Lunch Room and Oyster Shucking Shed

The Lunch Room Building and the Oyster Shucking Shed are the only two extant buildings directly associated with the 1916-1918 Municipal Fish Wharf and Market on Water Street (currently Maine Avenue) between 11th and 12th streets, S.W.

The Lunch Room Building and its associated Oyster Shucking Shed, built from 1916-1918 in conjunction with the construction of the Municipal Fish Market, are located at 1100 Maine Avenue, S.W., in Square 473 and Lot 846 (Historic Square 329 South) in Washington, D.C. in the area now known as the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Presently attached with a small hyphen, the Lunch Room Building and the Oyster Shucking Shed were originally distinct structures. The one-story, brick Lunch Room Building features a hipped slate roof with a cupola. The open air, one-story Oyster Shed, which was enclosed by 1931, was an open shed with a hipped slate roof supported by four metal beams. Both buildings have undergone several alterations. The Lunch Room’s northwest and southwest elevations were demolished in 1946 to allow for the concrete block addition that expanded the building to the northwest and southwest. The two buildings were connected by a hyphen sometime between 1946 and 1970. This resulted in the partial removal of the southwest wall of the Lunch Room to allow for an internal connection.

DC Inventory: July 29, 2015

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1100 Maine Ave, S.W.