Jerry Lebo, 2007
Now that it is generally known, I can now vent my sadness about the closing of the Franz Bader Bookshop on Eye Street in Washington DC. I have known it was due to close for some time, but promised the owner, Sabine, that I would not tell anyone until it was official. The reason for closing at this particular time is rising rents (their rent went up to $7000/month) and to spend more time with family--and hopefully enjoy a bit of retirement.
For those of you who do not know the Franz Bader bookshop, it has been an icon of the Washington DC book scene for forty years, specializing in art, design, and architecture books. I can safely say that most of my art book collection was purchased there over the years--and it will be a great loss when it closes October 31, 2007. I hear that there is going to be a clearance sale sometime in September, so stay tuned.
If you want to get by the shop before it closes, here is a map and other links. Tell Sabine that Jerry sent you.
Franz Bader Fund
Review of FB bookstore (Yelp)
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