Heart of the old downtown, with an eclectic and exuberant mixture of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings which are centered along the historic commercial arteries of 7th and F Streets, which intersect at the monumental Greek Revival Old Patent Office. The Downtown Historic District offers a rich variety of commercial buildings including retail establishments, banks, department stores, dime stores, and some of city's earliest office buildings. It also includes notable synagogues and churches, remnants of downtown's residential neighborhood, and portions of Chinatown.
The Historic District features fine examples of Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, Beaux Arts, and Classical Revival architectural styles. The facade materials include brick, stone, cast iron, terra cotta, and cast stone. Downtown Historic District incorporates approximately 200 buildings c. 1830‑1940.
DC Inventory: July 26, 1982 (effective October 5, 1984)
National Register: September 22, 2001