College Park, MD Little Tavern to be demolished

As an update to this earlier post,, the College Park Little Tavern will likely be demolished within a week or so. Efforts to salvage the panels and to at least preserve part of the building have been complicated by the university, who have cited water damage to panel fasteners in the wall cavity (likely a result of them removing the roof caps earlier in the year), and the discovery of lead paint in an unrelated part of the building. It will be replaced by a food truck parking space, though I suspect there will be further redevelopment of the block in the future, if the rest of Rt. 1 in that stretch is anything to go by.
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Washington Little Tavern No. 2 (1929) to be demolished

Little Tavern no. 2, which opened in February of 1929, will be demolished soon to make way for a 21 unit apartment building.  The building has been remodeled and partially encased in add ons over the years, and its heritage as a former Little Tavern has been all but forgotten. As one of the earliest, it was built before the introduction of the tudor cottage style which would come to define the chain. It shows the clear influence of White Castle’s early designs, which were widely imitated (White Tower springs to mind). It is one of three of these castle style LTs still standing, though one of the other two was subsequently remodeled in tudor style, and the other was only in the chain from 1928 to 1935. There has been outcry over the demolition owing to the recently painted Chuck Brown mural on the former front of the building.

It is located at 3701 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington DC.

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The LT was expanded out to the right at some point and the door filled in. But the wall to the left is still recognizable, and the window in Chuck Brown’s chin is the original front window.
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ID these Little Taverns

I found these today in a box of other prints at an antique shop in Havre de Grace, Maryland. From the residue on the one print, it looks like they were originally from a sign company, mocking up billboards. It’s at the same time unfortunate, and extremely exciting to me that despite years of research, both archival and out on the road, these two locations are both unfamiliar to me.

There’s just enough context in them that it seems like one of you out there will be able to ID them.

The sign on the building to the left reads, “Joker’s Inn”, and it looks like the building to the left of that is a cleaners. The quality of the picture is just iffy enough that I can’t make out the street sign. It looks like a numbered street, though. The shot’s late 1960s.

EDIT: This Little Tavern has been ID’ed as Washington No. 26, Good Hope Road.

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Another one, also late ’60s, with a partial LT. With the bridge and the stacks, I would think this one would be easier to ID.

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