Jul 6, 2005: Eastern Market: an International Celebration!


Washington, DC, July 6, 2005-- This month marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Adolf Cluss, a German-born architect who designed Eastern Market, opened in 1873, and many other prominent public buildings in the National Capital.

On Saturday, July 23, at 10am at the main entryway to the historic Market, a ceremony will be held to honor the man and the building. The event will begin a several month international celebration.

To launch the celebration, Councilmember Sharon Ambrose will announce a Council Proclamation honoring Cluss. Joseph Browne, project director for the transatlantic Adolf Cluss Exhibition Project, will speak, highlighting Cluss’s innovative contributions to architecture and city planning.

Bookending the event will be performances by the German-American band Alte Kameraden. There will be public tours, pointing out the building's architectural features, a display of artwork featuring the structure as depicted by some of Eastern Market's exhibitor artists, and the launch of a "Kids on the Hill" project, inviting neighboring children to participate in a creative Eastern Market themed drawing program.

The project is also sponsoring a show: Adolf Cluss (1825-1905) From Germany to America: Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic. The exhibition, beginning in September at the Sumner School (also Cluss designed) Museum, will showcase his work in Washington during the Gilded Age and explore the impact of his revolutionary roots and social vision on the city's architecture and life.

Cluss's trademark red-brick buildings are among the capital’s most beloved 19th-century structures, and include the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, Franklin School, and Calvary Baptist Church. Additional public events will take place around the city this year, including the unveiling of a plaque at Eastern Market on October 22.

Browne said that Eastern Market was chosen as the place to begin the celebration because it reflects Cluss's philosophy and, continuing as a traditional market, is one of the only remaining buildings he designed that still function as originally intended.

Support for the Eastern Market celebration is also being donated by The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, which oversees the market, and by Eastern Market Joint Venture, market manager.

For more information on Cluss and the Cluss Exhibition Project visit: www.adolf-cluss.org and www.goethe.de/cluss

Public Markets Briefing
Traditional markets, such as Eastern Market, were valuable assets to cities and important social and economic centers for both patrons and sellers. They remain so today.

To further educate Congress on the benefits of markets, there will be a briefing for the House Agriculture Committee 5 p.m. Monday, July 18 in Room 1302, Longworth House Office Building. The briefing is open to the public.

A second annual briefing, it is sponsored by Project for Public Spaces, with support from the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It will discuss the progress of recent Project for Public Spaces/Ford Foundation grantees, the early results of a National Farmers Market Survey, and other new partnerships and funding potentials.

PPS states, "Farmers markets and public markets are bringing new vitality to thousands of communities and farms across the country. The number of farmers markets in the United States has increased dramatically.

"New policies to support markets are emerging as well, especially as public markets and farmers markets find innovative partners who recognize their value in promoting community health, incubating new businesses, creating local food systems, revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods, and preserving small family farms."

Eastern Market Exhibitor News
Fine artist and jewelry exhibitor Amy Marx has been invited to show her paintings of tornadoes at OK Harris Gallery in NYC. The show will be two years from now and will feature new work.