This building, a blend of vintage and new, is the successful outcome of a lengthy battle waged by the Art Deco Society of Washington and others to save an historic Art Deco design that had been hidden away and forgotten.
The original bus terminal epitomized the era's streamlined Moderne style, evoking the efficiency and adventure of travel. It was "modernized" in 1976 by being encased in a cheap covering of indifferent design and then closed in 1987. Preservationists first had to pioneer the concept of landmarking a structure that could not actually be seen and then insist on new construction that would adapt its distinctive features to a new commercial use.
The first 42 feet of the former Greyhound Terminal remain meticulously restored and serve the "1100 New York Avenue" office building as lobby and storefronts. Inside is an information desk adapted from the ticket booth and an explanatory display open on weekdays.
This painting, Deco Reborn by Richard Striner, shows the restored Greyhound terminal in front of the new, attached office tower. ADSW offers a poster of the painting.
See our photo gallery for more Greyhound Terminal photos.
Current Name and Location
1100 New York Avenue incorporating the former
The former Greyhound Terminal is a few blocks from the Metro Center subway station. Parking is available at the garage on 12th Street for about $5.
Constructed 1940: Wischmeyer, Arrasmith & Elswick, architects (Louisville, Kentucky)
Redeveloped 1991: Keys Condon Florance Eichbaum Esocoff King, architects; Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, developers
|Created September 30, 1997; Modified March 3, 2002|