Eastern Market
Eastern Market Neighborhood Profile
One of three original open-air marketplaces when Washington DC was built,  Eastern Market is stocked with history and sustained by loyalty. Burned twice, nearly decimated by the Civil War & threatened with closure by the government, this remarkable landmark has survived to become the anchor of the vibrant Eastern Market neighborhood in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Getting Around in Eastern Market.
The Eastern Market neighborhood is extremely walkable with a WalkScore of 96. Eastern Market offers excellent public transport with a TransitScore of 82, & is a biker’s paradise with a BikeScore of 96.

Metro Station

Eastern Market runs on the Orange, Blue & Silver lines.


About 30 Bus Lines run through Eastern Market.


There are 8 Capital Bikeshare stations in Eastern Market.


ZipCar has 6 locations near Eastern Market.

From rows of fresh market produce to streets of Victorian, Romanesque, Queen Anne, Second Empire and Federal style homes, Eastern Market bursts with color and life.
Lose yourself in stacks at Capitol Hill Books. Sharpen your knife skills at Hill’s Kitchen. Blend with the smells, colors and sounds of the historic market. Barter at the Flea Market. Travel through time with Will at the Folger. Picnic on the steps of the Capitol Building. Watch the sunset parade at the nearby Marine Barracks. Split a platter at Ambar. Chill with art at The Fridge. Take an evening stroll through Marion Park. Sip artisanal coffee at Peregrine, then indulge in beignets from Bayou Bakery. Catch a game at the Hawk ‘n Dove. Hunt dino bones with Spot on Capitalsaurus Court. Settle down and stay a while.
Eastern Market Schools

Brent Elementary

Public • Grades PK-5

359 students • 13 student/teacher

Francis Chamberlain Middle PCS

Public Charter • Grades 6-8

213 students • 17 student/teacher

Cesar Chavez PCS

Public Charter • Grades 9-12

389 students • 11 student/teacher

For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger
Eastern Market History
The Eastern Market is of of the three original public marketplaces in Pierre L’Enfant’s plan for the city. Two pre-existing markets were located in Alexandria and Georgetown. The first Eastern Market, at 7th & L near the Navy Yard, took extensive fire damage during the British attack of 1814. After being repaired, it operated until supplies were cut off during the Civil War.
Eastern Market eventually fell into decline and was all but abandoned until 1873, when it was relocated to its current location, housed in a 19th-century brick building designed by Adolf Cluss on 7th Street SE, a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
The market downturn following World War II again threatened the Eastern Market. When the DC Government moved to close public markets in the mid-1950’s, fish market operator Charles Glasgow, Sr., suggested he assume management responsibility for the market. The Eastern Market Corporation was formed and leased the South and Center Halls, now managed by Eastern Market Ventures. Glasgow’s family still operates the fish market. In recent years, the Market has served as a focal point in the revitalization of the Capitol Hill area, making Eastern Market once again a “town center,” both politically and commercially.
Eastern Market was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Despite competition from grocery chains, the market has remained open, supported by local residents. Again damaged by fire in 2007, the market reopened in 2009 following an extensive renovation. Eastern Market is the only historic public market building remaining in the District operating with a public market function.
Sources: Wikipedia NPS.Gov The Hill is Home
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