Near Northeast in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roll Out the Barrel
Hub, Home, Heart
—Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
George Juenemann opened his brewery and beer garden here in 1857, ten years after he came to the United States. For nearly 30 years Juenemann's Mount Vernon lager, dance pavilion, bowling alley, and dining hall entertained Washingtonians. German American families gathered here for food, drink, and fellowship that offered all ages a reminder of home. The Juenemann family lived nearby, and some employees lived on the site.
Cincinnati brewer Albert Carry bought the complex after Juenemann's 1884 death, but sold it a few years later. The Washington Brewery Company, as its new owners renamed it, operated until Congress, with exclusive jurisdiction over DC, closed all city breweries in 1917, two years before Prohibition took hold nationwide.
In 1830, when this area was still "country," Concordia (Lutheran Evangelical) Church, of the Foggy Bottom section of Northwest DC, established its cemetery here. Nearly 30 years later, the city passed an ordinance prohibiting burials within its
Trains and streetcars created the Near Northeast neighborhood around H Street. The B&O Railroad's arrival in 1835 made this a center of energetic, working-class life. Workmen living north of the Capitol staffed the Government Printing Office, ran the trains, stocked the warehouses, and built Union Station. When a streetcar arrived linking H Street to downtown, new construction quickly followed.
H Street bustled with shops and offices run by Jewish, Italian, Lebanese, Greek, Irish, and African American families. During the segregation era, which lasted into the 1950s, African Americans came to H Street for its department stores and sit-down restaurants. Most businesses welcomed all customers.
Then came the civil disturbances in the wake of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in 1968. Decades of commercial decline followed. Just off H Street, though, the strong residential community endured. The 2005 opening of the Atlas Performing Arts Center signaled a revival, building evocatively on H Street's past. Hub, Home, Heart is a bridge to carry you from that past to the present.
Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 38° 53.836′ N, 77° 0.133′ W. Marker is in Near Northeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of F Street, NE and 3rd Street, NE, on the right when traveling east on F Street, NE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swampoodle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gateway to The Nation's Capital (about 800 feet away); Community Caretakers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cathy Hughes (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Freedom Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Christopher Columbus (approx. ¼ mile away); Delaware Avenue & Columbus Circle, NE (approx. ¼ mile away); Sanctuaries (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Near Northeast.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 414 times since then. Last updated on February 11, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.