There is something elegant and modern about the look of Art Deco. This entrance detail of the Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., is classic Deco. Known as the “Old Lady,” this apartment was home to both Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson before they occupied the White House. Built in the early ’30s, it is considered the largest and best example of an Art Deco apartment building in Washington.
Art Deco is an eclectic artistic style that was initiated in Paris in the 1920s. This distinctive style flourished throughout the world during the 1930s.
To go from highbrow Art Deco to Pulp Purple and Cork White on 14th Street N.W., is quite a transition. These buildings are the new look of the 14th Street corridor. Pulp is a stationery store and Cork is a wine bar. It is stores like these that have transformed this area from seedy and intimidating to thriving.
So you see there is more to Washington, D.C., than just tourist attractions. It is a city of neighborhoods, row houses and charming people. It is flourishing and attracting young professionals. I loved spending past summer working in my hometown and getting reacquainted with it and all it has to offer.