Gallery Place is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Green, Red and Yellow Lines. It is a transfer station between the Red Line on the upper level and the Green/Yellow Lines on the lower level.
Gallery Place is located in Northwest Washington, with entrances at 7th and F, 7th and H, and 9th and G Streets. The station’s only street elevator is north of F Street on the west side of 7th Street.
The station, which is beneath the Verizon Center, serves that arena and the surrounding Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods in downtown Washington. The station is located very close to Metro Center, such that the lights of one are visible down the tunnel from the other.
- Calvary Baptist Church
- Ford’s Theater and Petersen House (also known as the House Where Lincoln Died)
- International Spy Museum
- J. Edgar Hoover Building (headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (main branch of the District of Columbia Public Library)
- National Building Museum
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
- Old Patent Office Building (houses both the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum)
- Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Valor, and Georgetown Hoyas)
- Washington Convention Center
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
- The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA
- Service began on December 15, 1976, as part of the original Red Line that ran from Farragut North to Rhode Island Avenue–Brentwood. The opening of the station was delayed by a court order over lack of handicapped access (it was originally supposed to open with the rest of the first stations on March 27, 1976). WMATA provided assurance that such access would be available by June 1, 1977.
Yellow Line service began on April 30, 1983, adding service to the Pentagon and National Airport. An abstract wall sculpture, The Yellow Line by Constance Fleures, was installed in 1989 on the lower level platform, Green Line service began in 1991, adding service (at the time) to U Street and Anacostia.
Originally named “Gallery Place” after the nearby National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, “Chinatown” was added to the station name in 1986 (although the station’s signage was not replaced until 1990).In 2000, a sculpture entitled The Glory of the Chinese Descendants by Foon Sham, was installed over the 7th and H Street entrance at the mezzanine level. The sculpture depicts a large Chinese-style fan above a bowl of rice. The station reverted to its original name, “Gallery Place”, on November 3, 2011, with “Chinatown” listed as a subtitle.
This station has been a testing ground for new features in Metro stations. In 1993, the station was one of the first Metro stations to receive tactile edging on its platforms. Since 2004, the station has been the site of testing for new signage. As a result, there is far more signage in this station than most others, including lighted signs, as well as signage that isn’t found anywhere else in the system. In 2007, red LEDs were tested for the platform edge lights on the upper level. Orange LEDs were tested at the platform edge on the lower level, before being replaced by red LEDs in 2008.