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Open For Business. Soon.

Just months before I moved to Washington, a five-alarm fire nearly destroyed a local landmark here: Eastern Market, which opened in 1873.

The beautiful building housed more than a dozen businesses: butchers, fishmongers, cheese sellers, and florists. Months after the conflagration, the District of Columbia erected a temporary facility across the street. Many of the vendors moved in.

Now, two years later, reconstruction and restoration of the original Eastern Market is nearly finished. At the end of the month, this centerpiece of the Capitol Hill community will be reopened.

—David Gura