Chevy Chase Arcade
(and Interior of Arcade)

The Chevy Chase Arcade is an excellent example of a small-scale commercial arcade, which is unique in Washington, DC.

A major feature of Chevy Chase's commercial avenue, the arcade was planned by the Chevy Chase Land Company as one of four business centers alternating with apartments along Connecticut Avenue. It illustrates early efforts to provide elegant and convenient shopping in prestigious suburban neighborhoods

Designed by architect Louis R. Moss and built in 1925, this two-story structure is a fine example of the Classical Revival style. Significant features include a limestone facade with monumental pilasters, show windows, and arched entrance to the central arcade of shops and upstairs offices. The arcade features a vaulted ceiling, clerestory lighting, black-and-white marble floor, plaster ornamental moldings, and sylvan bas-relief panels.

National Register: August 4, 2003
DC Inventory: September 22, 1988



5520 Connecticut Avenue, NW