This is another shameful loss for Washington. Herzog’s Restaurant, nestled within the Municipal Fish Market designed by Snowden Ashford and completed in 1918, was a beloved fixture in Washington, D.C.
Started in 1912 by Swiss natives, Henrietta and Charles Herzog, the establishment was celebrated for its prime second-floor location with a slender iron balcony offering panoramic views of the water. This balcony became a much-frequented spot, especially during summer months, due to the cool breezes it provided from the adjacent river.
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Henrietta emigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and, alongside her husband Charles, operated the restaurant until 1938. Despite Henrietta selling the business post-retirement, Herzog’s continued to serve its patrons, preserving its legacy for balcony seafood dining until the 1950s. Henrietta Herzog left behind a lasting legacy, passing away in 1970.
Also, we dug up a cool postcard through the magic of the Internet and Flickr.