Who Recognizes this Building?

by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm 35 Comments

mystery building

I was going through some of my old flickr archives and saw the building above and can’t for the life of me figure out where this was. At first I thought it was the old Bi-Rite supermarket and current home to Meridian Pint at 11th and Park Rd, NW but that’s not it. So anyone recognize this one? It almost looks like it could be Wonderland but it’s only one floor and Wonderland is two. Maybe it was a photo someone sent me because I’m totally blanking. Where is it? What is it now? It’s killing me!

Side note: I was looking at the awesome old (now gone) mural from the side of Bohemian Caverns at 11th and U St, NW:


  • Anonymous

    Almost looks like what is now Wonderland…

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      I don’t think so. Wonderland was a 2 story building from what I recall.

    • saf

      No. There was always a fence.

  • Anonymous

    shaw’s tavern?

    • Anonymous


    • beth

      no, shaw’s tavern was formerly One drop records

  • Anonymous

    Do you know when the photo was taken?

  • Anon

    It looks like the building that houses Ercilia’s in Mt Pleasant to me.

    • kken

      Looks like it but not it.

    • saf

      No. Before Ercilia’s, that spot was the Chopstick.

  • k$

    Le Diplomate?

    • Anonymous

      Orientation is wrong – Le Diplomate has a longer side to the left of the door, this building is very short on that side.
      (plus Le Diplomate was a dry cleaners until just recently, was never unsigned like this).

    • nope

      nope. that was a dry cleaner before and it took up the whole building. The stone is the same on le diplomate as it was on the dry cleaner too. I’m not trying to be rude, but le diplomate has only been around for a year so clearly you either never went to 14th st before it opened or haven’t lived here that long because that building is hard to forget that quickly. https://www.popville.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/14th_and_q_st_nw_2010.jpg

  • Anonymous

    its across the street from the red hen on first street nw.

    • kken

      Yup, thought I recognized it. Lived down the street from there!

      • Anonymous

        former hardware store, then the “junque shop”. now dry cleaners.

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re correct – the Amax Cleaners. Here’s a link to the streetview: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9148,-77.012153,3a,75y,45.56h,79.58t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sZk8IS1EE7tC2jnVRGDuZ-Q!2e0!5s2007-10

    • Anonymous

      Amax Cleaners.

    • Anonymous

      This brought me to google streetview, and nearby is a building greyed out on streetview and the blue “grid” that you can drop pegman is not available around that intersection. Makes me far more likely to want to find out what is happening on the NE corner of 1 and S NW than if the building were just shown!

      • Jay

        Wow, weird. I didn’t even know you could petition to have your building grayed out!

        • Chops

          Weird. That deserves its own post and discussion.

      • MRD

        So bizarre. The entire intersection is blocked from street view and now I just want to drive by and see what’s behind he blurred blob

  • Anonymous

    the pinch?

    • Anonymous

      Nope, the roofline is not the same.

  • OatsDC

    It’s the dry cleaner in Bloomingdale. Corner of 1st NW.

    • lovessoldier

      Winner, winner chicken dinner!!! First & Seaton NW.

      • whovous

        Amazing what a little paint can do.

        • Anonymous

          You’re joking, right?

          Different steps, different patio, changes to the walls, etc.

  • KenyonDweller

    Meridian Pint

    • KenyonDweller

      I just read your whole caption! I see it’s not Meridian Pint, but it sure looks like it to me. It’s definitely not Wonderland.

  • Self

    The liquir store at 9/M NW – I forget the name – NW corner

  • Anonymous

    Room 11?

  • dcdirewolf

    Yep, looked at it back when it was in probate, considered buying it, but didn’t. Memories.

  • Graham

    All of this makes me think that I’d love to see some pictures of the Wonderland spot before it was the Wonderland – when it was Knob Hill. KH was the oldest black gay bar in DC, from what I”m told. I never stopped in during the day, but I hear it was a hell of a scene, and you could feel the echoes of it when Wonderland first opened. Anyone document the old days?


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