SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Liberty Market: 1920

Liberty Market: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Northern Liberty Market (Convention Hall Market) at Fifth and K." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

Marketplace of Ideas

Thanks for using the DCPL Commons. For some reason it is strange to me that this building's last use was to house a wax museum.

Let us know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see,

Aaron Schmidt
Digital Initiatives Librarian, DCPL

Liberty Market in color

The Washington DC Library has recently begun posting photos from the E.B. Thompson collection to the DC Public Library Commons at Flickr. There are some wonderful color lantern slides including this one of Liberty Market a.k.a Convention Hall. The slide is undated but appears to be of similar vintage to the 1920 National Photo Co. image.

A masterpiece

We won't see buildings of the like again.

More pics of that fine beauty:

Liberty Market

When I went to college in DC in the late 1970's a bit of this still remained -- it was leveled down to the first floor and given a flat roof -- but for some reason parts of the corner spires were allowed to stick up. For a while it housed a really tacky wax museum.

What architecture

I love Shorpy, but the idea that magnificent structures have disappeared is kinda sad. In my home town we had two huge market halls, also with wonderful detailing - also torn down somewhere in the fifties. * sigh *3

Washington Gothic

Born and lived in DC and later the burbs my whole life and I've never laid eyes on this building before. The building burned in the 40s and may have looked much different afterwards until it was torn down perhaps. I was born in 1957.

THAT is masonry...

That is what brickmasons are ALL about, right there. Sheer beauty and perfection.

Architecture With a Capital A

Impressive doesn't even begin to cover it. A joining of both architectural and photographic art.

A little history

What a beautiful building and a terrific picture. This site has a brief history of the building, but no pictures:

The Liberty Market burned in 1946 and was finally torn down in the 80s, and a replacement center was built nearby. Someone on flickr said that the parking lot you see there now will end up being condos soon, but I can't find any confirmation of that.


And now, a fine parking lot...

View Larger Map


I usually just surf the site but I just had to post "WOW!"

Well now.

This will certainly be humbling to anyone who considers himself a "photographer." Maybe I should just throw my pathetic little $3k camera out the window and become a "writer." Sigh.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.