Shoppers Celebrate Reopening of Eastern Market on Capitol Hill

Vendor Maria Calomiris gives Mayor Adrian M. Fenty a tour of her family's fruit and vegetable stand at the Eastern Market reopening celebration Friday. The Capitol Hill landmark, closed since it was damaged by a fire April 30, 2007, has been restored in a $22 million redesign and reconstruction project.
Vendor Maria Calomiris gives Mayor Adrian M. Fenty a tour of her family's fruit and vegetable stand at the Eastern Market reopening celebration Friday. The Capitol Hill landmark, closed since it was damaged by a fire April 30, 2007, has been restored in a $22 million redesign and reconstruction project. (By Mark Gail -- The Washington Post)
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Eastern Market, the Capitol Hill landmark devastated by fire two years ago, is again a center of commerce and community for the neighborhoods around the building, at Seventh and C streets SE.

The clanking and whirring of power tools and the honking of delivery trucks provided the background noise of preparation in the days before Friday's grand reopening. The ribbon-cutting was presided over by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

After squeezing through the double doors on opening day, visitors wanted to see what had changed. They studied the meats, smelled the flowers and sampled the food. Many of the regulars formed a long line to wait for the market's famous crab cakes.

After the fire, on April 30, 2007, the city pledged to rebuild the market. The $22 million redesign and reconstruction project attempted to re-create the look and feel of the building when it opened in 1873. The renovation added air conditioning and bathrooms and upgraded the building's lighting.

-- By MARTIN RICARD and YAMICHE ALCINDOR


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