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The Woodward and Lothrop “Woodies” Colorization Project

 
 
The Woodward and Lothrop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 5, 2019
1. The Woodward and Lothrop Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1902, the original Woodward & Lothrop "Woodies" Department Store fronting on G street was designed by nationally recognized architect Henry Ives Cobb and remains a striking example of the Gilded Age in Washington, DC. The first two floors are richly ornamented with cast iron piers of decorative relief panels that include vine, urn and cherub motifs as well as shields with the W&L logo that were originally a monochromatic color palette.

Woodies was founded in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1873, the department store was moved to Washington in 1880 to the current site of the Navy Memorial at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Quickly outgrowing spaces in the neighborhood, the Woodies flagship store moved to this site, and from 1902-1926 built five additions that eventually occupied the entire block.

The ornate details of the cast iron had been obscured over the years by layers of paint. In 2011, Douglas Jemal endeavored to highlight this character defining feature by painstakingly cleaning the cast iron and introducing whimsical colors of the period that focus the exceptional design and craftsmanship of the buildings iron work.

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The Woodward and Lothrop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 5, 2019
2. The Woodward and Lothrop Marker
underneath the Woodward and Lathrop insignia is the stoic Zeus, the father of the gods. His daughters are depicted through the symbols seen in the branches of fruit, the blossoms, the cornucopia, and the vase, along with their fair-haired self-portraiture. In Greek mythology, these were the Goddesses of the order of nature and of the seasons. They also protect the law, good order, and peace. Traditionally, the Horae guarded the gates of Olympus, promoted the fertility of the earth, and rallied the stars and constellations.

The Woodward & Lathrop building was designated a DC Landmark in 1964 and is currently owned and operated by the Douglas Development Corporation.
 
Erected by Douglas Development Corporation.
 
Location. 38° 53.888′ N, 77° 1.569′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 10th Street Northwest south of G Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Patrick's Parish (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodies Comes to F Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Carroll Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John J. Donovan, Jr. (about 300 feet away); John Wilkes Booth's Escape (about 500 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 600 feet away); Bill W. and Dr. Bob (about 700 feet away); Discover DC / Gallery Place (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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