|Matchbook Cover from the Red Circle Food Shop|
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that an Art Deco styled drive in once sat right across from Union Station. Who would have though that land values and urban density would allow that to exist? Well, construction began on the Red Circle Food Shop on February 25, 1937 - it was located on the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street, NW. The unique round design provided both counter service inside, and curbside service for automobiles on a large rear parking lot. It was designed by architect E. Burton Corning and built at a total cost of $24,450.
It certainly is more interestigng than the bland food court now located on the lower level of Union Station, and would have been a fun place to catch a meal, waiting for a delayed train.
|Table service was handled from the swinging door at the right; windows were covered with flesh colored mirrors.|
|Dining room looking toward the cashier booth and entrance doorway.|
Copyright Paul K. Williams