Why We Fundraise

Barracks Row Main Street is a nonprofit organization, a designated Main Street program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over the past 11 years, Barracks Row Main Street has worked to make the 8th Street SE corridor clean, safe, and beautiful by:

  • Respecting 8th Street’s History: Barracks Row’s many historic buildings give our corridor its character, and BRMS helps support their preservation and restoration. BRMS maintains a dynamic façade program that has restored numerous storefronts. We also work with local businesses and building owners to treat the neighborhood’s history with respect as development progresses.
  • Bringing Commerce to Barracks Row: Our rich history has always included retail and restaurants on 8th Street, beginning as the home of the District’s first department store. As we continue to grow as a destination for locally-owned retail and restaurants, BRMS staff continually organize events to attract customers from all over the DC metro area. You may recognize the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill (formerly Oktoberfest) and Taste of 8th as two of BRMS’s larger events.
  • Bridging the Neighborhood: BRMS has joined the Capitol Riverfront BID to plan the development of lower 8th Street, an area with high potential and interest for development. Barracks Row’s largest challenge as the bridge from Eastern Market to the Navy Yard is the I-295/395 underpass, but BRMS is leading projects to utilize and beautify this space. More than 50 new metered public parking spaces are now available under the highway, providing much-needed space for Barracks Row patrons. Original murals will be painted on the North side of the freeway and under the 295 overpass.

BRMS receives no annual dues or business assessments.  We rely on grants from the DC government and other funders, but these grants do not cover the complete costs of our extensive community work. The remainder is funded through voluntary contributions from our business owners, building owners and members of our community. With the current state of the DC government’s budget, BRMS is turning more to our community to support our efforts. We hope that you will consider donating through Network for Good, attending our Summer Solstice Soiree fundraiser or sponsoring the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill by e-mailing Sharon Bosworth at sharon@barracksrow.org.

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About Barracks Row Main Street

Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district. Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.
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