1515 Arts Building: Gallery Central

Two years ago, artist turned developer Giorgio Furioso converted a 1920s automobile showroom near DC’s Logan Circle into a destination for contemporary art.

Called the 1515 Arts Building (1515 14th St., NW), the space has lured premier galleries from other parts of DC and attracted promising new ventures.

It’s home to Hemphill Fine Arts (202-234-5601; hemphillfinearts.com), G Fine Art (202-462-1601; gfineartdc.com), Curator’s Office (202-387-1008; curatorsoffice.com), and Adamson Gallery (202-232-0707; adamsoneditions.com). A visitor might stumble upon photographs, sculpture, or paintings as well as exhibitions incorporating mixed media, videos, or installations. The galleries have begun hosting joint opening receptions and extending their hours into the evening one Friday or Saturday every six weeks or so. Viridian (202-234-1400; viridianrestaurant.com), a restaurant that exhibits artwork, occupies the ground floor.

Several other galleries, including former Dupont Circle standout Irvine Contemporary (202-332-8767; irvinecontemporary.com), also have moved into the neighborhood, creating a contemporary-art district worth a visit.

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