Thirty years after the closure of the historic concert hall, a $29 million renovation has transformed the Howard into a venue for the new age, but not without a few nods to its legendary past.
Opened in 1910, the Howard Theatre at Seventh and T streets NW was the first large music venue in the nation for black audiences. Through the '60s, it thrived, hosting the most important musicians on the circuit, including Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes. But a variety of factors, including urban flight, desegregation and the D.C. riots in 1968 sliced into the theater's audience, and it closed for good in the early 1980s. Thirty years later, it has undergone a $29 million renovation that has restored the exterior to the way it looked in 1910. Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post Buy Photo