Former Bond Bread Factory and WRECo Bus Garage Nominated for Historic Landmark Consideration

1958 photo from WRECO landmark nomination showing both the bus garage (X) and Bond Bread factory at that time.

1958 photo from WRECO landmark nomination showing both the bus garage (X) and Bond Bread factory to the north at that time.

Something that may have slipped by unnoticed by many was the D.C. Preservation League’s landmark nominations of the former Bond Bread Factory (2146 Georgia Avenue) and the Washington Railway and Electric Company Bus Garage (2112 Georgia Avenue) at the beginning of February. Both buildings are empty and owned by Howard University. The nearby former Corby Bakery building (2301 Georgia Avenue) is considered by many to have lost too much of its architectural integrity to merit landmark consideration.

According to the nominations — which I encourage folks to read if they want to know more about these buildings — the 1929 Bond Bread Factory building is a high-style industrial building designed by architect Corry B. Comstock. Its style, quality craftsmanship, and decorative detailing are rare for the city’s industrial building stock. The Bond Bread Factory, although vacant, remains in good condition and retains its integrity.

The Central Bus Garage was constructed in 1930 to house and maintain the bus fleet of the Washington Railway and Electric Company. It continued in this usage through the incorporation of WRECO into the newly-formed Capital Transit Company in 1933 and that company’s reorganization into the DC Transit Company in 1949. In 1958, the garage became the service facility and gasoline depot for a United States Post Office truck fleet that had been displaced from the Main City Post Office at North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE.

Next time you are in the 2100 block of Georgia Avenue, you may want to take a second look at these buildings to appreciate their architecture.


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6 Comments on “Former Bond Bread Factory and WRECo Bus Garage Nominated for Historic Landmark Consideration”

  1. jcm Says:

    Aren’t those both planned to be demolished and replaced with Howard Town Center? I’d guess the timing of this application is not a coincidence.

    • IMGoph Says:

      Absolutely. I hope the nomination is successful. There’s no reason that a thoughtful developer can’t find a way to adaptively reuse these buildings, incorporating them into a larger project.

  2. Jerome Says:

    Ive been in these buildings and they are enormous and in good shape considering the total neglect from Howard. The one at the corner of GA and V would make an amazing concert hall, probably 5 times the size of the 9:30 club.

  3. Deb Alt Says:

    My father was a long-time employee of Bond Bread. I sincerely hope the application is successful.

  4. Patrick Brown, Germantown MD Says:

    My Grandfather (Winston Brown) was a long time Bond Bread employee in DC. I have a complete November 1921 Company Newsletter that features the Washington Plant, p. 25 – but while it looks to be a similar style, this is not this building (which was said to be built later in 1930). My grandfather had the route from DC to Tysons Corner VA. My Dad, Joe Brown and Uncle Jack Brown would sometimes accompany him on this route. If anyone has more information on the 1920’s plant location or pics, please feel free to contact me. tks.

  5. Marie Says:

    Looking for information of the old Bond bread garage in Fitchburg, Mass where they picked up supplies and vehicles were repaired

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