“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Commerce and Community

Tour of Duty


—Barracks Row Heritage Trail —

Commerce and Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 19, 2013
1. Commerce and Community Marker
Inscription.  The home/music studio of John Esputa, Jr., once occupied the site of 511 Eighth Street (Shakespeare Theatre’s rehearsal hall.) Among Esputa’s students in 1861 was eight-year-old John Philip Sousa, whose irresistible marches made him one of America’s first musical superstars.

The street’s small gable-roofed buildings probably pre-date Sousa’s era, while the larger buildings were erected during a post-Civil War building boom. In 1877 Adam DeMoll contributed the two- story brick building on the northeast corner of Eighth and E. Here he, and later his son Theodore, operated a drug store. The family lived upstairs.

At 525 Eighth Street is one of a string of pubs built by Albert Carry and designed by Clement Didden. Carry came to Washington from Germany in 1887, helped found the National Capital Bank of Washington (1889), and built the National Capital Brewing Company (1890). When Prohibition became law in 1917, the brewery became an ice cream factory. Eventually Carry sold it to concentrate on real estate and banking. Carry’s daughter Marie married Didden’s son George, uniting the two entrepreneurial families.

West side of 8th Street looking south past marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 19, 2013
2. West side of 8th Street looking south past marker
Harmony Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows, dedicated to fraternity and good works, built the street’s grandest structure here at 516 Eighth in 1878. The lodge held its meetings upstairs until around 1900, when it merged with a lodge downtown. The elegant Second Empire style building passed through many hands until 1997, when the Shakespeare Theatre purchased the dilapidated building and restored it for office space.
Erected 2004 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Barracks Row Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 52.95′ N, 76° 59.7′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street Southeast and E Street Southeast, on the right when traveling north on 8th Street Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 541 8th Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Healing the Wounded (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Neighborhood For Everyone (about 400 feet away); Oldest Post of the Corps (about 500 feet away); At the Crossroads (about 500 feet away); The Old Naval Hospital (about 600 feet away); Edge of the Row (about 600 feet away); John Philip Sousa (about 700 feet away); In the Alley (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
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    — Submitted April 29, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.

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