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Demolition of Market Deli Building at 1st and L St, SE

by Prince Of Petworth July 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm 24 Comments

“Dear PoP,

Just thought the readers might be interested in the demolition occurring down in SE Navy Yard. They’re finally tearing down the Market Deli building that’s been there for not even sure how long. Please see attached photos for before and during shots. The second shot was taken this morning about 8:45am.”

  • CoHi

    Curious to know why the gas meter was blurred out in the photo?

    • textdoc

      The meter seems similarly blurred in Google Maps Street View… maybe that’s where the first photo was taken from?


      Street View seems to have a policy of blurring out license plates and people’s faces. Maybe they also consider the gas meter to be identifying information?

      From another angle, it looks like maybe there isn’t a gas meter at all, which makes the blurring in the other photo even more confusing:

  • Andy(2)

    Is there a DC Museum of History?
    In Seattle there is the MOHAI (http://www.seattlehistory.org/) that would collect the artifacts of landmarks like this that succomb to demolition. If so I hope they are saving signs, photos of neighborhoods as they were.

  • Anonymous

    urban renewal 21 century style.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of sad. I know it’s a run down building but every time I walked by there (I work in the area), I always hoped someone would reopen it as something that kept some of that neighborhood corner store feeling (even if it was a restaurant or shop or bar that wasn’t even remotely market deli-esque). I guess I shouldn’t hold out hope for the nearby garage either.

    • Native American JD

      I walked by it Sunday and it was a beauty. But it was also falling apart and probably past the salvage point.

      If only they were building AFFORDABLE homes for federal employees. But likely it will be more overpriced crap beyond the region’s median income.

      • victoria

        “They” who? “Affordable” for whom? Run the numbers and get back to us.

    • AmandaL

      I live one block from there so I walk by this every day on my way to work. As much as I like the idea of repurposing the building, it was riddled with asbestos. You can actually smell the asbestos when you walk by now. I just hope the family of kittens that were living in there are safe.

      • Jim Ed

        Yes, the kittens are safe. The construction foreman let the neighboorhood cat people come in and remove them all before demolition started.

        I believe the cats are up for adoption and have been spayed and neutered.

  • G.G. Tasaday

    ooooph, that was an old corner! glad it got photographed. should be sent to the Historical Society of Washington, DC or the Washingtoniana Room of the DC Public Library.

  • victoria

    I really want a chance to operate a smashing machine like that! If anyone ever did a charity event where they sold 15 min. slots to drive heavy equipment and crunch things they would make a fortune.

    • Pico

      Too dangerous for civilians, I’d imagine.

      • victoria

        Death by safety is a tragic fate!

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad, that building had a lot of character. That whole area could have been something great for DC before it was raised but it was speculated to death. Now it will be a modern suburb in the city devoid of substance.

    • Jim Ed

      yeah man, that neighborhood was TOTALLY better when it was a drug infested den of poverty within walking distance of the US Capitol. Clean, mixed use and walkable neighbohoods with a plethora of transit options totally sux!!11!!!1

      • Anonymous

        it was better for me before.

        but, there is still a whole lot of room between “drug infested den of poverty” and”modern suburb in the city devoid of substance.”

        just because someone disses one thing, doesn’t mean they want the exact opposite.

        • Jim Ed

          what does “modern suburb in the city” even mean?

          When I think suburb, I think tract housing, sprawl, chain resturaunts, and needing a car to get everywhere. And unless I missed the opening of a cheesecake factory recently, Near SE is the complete opposite of all of that.

          • cru

            many people don’t like 21st century urban. some of us like trying to hold on to neighborhoods that have human scale buildings that feel more like communities. i think anon 10:38 was lamenting a lost opportunity to fix up a form of neighborhood that they find preferable.

            he/she used “suburb” simply as a means to insult what they find to be a form of architecuture that is not conducive to the intimate community that lower density rowhouses create. many feel that “suburb” connotes a feeling of soulessness and disconnection.

            really though the argument is urban vs suburban. especially considering that we all have a lot of baggage with those words.


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