Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mediterranean Imports

Hub, Home, Heart

 

— Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —

 
Mediterranean Imports Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
1. Mediterranean Imports Marker
Inscription.  
Maryland Avenue in the 1930s was home to immigrants from around the Mediterranean. Evelyn Kogok Hier grew up at 1328 Maryland Avenue. She remembered her next-door neighbor, the Right Reverend Ayoub (Job) Salloom, hosting after-church gatherings where men shared a hookah, the ancient water pipe for smoking tobacco. Rev. Salloom ministered to the tight-knit "Little Lebanon" community at St. George's Syrian Orthodox Church on Eighth Street, NW. As a child, Kogok remembered, she would cut through Linden Court to H Street and the candies at Lebanese-owned Farris & Son's Confectioners. The Atlas movie house replaced Farris's in 1938.

Many of the neighborhood's Greek immigrants started up the economic ladder selling produce from huckster wagons, then renting stalls at the wholesale markets before opening their own, often food-related, businesses. In the 1940s the Pappas and Callas families operated produce stands at Union Terminal Market on Florida Avenue. The Cokinos family ran the nearby Goody Shop confectionery beginning in 1910. Greeks owned the Rendezvous Club and the Paramount, Kavakos, Chaconas, and Bacchus grills along
Back of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
2. Back of Marker
H Street between here and Seventh Street. On the Fourth of July, their children donned traditional Greek military uniforms to march in the neighborhood parade.

Although African American families had long lived in the neighborhood, deeds originally restricted some blocks, including this on, to whites. African American educators James L., and Gustava Eubanks operated Washington Junior College of Music at 12th and G before moving it to 1252 Maryland Avenue in 1947.

Noted African American architect Lewis Giles, Sr. (1893-1974) grew up on Linden Place, which you will pass on your left as you walk to Sign 13.

To reach Sign 13, turn right on 13th Street, cross H, and turn left.

Discover More ...
Just across G Street from this sign is Linden Court, one of the area's inhabited alleys. In 1897 more than 100 African American families lived in tiny, flat-fronted rowhouses alongside stables and workshops. The houses on the north side of the alley were demolished in 1937 to make way for the Atlas Theater, but enough remain to give the flavor of the old community.
 
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Places
Mediterranean Imports Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
3. Mediterranean Imports Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Greater H Street Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 53.932′ N, 76° 59.208′ W. Marker is in the Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Maryland Avenue Northeast and G Street Northeast, on the right when traveling west on Maryland Avenue Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1338 G Street Northeast, Washington DC 20002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Culture and Commerce (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enterprising Families (about 800 feet away); The Hub (approx. 0.2 miles away); District of Columbia Fire Department (approx. 0.2 miles away); The City Woman (approx. ¼ mile away); The Changing Faces of H Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Life on H Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Home Theatre 1916-1951 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlas District.
 
Linden Court Alley entrance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
4. Linden Court Alley entrance
Between the white and the blue-gray buildings.
Right Reverend Salloom image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
5. Right Reverend Salloom
Left: The Right Reverend Ayoub Salloom poses with his hookah in back of his home at 1330 Maryland Ave., 1920. Inset: The Right Rev. Salloom in priestly garb.

Right: Salloom children Mary, top, Edward, Helen, and Futine with a neighbor on the family's front steps.
Lebanese and Greek Immigrants image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
6. Lebanese and Greek Immigrants
Top: Evelyn Kogok, daughter of Lebanese immigrants, on her wedding day at 1328 Maryland, Ave., 1951.

Bottom pair: Greek immigrants Alex and Peter Cokinos, seen about 1919, ran the Goody Ship at 1103 H St. At Right, Nikos Nikitakis, descendant of the Pappas family, dresses in the traditional military uniform to celebrate Greek Independence Day, 1986.
Children and Students image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
7. Children and Students
Top Right: Barbara Miller celebrates her fifth birthday with friends in front of her home at 1308 Maryland Ave., 1941

Center Left: Lewis Giles, Sr., left and a friend pitch horseshoes in the back yard of 1200 Linden Pl., around 1903.

Lower Right: Washington Junior College of Music students. This was the last of three music schools owned and operated by the Eubanks family on Capitol Hill from the mid-1930s to 1960. Children and adults studied musical instruments, theory, voice, Spanish, and philosophy.
Discover More Sidebar image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
8. Discover More Sidebar
The sidebar includes an illustration captioned, Linden Court, a 2009 acrylic by Brett Busang.
Maryland Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2012
9. Maryland Avenue
The view to the Capitol from Maryland Ave. at 12th and F Sts., 1920s. Lifelong resident Barbara Miller Murphy remembered watching President Franklin D. Roosevelt pass by there in his open car.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on July 7, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Sep. 23, 2020