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On This Corner ...

 
 
On This Corner ... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
1. On This Corner ... Marker
Inscription. Imagine standing on this corner between the late 1800s and late 1960s. What would you see?

You would be surrounded by rowhouses, apartment buildings, small businesses, and streetcars rattling down G Street toward Union Station. The homes were occupied by a rich mix of families - Jewish, Irish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Greek, African American, and German. Holy Rosary Church, completed by Italian immigrants in 1923, stood a half-block south at Third and F Streets.

The suburbanization, freeway and federal office construction, and the 1968 riots led to the relocation of many residents.

By 1969, this triangular lot was vacant. That year the Jewish Historical Society saved the city's oldest synagogue by moving it here from Sixth and G Streets. It now stands before you as the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum.

Neighborhood Businessmen
Italian barber Pat Lignelli (left), Jewish tailor Simon Berman (center), and Chinese launderer Mr. Lee owned small shops along G Street in the 1930s. Other neighboring businesses included Sam Fabrizio's shoe repair store, Ramblin's grocery store, and Loesberg's Italian Store.

Sirota's Drug Store
This 1943 photo shows Irving Sirota (center), an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, in front of the drug store he operated on this corner from 1921 to 1957.
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By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
2. Neighborhood Map
This is a bird's-eye view of the neighborhood in 1921.
The pharmacy filled prescriptions, had a soda fountain, and sold candy, toiletries, and cigars. With Sirota are pharmacist Joe Snigowski (left) and cousin Jake Rothstein (right).

Berman's Tailor Shop
Gladys Berman stands in front of her father's tailor shop at 309 G Street. From 1910 to the 1940s, the shop pressed suits and cleaned and mended clothes. The family lived above the shop's original location at 313 G Street before moving to a house around the corner at 723 Third Street.

Neighborhood Scenes
Selma Levine Musher Goldberg holds George Berman (left) and other Berman children pose in front of their home (right). The block wasn't purely residential, though. Across Third Street sat Shrier's family-owned grocery, and up the block was a Sanitary grocery store - part of a local chain later purchased by Safeway.

The Harrison Apartments
The Harrison apartment building opened in 1888 and, after serving as headquarters for the 1890 census, welcomed residents into its 79 apartments. The ground floor housed a restaurant, bar, barber shop, and pharmacy. The city's oldest example of rowhouse-style apartments, the Harrison was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

This panel was made possible by the generosity of: Carol Loesberg Brody, Helene Sirota Edwards, Joan Sirota Gurevich, Alice Berman Levin,
Neighborhood Businessmen - Sirota's Drug Store image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
3. Neighborhood Businessmen - Sirota's Drug Store
National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

 
Location. 38° 53.91′ N, 77° 0.9′ W. Marker is in Judiciary Square, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street NW and G Street NW, on the left when traveling south on 3rd Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Adas Israel Synagogue (here, next to this marker); Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum (a few steps from this marker); Cristoforo Colombo (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victims of Communism Memorial, (approx. 0.2 miles away); Discover DC / Judiciary Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The National Building Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Reservation 196 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Judiciary Square.
 
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Berman's Tailor Shop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
4. Berman's Tailor Shop
Neighborhood Scenes image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
5. Neighborhood Scenes
The Harrison Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
6. The Harrison Apartments
On This Corner ... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
7. On This Corner ... Marker
Harrison Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 30, 2011
8. Harrison Apartments
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 15, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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