D.C. History Virtual Experiences
The Glory Days of F Street
Not long ago, downtown’s F Street was a mecca for D.C. area shoppers. Department stores such as Hecht’s, Woodward & Lothrop, and Garfinkel’s sold clothing, housewares, and furniture from handsome flagship buildings. When customers invariably grew hungry after shopping, they could tuck into a meal at the department store café or tea room or they could wander down the street to a full-fledged restaurant like Ebbitt House or Café Republique. Take a nostalgic trip back in time with Streets of Washington blogger John DeFerrari to an era when spending the day in downtown’s F Street commercial corridor was the popular pastime for Washingtonians. John will share the history of some of the notable F Street establishments that defined the shopping and dining experience for generations of Washingtonians.
John DeFerrari is a native Washingtonian with a passion for local history. He is the reviews editor for Washington History magazine and author of: Lost Washington, D.C.; Capital Eats: Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.; and Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. John serves on the board of the D.C. Preservation League and the Friends of Peirce Mill.
Hosted by Carolyn Crouch, founder of Washington Walks
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