Lansburgh & Brother, Washington, D.C.

Lansburgh's, one of Washington, D.C.'s
oldest department stores.

The store advertised its new 1925 addition
in newspapers with this sketch.

Lansburgh's as viewed from the corner
of 8th and 'E' Streets.

The oldest part of Lansburgh's was  located
on 7th street, but it sported a modernistic
facade applied in 1940.

The E Street side of the Lansburgh
& Brother store, composed of the
Busch Building (acquired 1921) and
the store's own 1914 building.

The 8th Street side of the Lansburgh
& Brother store, built in 1914

Lansburgh & Brother (Lansburgh’s) (1850)
400-426 7th Street (7th, 8th and E Street)
Washington, D.C. 

NAtional 8-9800

Street Floor
Jewelry • Fine Jewelry • Watches • Cosmetics • Accessories • Hosiery • Handbags • Gloves • Leather Goods • Scarves • Popular Fashion Sportswear • The Rafters •  Budget Shoes • Luggage • Stationery • Notions • Records • Candy • Soda Fountain
Men’s Store Men’s Furnishings • Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Clothing • Young Executive Shop • Men’s Hats 
Street Floor Mezzanine
Colonial Tea Room 

418 7th Street
Major Appliances • Television • Stereos 

Second Floor
Popular Fashion Dresses • Dresses • Misses’ Sportswear • Town and Travel • Better Dresses • Better Sportswear • Starlight RoomThe CollectionRegency Room • Coat Salon • Furs • Shoe Salon • Junior World Dresses • Junior Sportswear • Women’s Dresses • Women’s Sportswear • Millinery 

Third Floor
Lingerie • Robes • Corsets and Bras • Knit Lingerie • Fashion Fabrics • Linens and Domestics • Sewing Machines • Beauty Salon

Fourth Floor
Infants’ and Toddlers Wear • Tots’ and Girls’ Wear • Children’s Shoes • Boys’ Shop • Rugs and Carpet • Draperies and Upholstery • Toys 

Fifth Floor
Furniture • Bedding 

Sixth Floor
Housewares • Small Electrical Appliances • China • Glassware • Silver • Gift Shop 

Langley Park
Langley Park Shopping Center
New Hampshire & University
Langley Park, MD
October, 1955 
127,000 sq. ft.
Hampshire Room

The Village at Shirlington
29th Street & Arlington Mill Dr.
Arlington, VA
September, 1959
150,000 sq. ft.
Old Dominion Room
Tyson’s Corner (1969)
Tyson's Corner Shopping Center
McLean, VA
October, 1969
160,000 sq. ft.
Fairfax Room
Rockville Mall (1972)
Montgomery County, MD
February, 1972

Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA
160,000 sq. ft.
Coming in due course.


  1. A minor correction: The surviving (1914 and 1921) sections of the store are at 8th and E NW.

  2. Thanks, Steve. I got turned around. The exhibit needs updating, too, but I made the corrections so as not to be misleading.

  3. The store also housed a bakery that sold the most wonderful pound cakes

  4. i have a letter of appreciation to my aunt for helping a customer find her lost purse on Feb 10 1950 Also included was a 1935 dollar.Letter was signed by then store mgr H.L.Neugrass

  5. My mother worked in the millinery department of Lansburgh's in 1946 while my father served as a Military Policeman in the US Army. My father was stationed in Washington, DC and guarded the Pentagon and President Truman. In 1947 they returned to RI.

    1. My grandmother (Father's Mom) worked for Solomon Lansburgh from 1945 until 1950 as his secretary. Lansburghs was sold to City Stores in 1951. Solomon Lansburgh was the last member of the Lansburgh family to own the store.

  6. There was also a store located on New Hampshire Ave. in Langley Park, MD. I remember my mom taking us there during the late 1950's and early 1960's.

  7. I have some of my Grandmother's and Aunt's handkerchiefs probably 40 ish to 50 ish and it has a sticker of Lansburgh's on it. Glad this was on the web. Enjoyed checking it out

  8. I worked at Lansburgh's Shirlington part-time when I was in high school, from 1970-1972. I still have a letter from Personnel, indicating that someone had commented on my good service, and informing me that I would receive an extra $1.25 with my next paycheck. When the store closed in 1973, I went down one evening and peeled off the metallic sign with the logo and store hours, that was affixed to the glass doors. I still have the sign, about 10 inches in diameter, sitting on my coffee table. I trust the statute of limitations has now run on my crime. :)

    1. Six years later I see your comment. Wonderful coffee table item, how classy. I enjoyed shopping there with our mom.
      Same for successor store Best Products. Dad liked it too.
      Chuck Berlin,Wakefield,'75

  9. I have an original mink shaw and two pelt mink boa from lansburgh's all tags are still in it. Trying to sell it
    , it was my grandmothers and she is now no longer with us and I wish to part with it . If you know of anyone looking for or can give me an idea on price wise what to sell this thing for it would be appreciated please email me or text me Joseph Murray 4574 at gmail no space no caps please put in subject line mink thank you and have a blessed day

  10. I have an original mink shaw and two pelt mink boa from lansburgh's all tags are still in it. Trying to sell it
    , it was my grandmothers and she is now no longer with us and I wish to part with it . If you know of anyone looking for or can give me an idea on price wise what to sell this thing for it would be appreciated please email me or text me Joseph Murray 4574 at gmail no space no caps please put in subject line mink thank you and have a blessed day

  11. I was fresh out of the Marine Corps and worked as a security manager at most all of the big dept stores in DC. I was one of the security mgrs at the Garfinckel Mont. Mall store in the beginning, which was around the early 70’s. I was promoted to mgr of delivery and gift wrapping, but didn’t like it, and went back on the floor at the F St. store in security. Harry Wood was the security manager from what I remember, and Helen Zinn was his asst. Mr. Tipton, a retired Air Force type was manager over them. We sure cleaned up the professional shoplifters there, but they never learned and always took another chance by trying us again. I worked with a couple others who’s names I can’t remember, but I did work with an older guy by the name of Robert.

    My mom also worked there before I was born, and I believe she said the silverware dept.

    At Lansburgh's, I was hired by Jack Easterday, security mgr, as his replacement security mgr, about 1970 after working for Wackenhut as a mgr. and investigator. I worked there and managed the new Rockville Mall store while it was under construction. I met my 1st wife while at the Langley Park store, who was Monica in Baker Shoes. I also remember Bill Callas, Nickey Gerdel, Mr. Rapp, Store Mgr., Callahan, Dick, Debbie in millinery, and Brian, mgr. of mens. I left the company when I heard that it had financial problems. It's a real shame that all the big stores are gone. These are just two of the department stores I worked in, but I'll write again and talk about the others.

    Hope this posting goes through, and would like to hear from you. I was just surfing and found your comments on The Dept. Store Museum.

    I ended up in law enforcement, but left to start my own lock and security company and ended up providing services to Dulles Airport, Nat. Archives, U.S. Courthouse, and the Carter Baron Amp Theater. Those were the good days, but now have slowed down quite a bit.

    Give me a shout, would love to talk about the “good ole days."

    Tom Lucas

  12. I have an employee manual titled "A B C'c at L. and B." It has 36 numbered pages and an additional 14 pages of examples of sales tickets. On page 2 it states, "At the present time we number about 900, but we're a friendly group and the first thing you know you'll be nodding and speaking to dozens of people ....... chances are you will discover friends and acquaintances among us. In no time the place will seem like home!"

  13. BAK, once upon a time, in Lewiston, Maine there was a department store named Pecks. The building still stands on Main St. and is now occupied by offices of the State of Maine. The owner was Bradford Peck who authored a futurisic novel titled The World, A Department Store. I have a copy in my collection. The hero of the novel was called Mr. Bradford. Richard Smith RJPSMITH@AOL.COM

  14. Is there a way where I could contact this museum?

  15. I have a small plate with Landsburgh & Bro Washington D.C. on it. Would the museum want it

  16. My Grandmother worked there in the 1940's/1950's. She would take orders for women's clothing and she was driven to the customer's homes in a Lansburgh's vehicle and would assist the customer in trying on clothes and making alterations. She used to take my sister and I to the mezzanine restaurant where I got the hot dog that had shredded cabbage with thousand island dressing....a poor man's Ruben.

  17. Thank you for some very interesting information! I found my way to this page while looking for some information on a 1905 - 1918 era Early American Pattern Glass dish I bought today, with an advertisement molded into the glass that says "Lansburgh & Bro.-Dry Goods Only -Washington,D.C.

  18. Rummaging through the garage found a wool ladies coat with removable fur (I think it's real) collar. Is there a market for these items? Reply to Tony Dominick

  19. The Lansburgh has been remodeled into short and long-term rental apartments. I live on the 7th Street side of the building. I'm glad they didn't tear down the building and instead made it into the showplace it is today

  20. I have a bunch of trade cards from Lansburgh. Anyone interested, feel free to contact me. Thanks.

  21. I have a vase made in Japan with the sticker still on it!!

  22. I have my unique and gorgeous childhood bedroom suite that my mom purchased from Landsburgh's. She had seen the full collection in a major magazine. From Landsburgh's she bought me the dresser, dresser mirror, twin bed, lamp, and night stand. I love it!! Very well made (and heavy), it is 50 years old.

    1. What a keepsake!! Three cheers for your mom's thoughtful, long lasting gift!

  23. I should ask, is Landsbugh's the same as Julius Landsburgh? My bedroom suite came from Julius Landsburgh Furniture.

  24. My father, Al Lowen, was the toy and luggage buyer for years. In the early 1960's he left to open Lowen's in Bethesda. It was referred to as the "FAO Sschwarz," of Bethesda.


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