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Square 431 (Commercial Building), Seventh, Eighth, D & E Streets, Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
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Northwest, Washington, DC
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS DC-574
Significance: The Square's significance to L'Enfant's 1792 Washington Plan lies in its adjacency to Eight Street, which was to serve as a major north-south axis linking a proposed national church to the Potomac River axis. As the city grew, Square 431 became part of the commercial center of Washington. It stood close to Center Market, the large produce center o the southwest corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SQUARE, AT E AND EIGHTH STREET.
2. NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SQUARE, AT E AND SEVENTH STREET.
3. SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SQUARE, AT D AND SEVENTH STREET.
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