From the Archives: Barracks Row in 2009 and Today

501 8th Street, SE in 2009

There’s been a tremendous amount of change all over the city but I feel like people don’t remember what Barracks Row used to look like. Here’s that same space, home to The Chesapeake Room, below:


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  • Love it. I moved to the Hill in 2008, and it’s amazing how much has changed. I remember when Lola’s first opened it was such a big deal to have a spot that was a step above a dive but not a cocktail bar. Now pretty much every bar in the neighborhood is a carbon copy.

  • Wandering 2007 DC in Google Street View with the current imagery in the picture-in-picture is a great time-suck.

  • still remember house hunting on the Hill in early aughts and seeing someone defecate in broad daylight in neighboring 8th St. entryway

  • Ally

    Kind of neat that the old building had all the aquarium/aquatic painting detail on the side and that Chesapeake Room continued that. I’m sure it was coincidence, but still kind of neat. And, while I know people have mixed reviews of how the restaurants along there have developed, having lived there since 2006 (and in DC since 1998), it’s such an improvement over what it was. And not just because Banana Cafe is my after-work sanity saver.

  • Speaking of Lola’s, are they just renovating or has Lola’s closed up for good? Haven’t seen anything about it on the web.

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