The D.C. Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Review Board is expected to designate two connected buildings at the Maine Avenue Fish Market in Southwest as landmarks Thursday, based on a HPRB staff report obtained by City Paper and an application filed for the property in late July by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
The facilities—the Lunch Room Building and the Oyster Shucking Shed at 1100 Maine Ave. SW—were built between 1916 and 1918 as separate structures, then linked sometime between 1946 and 1970. Though they now stand in disrepair, with collapsed ceilings and damaged interior walls, they’ve also given Wharf developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront a unique opportunity for historic restoration.
“It survives as the last remnant of [the] extensive [Southwest Waterfront wharves] complex, ” the HPRB’s staff report reads. “The building… has suffered from alteration, partial demolition, enclosure, partial encapsulation and neglect, but the restoration of the buildings to nearly their original appearance is imminent.”
If approved (by a vote of HPRB’s members present at its meeting Thursday), the structure would join the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites and possibly the National Register of Historic Places.
Lead photo by Darrow Montgomery. Others via DMPED historic preservation application