Crowds throng F Street near Woodward & Lothrop at holiday time 1940s PEOPLES ARCHIVE DCPL

The Glory Days of F Street

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
Led by 
John DeFerrari

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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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