Check out the “old bones” that lie under the drywall, linoleum, indoor/outdoor carpet, and drop ceiling at the former Payless Shoes site on Columbia Road. More importantly, it’s the former Avignone Freres historic bakery, which furnished the White House with cakes and pastries.
If you walk by the site today, you can still see the same square pillars. Hopefully, the original marble (or faux marble) columns can still be unearthed beneath the drywall that’s there now…”
Payless Shoes closed at 1777 Columbia Rd, NW in Nov. 2011.