Thanks to new Bloomingdale neighbor, Jon Mandel, who is reading the recently published Marion Barry biography on vacation, for tweeting that the book mentions 107 Rhode Island Avenue. The DC chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was headquartered in a rowhouse on Rhode Island Avenue, and it appears that Mr. Barry lived in the house, as well. Evening Star articles indicate that while the 1966 SNCC bus boycott was organized in this Bloomingdale rowhouse, the office had moved to U Street by 1967. The earliest use of that address for the SNCC that I have found was in a 1964 Washington Post ad for a hearing on poverty.
Evening Star, published as The Sunday Star; Date: 01-23-1966
Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 07-07-1966
Barry raps police survey of party site. (1966, Aug 02). The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 12-13-1966
By Jean R Hailey Washington Post,Staff Writer. (1967, Jan 19). Barry quits SNCC post to aid poor. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
SNCC settles rent suit, seeks funds. (1967, Jan 31). The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 03-30-1967
In 1913, records indicate a permit was issued to build a store at 81 Seaton Place, the building we know today as Bacio Pizzeria. (The permit notice in the Evening Star said the permit was for a flat.) The earliest ad found so far, was an ad in search of a barber. By 1918, ads were searching for help in a photographic laboratory.
A 1963 Evening Star article describes an interesting robbery of a Washington Post distribution office.
Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 10-19-1963;
The building appears to have been for rent when this picture was taken in 2004. There was a Certificate of Occupancy issued in 2008 for an Accounting Office, before the current owner received certificates in 2010 for a Pet Supplies Retail shop and, in 2011, for a 10 seat and 35 occupancy load restaurant. Popular owner Atilla Suzer later closed Green Paws, and expanded Bacio into the upstairs space.
In my occasional effort to document current events of interest that may be of interest in the future, as well, I would like to note that a Bloomingdale restaurant has won two awards. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) annually presents the RAMMY awards, and this year, The Red Hen, which opened April 16, 2013, and its Chef, were big winners. The awards:
New Restaurant of the Year: A restaurant that must have opened between Dec. 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013 and already distinguishes itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service.
WINNER: The Red Hen
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: The nominee is an “up and coming” chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future. The nominee must have been based in the Metropolitan Washington area for a minimum of two years.
Eater also covered the awards and offered this tidbit from Mr. Zutants' acceptance speech: The Red Hen's Sebastian Zutant thanked Rose's Luxury's Aaron Silverman...for not joining RAMW. Otherwise, he figures the critical darling would have taken home the Rammy for Best New Restaurant instead.
As noted in a 2012 post about the building, I hope to find more history on the building where the Red Hen is located, which was permitted in 1898 as part of 101-111 Seaton Place. Which provokes the question, have you ever noticed that the Red Hen's building was built as one of three "double cottages"? If you haven't, it is interesting to take a moment and look at the Seaton side of the building and the two buildings to the west.