Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Uline Arena / Washington Coliseum
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The Uline Arena (or Washington Coliseum) down by Union Station is being renovated and redeveloped by Doug Jemal. When I heard about the development, I wanted to find out more about the building since I wasn't that familiar with it in the first place. Turns out it has some kind of interesting history behind it -- I had no idea. And it's a pretty unusual looking building for DC. I've ridden past it many times while riding on the eastern leg of the Red Line to Silver Spring and always wondered what it was.
For one thing, it was the location of the first Beatles concert in the US on Feb 11, 1964! Wild. Here's a picture from that show.
The cover photo of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was taken at a concert at the Washington Coliseum in 1966.
In the '80s, go-go bands like Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, and Rare Essence played there.
Here's a pretty thorough history of the facility from the Washington Business Journal.
Most recently, it has been used as a parking lot and as a waste facility. It's in pretty rough shape now, so here's hoping they do a good job in redeveloping it. Check out some pics on flickr.