German Roots in Washington
The Goethe-Institut / German Cultural Center had its home here on Seventh Street NW and was one of many cultural attractions in the Gallery Place / Chinatown neighborhood. The center offered films, discussions, photographic exhibitions, and many German language courses. (It is now located elsewhere in the city.)
Goethe-Institut Washington, 812-816 Seventh Street NW, 2008.
Goethe-Institut Washington, 812-816 Seventh Street NW, 2000.
Shop Window, 816 7th Street NW, around 1907. The lights of these shop windows, perhaps readied for the holidays, entice you to consider a fur, a new suit (a steal, really, at $14.95), a new umbrella, or perhaps some 'Practical Presents for Little Folks'.
Before the Goethe-Institut moved to this renovated office building in the mid-1990s, the building housed commercial shops and restaurants. German immigrant Emile Berliner (1851-1929), inventor of the gramophone, had his first job in a haberdashery located at the same address when he came to the United States in 1870.