DC Space was a prime space of creativity in the district during the 80s hosting many punk shows, poetry events, and even serving as a destination for D.C. jazz. Just ten years prior, during the riots of 1968, this area was one of those destroyed in D.C..
The creative scene flourished in this area of uncertainty. The punks had the city to themselves at night and they reveled in the danger and adventure of it. D.C. Space in particular was one of the first venues that hosted music and other events in this part of town, paving the way for other creative communities to pop up, helping shift the attitude of going to downtown D.C. by night. Co-founder Bill Warrell said "We broke ground for an awful lot of what they do...most people thought it was a desert, a lost region." It has since become a Starbucks on H street.