Washington | DC
The sizzle is still hot in Chinatown with restaurants, shopping, and DC life – it’s hard to keep up with the newest and best! This lovely unit holds its own with high ceilings, large closet, chic modern bath, kitchen with granite breakfast bar & stainless steel appliances. Open floor plan for the Living & Dining Area. All this and blocks to 2 METROS, Red and Green/Yellow, and Capital One Arena.
Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown is a small, historic area east of Downtown Washington, D.C., consisting of about 20 ethnic Chinese and other Asian restaurants and small businesses along H and I Streets between 5th and 8th Streets, Northwest. It is also the home to numerous national and international chains like McDonalds and Starbucks, many of which display their names in Chinese characters. It is known for its annual Chinese New Year festival and parade and the Friendship Arch, a Chinese gate built over H Street at 7th Street. Other nearby prominent landmarks include the Capital One Arena, a sports and entertainment arena, and the Old Patent Office Building, which houses two of the Smithsonian Museums. The neighborhood is served by the Gallery Place station of the Washington Metro.
The Chinatown area was once home to many Chinese immigrants. Chinese immigrants began to move into the area in the 1930s, having been displaced from Washington’s original Chinatown along Pennsylvania Avenue by the development of the Federal Triangle government office complex. The newcomers marked it with decorative metal latticework and railings as well as Chinese signage. At its peak, Chinatown extended from G Street north to Massachusetts Avenue, and from 9th Street east to 5th Street. In 1986, the city dedicated the Friendship Archway, a traditional Chinese gate. This was a collaboration between the Washington DC government and its sister city Beijing. It was intended to promote attract visitors in addition to recognizing the local Chinese residents. In 1986, the Metro station was given its present name: Gallery Place-Chinatown. The city constructed the Wah Luck House apartments at 6th and H Streets, NW, to accommodate the displaced residents in 1982. Designed by architect Alfred Liu, the apartment building introduced modern Chinese design motifs due to the red-paneled balconies. The MCI Center was completed in 1997 (renamed Verizon Center in 2006 and Capital One Arena in 2017).