Red Lion Row was named after the The Red Lion pub, which occupied the center of the block prior to the 2000 Pennsylvania Ave construction. The pub still exists and uses 2040 I Street NW as its address. It's the only structure on the block that isn't part of the shops. The fenced areas around the garden plots at 2000 Pennsylvania uses cast iron posts that resemble lions. The Red Lion is currently owned by James R. Eckels, Jr, a seasoned bartender who has worked there since 1995. 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, also known as The Shops at 2000 Penn and Red Lion Row, is a shopping center and eight-story office complex located on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. It forms a busy gateway into the main campus of the George Washington University.
The office building was constructed between 1982 and 1983, and incorporates row houses constructed between 1831 and 1896. As the 2000 Block of Eye Street, NW, the houses were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The oldest homes were located on a block bordered by H, I, 20th, and 21st Streets, NW; who designed and built them is unknown. The thirteen buildings were joined together during construction of the shops and office building; some of their original materials were retained for the finished product. Work began on the complex on December 28, 1982; it was named on October 19, 1983.