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A little history at 908 12th Ave

It is amazing how you can pass by some buildings and not realize the place’s history. 908 12th Avenue (near Marion) has a new coat of paint and is set to open as Habibi Restaurant sometime this year. The CD News has more details about the building’s history as Doc Hamilton’s restaurant and “possibly the most notable speakeasy” back the 1930s. I absolutely love the historic photo of Doc Hamilton’s. I wonder if the new owner is willing to consider a colorful awning out front and restoring that charming roof detail?

Given the popularity of the urban speakeasy, maybe it is time to fix up the basement and bring the original speakeasy back to life? I had the chance to tour the building many months ago and took some pictures of the basement. It was in pretty rough shape but still had a few details that hinted at the place’s past.

the old bar?

cool little alcoves

The only interior photo I found (after a very quick search) was this photo of the upstairs from 1932 thanks to the Black Heritage Society of Washington. At the time, the bar was known as the 908 Club.

One Response to “A little history at 908 12th Ave”

  1. [...] The exterior is plain now, before the renovation that Peter will be doing, as it’s gone through several reincarnations, including a candy manufacturing and packing business. But back in the day, it rocked an awesome awning and a basement speakeasy space, and Cecelia on the 12th Avenue Blog has some interior photos. [...]

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