Hahn Shoes G and 14thFormer Hahn Shoes, 14th and G, NW

The former Hahn Shoes on the southeast corner of 14th and G Streets, NW, prior to 1950 and today. Historic image from the Library of Congress Horydczak Collection.

Hahn Shoes had been a fixture in the Washington area for 119 years when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in June, 1995. Unable to find a buyer, it instead closed its remaining stores and distributed its $2.9 million in assets among its creditors. One of the last eight stores in operation, their store on G Street was closed by the end of August, 1995.

The building is currently scheduled to be the future home of the Armenian Genocide Museum of America.

Kent Boese posts items of historic interest, primarily within the District. He’s worked in libraries since 1994, both federal and law, and currently works on K Street. He’s been an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner serving the northern Columbia Heights and Park View neighborhoods since 2011 (ANC 1A), and served as the Commission’s Chair since 2013. He has a MS in Design from Arizona State University with strong interests in preservation, planning, and zoning. Kent is also the force behind the blog Park View, DC.