arcade Amusement Company's immense building at the corner of Fourteenth street and Park road northwest. The structure has been rebuilt and gorgeously decorated for the purpose. ... In addition to the amusements in the Midway Palace proper, the Arcade company has fitted up a large dance hall and a moving picture parlor. There also will be a billiard and pool room and a bowling alley. A dainty Dutch restaurant will supply tasty dishes.

Washington Post Apr 23, 1910

Arcade Company Will Accommodate Farmers

Announcement is made that on May 15 the Arcade Amusement Company will open on the ground floor of the old car barns at Fourteenth street and Park road, which site it has purchased and recently remodeled, a modern market house, capable of accommodating hundreds of merchants.

Washington Post Dec 10, 1910

Arcade Market Ready

The new Arcade Market, on Columbia Heights, at Fourteenth street and Park road, will be opened for business tomorrow morning at 5 o'clock. The lower floor of the building in which the market will be located has been in the hands of carpenters, decorators, and finishers for several weeks and has been converted into one of the most up-to-date and best-arranged establishments of its kind in the city. ... The market occupies the entire first floor of the big Arcade building. A large enclosed paved plaza has been provided for country wagons. A series of refrigerating rooms for several classes of goods is located in the rear, as is a large room lined with cork and cement for the cold storage of furs and rugs. Arrangement has been made for delivery automobiles to enter the building and load under cover. A balcony for ladies overlooks the entire market.

Washington Post Mar 7, 1948

New Building Will Replace Historic Arcade Market, Shops

The Arcadia Building, Washington's former carbarn landmark at 3134 14th st. nw., is scheduled to be razed within six weeks to permit erection of a new two-story and basement building providing all facilities found in the current structure, plus many more.

The Arcade

This is on 14th Street NW between Park Road and Irving Street in Columbia Heights. The DC USA mall is on the site now.

The name still lingers in the neighborhood -- there is an apartment building called the Parcade on Park Road, and until 2003 there was an Arcade Auto Repair on Irving:

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