Goethe-Institut moving from Chinatown to K Street in December

812 Seventh Street, NW

WAMU reports:

“After nearly 20 years in D.C.’s Chinatown, the Goethe-Institut Washington is saying “auf wiedersehen” to its building on 7th Street Northwest. Director Wilfried Eckstein says the landlord wants to raise the rent by more than 60 percent, so the German cultural center will move to K Street Northwest, near Farragut Square, in December.”

The report also says the new spot will be temporary (3 years) and won’t be able to show films. The Goethe-Institut will continue to look for a permanent home.

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  • The self-mocking German in me was going to make a joke about Germans moving west, or that I’ve heard rents in Poland are pretty affordable. But I won’t.

    But seriously, a 60% increase in rent? No wonder Chinatown looks like a mall. If this is the direction the city is heading, the heart of the District will look like Rockville or Tyson’s Corner by 2017, and be just as soulless.

  • This is really disappointing. I’ve been taking German lessons here for the past 3 years, in addition to enjoying their arts and film programs and the legendary Christmas party. I hope they’ll be up and running at Farragut Square soon.

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