Penn Quarter lies just south of Metro Center, the commercial shopping district. Located in the eastern part of downtown Washington, DC, Penn Quarter does not have any fixed boundaries. The area roughly extends from 5th to 10th streets along the F Street to H Street on the north. Penn Quarter also partially overlaps with the bordering area of Chinatown.
The PADC or the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation have taken up a number of developmental projects in the area. The setting up of the Verizon Center in 1997, an arena for events, sports, and concerts also played a huge role in rejuvenating the area. Today, Penn Quarter is a commercially thriving part of Washington, DC and has a number of high-end restaurants, bars, theaters as well as several museums and art galleries. There are also attractive festivals focused on food, art, wine and culture, that are held throughout the year. Apart from that, Penn Quarter also puts up a farmers market on certain days every week, where farmers from the neighboring farms sell fresh organic produces. Considering these factors, along with the strategic location, Penn Quarter is amongst the most livable neighborhoods in downtown Washington DC.
It was mostly the PADC’s developments [projects, that has shaped the current day Penn Quarters. Their aim was to create a self-sufficient neighborhood with its own residential areas, schools, offices, hospitals, parks, restaurants, malls and several other amenities. For this, many new buildings were put up and old ones were renovated and converted into retails and offices. The Pershing Park, Freedom Plaza, Willard Intercontinental Hotel and the Navy Memorial wee all a part of this revitalization program. Projects at FBI Building started in the mid-1980s and this eventually stimulated the constructions along the blocks adjacent to it.
Penn Quarter has a number of office complexes, metro stations, medical and educational facilities. The governing body has opted to clean and cost effective modes of transportation to connect all these areas. There are many privately owned car and bus services. Then there is the Metrobus and DC circulator that traverse the area. Apart from that, Penn Quarter is also served by the Metro Center, Judiciary Square, Archives - Navy Memorial - Penn Quarter and the Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro stations.
Penn Quarter has facilities for the preschool education, college education as well as Adult education. The area ranks 7th in all of Washington DC when it comes to education. There are public schools & private schools as well as colleges. Apart from that, there are also prep schools, public labs and culinary institutes in Penn Quarter.
Places to visit:
Verizon Center for the NBA games
The Verizon Center accommodates almost 18,000 people and is the home arena for the Washington Wizards. During summer, the arena is used by the WNBA team, the Mystics for their home matches.
International Spy Museum
This is an interactive museum, which displays some interesting espionage artifacts and also coaches the visitors on how to evaluate evidence, break codes and escape high-security areas.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Penn Quarter is home to the world-famous wax museum. There are amazingly accurate wax figures of celebrities, historical figures and even fictional characters. Do not forget to pack your camera when you are visiting Madame Tussauds.