Frescoes of Georgetown: A Walking Tour
It was waiting for the light to change, driving up Wisconsin the other day that I had an epiphany. Looking over at the second floor of Pearson’s Wine and Spirits, I suddenly realized the flower boxes AND ALL THREE WINDOWS were painted on, sun shadows included! Granted, I’m vertically challenged, but as many times as I’ve been there over the years to purchase wine (and spirits) and I hadn’t noticed?? Geez.
It’s a rare sight to see a mural (sale signs don’t count) much less trompe l’oeil, but I did find a total of seven tour-worthy frescoes around The Village. From north to south, here they are:
1. 2436 Wisconsin Avenue
Originally a pharmacy, where alcoholic beverages were sold by prescription during Prohibition, this family owned business was established in 1933.
2. 1826 Wisconsin Avenue
Park your car and stretch. You’re at Georgetown’s first yoga studio, Spiral Flight and Wellness Center.
3. 1564 Wisconsin Avenue
You’ll be pumped. Fill the tank at Washington Gas and smile.
4. 3143 N Street
You’re not alone. Look up next time you’re on the patio of Paolo’s Ristorante.
5. 3139 M Street
After a few brews at Old Glory American Bar-B-Que, you may have stumbled onto this scene.
6. 1039 33rd Street
This field of poppies was originally designed in 2005 by Miki Yoshimoto for Chez Mama-san, her family’s Japanese Restaurant. Same family, now art at Gallery Chez M upstairs.
7. 1036 33rd Street
Big wheel bike. Literally. It’s Big Wheel Bikes.
Mural, mural on the wall have I found them all? Take a walk, give me a call.