Brookland Bowling Alleys

Coordinates: 38°56′10″N 76°59′36″W / 38.93611°N 76.99333°W / 38.93611; -76.99333
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Brookland Bowling Alleys
Brookland Bowling Alleys in 2019
Brookland Bowling Alleys is located in District of Columbia
Brookland Bowling Alleys
Brookland Bowling Alleys is located in the United States
Brookland Bowling Alleys
Location3726 10th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°56′10″N 76°59′36″W / 38.93611°N 76.99333°W / 38.93611; -76.99333
ArchitectWilliam Edward St. Cyr Barrington
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference No.100004306[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 19, 2019

The Brookland Bowling Alleys is an Art Deco-style building in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C., that housed a bowling alley from its construction in 1939 until 1950. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.


The building was constructed as a duckpin bowling alley in 1938 and 1939 for the Brookland Recreation Center, Inc., on 10th St. NE in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Brookland. It was designed by William Edward St. Cyr Barrington, an architect who had studied under Jules Henri de Sibour, in the Art Deco style. The building was initially one story tall, but a second story was added within a year of its opening.[2][3]

Bowling saw a boom in popularity in this period as a form of cheap entertainment during the Great Depression. At the time of the Brookland Bowling Alleys' construction, there were 13 other commercial bowling alleys in D.C.[2]

The Brookland Bowling Alleys was managed by prominent local bowlers. It operated for just over 10 years, until a major fire damaged the structure in 1950.[3] The blaze was attributed to "a cigarette, defective wiring or spontaneous combustion."[4] The building was restored under Barrington's supervision, but it was repurposed as a wholesale store for electric lighting, parts, and appliances.[3] It is currently occupied by Atlantic Electric Supply Corp.[5]

The Brookland Bowling Alleys building is one of only a handful of remaining structures that once housed bowling alleys in D.C. The city's Historic Preservation Office described it as a "visual landmark of the neighborhood."[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 19, 2019.[2]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Brookland Bowling Alleys". DC Historic Sites. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  3. ^ a b c d "Brookland Bowling Alleys" (PDF). Historic Preservation Review Board. 2016-07-28.
  4. ^ "4-Alarm Fire In Washington". The News. Frederick, Maryland. 1950-04-19.
  5. ^ "Atlantic Electric Supply Corp - Company Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2020-12-06.