Former Bond Bread Factory and WRECo Bus Garage Nominated for Historic Landmark Consideration
Something that may have slipped by unnoticed by many was the D.C. Preservation League’s landmark nominations of the former Bond Bread Factory (2146 Georgia Avenue) and the Washington Railway and Electric Company Bus Garage (2112 Georgia Avenue) at the beginning of February. Both buildings are empty and owned by Howard University. The nearby former Corby Bakery building (2301 Georgia Avenue) is considered by many to have lost too much of its architectural integrity to merit landmark consideration.
According to the nominations — which I encourage folks to read if they want to know more about these buildings — the 1929 Bond Bread Factory building is a high-style industrial building designed by architect Corry B. Comstock. Its style, quality craftsmanship, and decorative detailing are rare for the city’s industrial building stock. The Bond Bread Factory, although vacant, remains in good condition and retains its integrity.
The Central Bus Garage was constructed in 1930 to house and maintain the bus fleet of the Washington Railway and Electric Company. It continued in this usage through the incorporation of WRECO into the newly-formed Capital Transit Company in 1933 and that company’s reorganization into the DC Transit Company in 1949. In 1958, the garage became the service facility and gasoline depot for a United States Post Office truck fleet that had been displaced from the Main City Post Office at North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE.
Next time you are in the 2100 block of Georgia Avenue, you may want to take a second look at these buildings to appreciate their architecture.Historic Landmarks, History, Howard University comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.