Dragon’s Gate returns to Chinatown

Chinatown Gate
604 H Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the good news:

“Noticed a construction crew installing the refurbished gate the other day in Chinatown. What do you think of how it turned out?”


“DC Commission on Arts and Humanities removed the gate in April 2014 for restoration. The ornamental artwork was in severe disrepair and posed a safety hazard to adjoining businesses and the general public.

The Dragon’s Gate was created by Atlanta-based artist Andrew Crawford in 2007— as way of camouflaging and beautifying an otherwise drab alley corridor that housed trash bins and served as a service entrance. A conservator will restore it, and the goal is to return in in 2015.”

Awesome and ahead of schedule too!

3 Comment

  • i like the gate but it does a lousy job of concealing the alley and dumpsters.

  • Looks great, but I must say that little alley has been smelling FOUL these past few months. Walk past it twice a day commuting, and it has been much worse since about September.

    • Totally agree. The gate looks great, but the awful smell that emanates from that alley is wretched. Usually the small is only bad in the hot summer months, but we’re into October now and its still awful.

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