Snapshot of Georgia Avenue in 1933

The Park View Market opened in 1923 and survived into the mid 1930s

What is the correct mix of goods, services, and daily life along Georgia Avenue? That’s a question that many in the community ask themselves as each new development along the corridor gets underway.

In light of the discussions that will be occurring due to the Community Review of Georgia Avenue at Howard University this Saturday, I thought it would be interesting to see what Georgia Avenue looked like when it was a vibrant thoroughfare.

One way to do this is to consult the old District of Columbia Directories. The chart below was gleaned from the information contained in the 1933 edition and contains the most commonly found businesses along the strip.

Snapshot of the Goods and Services available on Georgia Avenue in 1933 (btw Gresham & New Hampshire)

A full list of the types and quantities of goods and services available between Gresham and New Hampshire Avenue in 1933 is after the jump

Goods and Services along Georgia Avenue (btw Gresham & New Hampshire), 1933

  • Auto repair shops (1)
  • Bakers (2)
  • Banks (1)
  • Barbers (11)
  • Battery shops (2)
  • Beauty salons (1)
  • Bottle supply shops (1)
  • Cleaners/Laundries (15)
  • Confectioners (7)
  • Contractors (1)
  • Dentists (1)
  • Department stores (1)
  • Dime stores (1)
  • Drug stores (3)
  • Elevator repair companies (1)
  • Florists (1)
  • Furniture stores (2)
  • Gas stations (5)
  • Hardware stores (2)
  • Jewelry stores (1)
  • Lawyers (1)
  • Markets, Grocers, Delis, etc. (29)
  • Music teachers (2)
  • Notions (i.e. variety stores) (3)
  • Paint stores (1)
  • Photographers (1)
  • Physicians (1)
  • Plumbers (1)
  • Radio shops (2)
  • Refrigeration Companies (1)
  • Residences (115)
  • Restaurants (4)
  • Roofers (1)
  • Sheet metal workers (2)
  • Shoe stores/shoe repair shops (9)
  • Sign companies (1)
  • Tailors/Clothing stores (4)
  • Theaters (1)
  • Tile and Marble shops (1)
  • Tinners (1)
  • Undertakers (1)
  • Upholsterers (3)
  • Vacant (14)
  • Veterinarians (1)
  • Wallpaper stores (1)

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One Comment on “Snapshot of Georgia Avenue in 1933”

  1. JM Says:

    1933 is an interesting choice, since Prohibition wasn’t completely lifted until the end of the year. It would be interesting to look at 1935 or 1936 and see how many bars and liquor stores replaced “Vacant”.


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