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Tour: Washington Fish Market

Experience the new Washington Fish Market, the “oldest continuously operating open-air fish market” in the United States. Recently updated by StudioMB Architects and Hoffman Madison Waterfront LLC, the market is located at The Wharf development site in Washington, DC. New and renovated structures, including six “land-side” buildings, two of them LEED Silver buildings, house restaurants and shops, as well as ground-level and rooftop terraces with views of the river, wharf, and city.

The market began in the early days of the city and increasingly developed over time, partially due to its role as a point of departure for the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, conditions deteriorated and, by the late 19th century, efforts to modernize the market culminated in 1916 with the construction of a “model municipal fish wharf and market.” Numerous buildings, including the only remaining structures, a small lunch room and oyster shed, served workers and merchants throughout its history.

Presented by: David C. Bagnoli, AIA and Jenna Bolino, AIA of StudioMB Architects

Organized by: StudioMB Architects


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore how a site’s history informs decisions about its modern development;
  • Describe the challenges of designing new buildings and spaces in a waterfront environment;
  • Identify attributes that enable a LEED Silver rating; and
  • Summarize comparisons between design advantages of new and renovated structures.

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