Eastern Market Pays Tribute to Its Architect

Posted July 20, 2005 at 3:26pm

Many Washingtonians and tourists flock to Eastern Market, most notably on the weekends, to visit its vendors, flea market and arts and crafts stands that call the 19th-century market home. And this weekend gives just one more reason to venture to the Capitol Hill destination.

On Saturday the market will play host to a tribute to the life and work of Adolf Cluss, the architect of Eastern Market, which was built in 1873. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the entryway to the market.

Cluss played a role in giving the nation’s capital a new, modern edge by designing numerous buildings, including the market and the Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall.

D.C. City Councilmember Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6) will announce a proclamation “honoring Cluss’s role in creating a community market that continues to be a lively, integral part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood,” according to a press release. Highlights of Cluss’s architectural contributions to the city and a performance by the band Alte Kameraden will round out the event.

Also, the exhibition “Adolf Cluss, From Germany to America: Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic” will open at the Charles Sumner School Museum, at 17th and M streets Northwest, in September.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.adolf-cluss.org or www.goethe.de/cluss.

Mb>— Jennifer Lash