The D.C. Navy Yard was instituted in 1799 and was the nation’s largest shipbuilding facility at the time. The Navy Yard played a vital role in the development of the surrounding area throughout the 19th century. The Wharf was the place to find jobs as new workers were always needed to serve both the shipyard and the busy commercial district surrounding the Navy Yard.
The Navy Yard reached peak production in the 1940s. After WWII, the Navy Yard opted to consolidate its campus, as the sheer size was no longer necessary for the post-WWII society.
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Since the height of the Navy Yard, it has since developed in other capacities. Today, the Navy Yard is most famously known as the home of the Washington National’s. The stadium has spurred further development around the area to serve the traffic that it brings to the neighborhood.
Growth has also been seen with the addition of the U.S. Department of Transportation office complex, furthering the need for restaurant and retail options for the employees and residents.
Residents can pick up the Green Line Metro Rail at the Navy Yard station. The Green Line is close to Gallery Place-Chinatown station where transfers can be made can to both the Yellow and Red Line trains. As is the case with most neighborhoods in D.C., several bus lines frequent D.C.’s Navy Yard. For those driving, there is easy access to I-295 and I-395.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles