After a devastating fire, Quinn Evans Architects designed the rehabilitation to renew this century-old civic building into a state-of-the-art public market facility.The project program retains the historic integrity of the landmark building, modernized it to integrate the requirements of a 21st-century food market, restores elements of the original daylighting and climate strategies, and incorporated green materials and systems.
A Disastrous Fire
On April 30, 2007, a fire in the early hours quickly engulfed the South Hall and eventually burned through the roof. Although the masonry walls and floor remained sound, the integrity of the roof was lost and windows and doors were seriously damaged. Immediately, the City pledged to rebuild. In an immense emergency effort the building was cleared of the debris, the structure was examined, and plans restoring the market were undertaken. Money was donated by the citizens to aid the displaced merchants, and the District and Federal governments quickly allocated funding to rebuild.
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