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Wikipedia Description: Washington Convention Center
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The Washington Convention Center has been the name of two convention centers in Washington, D.C. The old Washington Convention Center was located at 909 H Street NW and was in use from 1983 until 2004. However, it was effectively replaced by the new Washington Convention Center, located one block northeast of the old center, in 2003.
The Old Washington Convention Center:
The old Washington Convention Center was located at 909 H Street NW, but in effect it occupied the city block bounded by New York Avenue, 9th Street, H Street and 11th Street. Construction on the center began in 1980, and it opened in 1983. At 800,000 gross square feet it was, at the time, the fourth largest facility in the United States. However, during the 80s and 90s numerous larger and more modern facilities were constructed around the country and by 1997 the Washington Convention Center had become the 30th largest facility. In 2003, it was replaced by the new Washington Convention Center. It was imploded at approximately 7:30 a.m. on December 18, 2004. The site is now a municipal parking lot and is also used for special events such as Cirque Du Soleil.
The New Washington Convention Center:
The current Washington Convention Center is a 2.3 million square feet (210,000 mē) building designed by Atlanta-based architecture firm Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates. The center is located in a superblock bounded by Mount Vernon Square and 7th, 9th, and N streets, N.W. It is served by the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station on the Yellow and Green lines of the Washington Metro.
The Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA) Board of Directors recently agreed to expand the newly built convention center by 75,000 square feet (7,000 mē) and build and own a hotel with between 1,220 and 1,500 rooms and an additional 100,000 square feet of convention and ballroom space.
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.