Joseph Cooper House

The Joseph Cooper House is a small portion of a much larger history found along I Street NW.

The Joseph Cooper House is a well preserved Greek Revival style house, and is one of the few rare examples of its kind found outside of Georgetown. Built in 1831, it is part of Red Lion Row, which is listed in the National Register, and illustrates the row’s oldest buildings. In the early 1980s, the facade of the building was incorporated into a new complex, one that has received criticisms as it indulges in “Architectural surrealism,” in the context that it takes the historical facade of the building and places it against the modern style of steel-and-glass office buildings. However, the facade of the Cooper House, along with the other historic buildings of Red Lion Row, are what defines these historic landmarks. The Cooper House is found within the George Washington University/Old West End Historic District.

Although the Joseph Cooper House and Red Lion Row are now part of the newest iteration of Western Market, which was established around 2018, they have no connection to the historic Western Market.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
Within the George Washington University/Old West End Historic District



2030 I Street, NW