It was built in 1930 as one of the country’s oldest strip malls.
The development was done by Shannon & Luchs, and at the time was a major departure from existing commercial development plans. Parking had become a major problem for commercial areas, and creating a large setback from the street to allow for parking was a major boon to shoppers and store owners alike.
Check out the invitation for a public opening on Friday, December 5th, 1930. This was published that day in the Washington Post.