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Byline: Kristina Stefanova
Jun. 7--Veerhoff Galleries, founded 129 years ago by a German immigrant, is closing because it can't afford its pricey Georgetown rent. The city's oldest gallery and framer, which once deframed the Declaration of Independence, is just the latest in a line of Washington institutions to close over the past decade.
Wilhelm H. Veerhoff opened the original shop on 916 Seventh St. NW, selling wallpaper, window shades, frames and Victorian wall decorations.
The gallery still specializes in framing but long ago traded wall decorations for paintings and prints.
Margaret Veerhoff, Mr. Veerhoff's great-granddaughter who has been running the business since 1976, must sell almost everything by the end of summer.
"My income is going down a little and rent has been increasing," said Ms. Veerhoff, 58. "And there is just not enough of what my dad used to call `wiggle …