The Bulletin Building is a historic structure in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown, located across the street from the Verizon Center. Built in 1928, the building is distinguished by the four Art Deco bas reliefs decorating its front face. The reliefs depict scenes from the printing trade, reflecting its original owners—the United Publishing Company. Following a 60-year run as a print shop, the building now houses the Bar Deco restaurant. The Bulletin Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.


  • The Bulletin Building, located in Washington, D.C. Image by Biruitorul - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6180177
    The Bulletin Building, located in Washington, D.C. Image by Biruitorul - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6180177
  • Side elevation of the Bulletin Building
    Side elevation of the Bulletin Building

The Bulletin Building is located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., close to the Verizon Center. Built in 1928, the four-story limestone structure was designed by the architectural firm Rodier & Kundzin. The building served as a print shop and housed a printing press for the United Publishing Company.

The Art Deco bas reliefs adorning the facade are the most distinguishing characteristics of the Bulletin Building. They depict scenes of the printing trade, reflecting the importance of the print and publishing trade that was once vital to the D.C. economy.

The building continued to function as a print shop for 60 years. On November 12, 2008, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places owing to its role as a landmark of the printing business and as a fine example of industrial Art Deco architecture in the city. Today, the former print shop is the location of the Bar Deco eatery, which serves cuisine Americana.

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