Washington, DC’s historic Easter Market has been featured as “building of the week” in an article written by local architecture journalist, Jacqueline Drayer.
The article, published by Greater Greater Washington describes the story behind Eastern Market and the many struggles it has endured since its construction in 1873. From threats for closure by the Washington, DC government to a destructive fire in 2007, Eastern Market has survived to become the thriving market it is today.
Highlighted in the article is the structure’s architecture and style, designed by prominent architect Cluss. “Eastern Market’s architecture typifies commercial buildings of the era,” writes Drayer. "Cluss designed it to be a utilitarian structure, looking to dominant themes in market design that included natural light, improved ventilation, and easy entrance and exit”. According to Drayer, the market later underwent and expansion in 1908 and suffered a devastating fire in 2007.
After the fire, Quinn Evans Architects led a comprehensive rehabilitation and improvement project for the Market under an accelerated delivery schedule. The project restored the historic fabric and elements of the building including its ornate cornices, windows, slate roof, and exterior masonry. In addition, new infrastructure and systems such as HVAC, fire alarm, telephone, data, and lighting systems were installed. Fire protection & air conditioning were added to the building for the first time in its history. The building was also made accessible with improved amenities for the employees and the public. The comprehensive project incorporates sustainable strategies that were part of the original construction – including optimization of natural ventilation and daylight. Additional features include storm water filtration, high efficiency HVAC systems, low wattage lighting, and increased building envelope thermal resistance.
"Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the market is once again restored to its intended purpose... The effort to resurrect Eastern Market preserved a slice of DC's cultural heritage, the heart of the Capitol Hill community, while saving a historic building that is truly a treasure."
Eastern Market Rising, Traditional Building Magazine
The rehabilitation retains the original function and character of the market while providing a modernized and refreshed environment for market operations and community use. The beloved landmark re-opened on 26 June 2009 to much applause and public acclaim.
Read the full article here.