New Crosswalk at Irving and the Hospital Center Progressing

Posted August 21, 2017 by Kent
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The new controlled traffic light and crosswalk on Irving Street between Wangari Gardens and the Washington Hospital Center is nearing completion. Its long been difficult to cross the street at this intersection, making this improvement all the more needed.

Fossils at Park View School

Posted August 17, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Historic Landmarks, Schools, Science

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A while ago I found a website that explores fossils in the architecture of Washington, D.C. by Christopher Barr. The site is organized by geological periods and shows examples of fossils that are in stone used in local buildings. I was immediate drawn to the sections on Sacred Heart Church and the Unification Church on 16th Street.

But as I reviewed the site, I suspected that we would also have fossils in the limestone used at the Park View School — and after inspecting the school, my hunch was right. As near as I can tell, the limestone appears to be Indiana Limestone from the Mississippian period. Below are photos of some of the fossils I found at the school.

(An area of trace fossils or, more technically, “ichnofossils”. These are located on the north side of the entry doors on Warder Street.)

(The structures that resemble netting are typically fenestrate bryozoans.)

Development at Sherman and Lamont Nearing Completion

Posted August 16, 2017 by Kent
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The development located at 3229 Sherman, just south of Lamont, appears to be nearing completion. Construction began in October 2016 and replaced an old wood-frame single family home that was built in 1890. The new structures should provide six new units of housing.

More Details on Development Planned for 638 & 640 Newton Place

Posted August 14, 2017 by Kent
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Last week I shared that development is headed for one of the vacant lots on the 600 block of Newton Place. I now have more information and drawings for 638 and 640 Newton Place NW.  There will be a total of four townhouses with two fronting Newton Place and two fronting a 35 foot deep courtyard in the rear.

Each home is planned to be 2,050 SF on three levels with three and a half bathrooms. Each will have either three bedrooms and family room or four bedrooms. Each house will also have a large roof top deck on the rear of the third floor. Each house will also come  with a parking space.

Below are drawings showing the front and rear of the structures that will front Newton Place.

(638 and 640 Newton Place showing Newton Place elevations.)

(638 and 640 Newton Place showing elevations from the courtyard.)

Development Proposed for 435 Park Road

Posted August 10, 2017 by Kent
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On August 10, 2017, I received notice that BZA application #19603 was filed for 435 Park Road, NW. A description of the property and the proposed use from the application follows:

The Property is located at 435 Park Road, N.W., and is located in the RF-1 zone district. The Property is currently a large corner lot measuring 4,119 square feet of land area. The Applicant intends to subdivide the lot into two smaller lots. The subject Property, 435 Park Road, N.W., will become an interior lot. In order to complete the proposed subdivision, the Applicant will be removing a large bay window on the east side of the Building facing Park Place. Abutting the Property to the west is a semi-detached dwelling. Abutting the Property to the south and east are Park Road and Park Place, respectively. Once the subdivision is complete, the Applicant intends to construct a new flat on 433 Park Road, N.W., which will abut the subject Property to the east. Abutting the Property’s rear yard, to the north, is a row dwelling. The Applicant is proposing to convert the existing Building from a single-family dwelling to a flat.

Based on my understanding of the case, the entire project as proposed would have been by-right if not for the removal of the bay window and the architectural cornice on the bay window. The removal of the architectural feature requires a special exception. The BZA hearing has not yet been scheduled.

(435 Park Road, NW. A new two two-unit flat is proposed to be located between the existing house and Park Place, NW.)

More Housing Coming to Newton Place

Posted August 9, 2017 by Kent
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There has been a lot of focus on the 600 block of Newton Place lately, particularly related to deeply rooted issues that relate to public safety. Because of this I’m happy to share some good news. The vacant lot on the south side of Newton between the two apartment buildings recently broke ground with a plan to construct four rowhouses for a total of 4 new residential units. The configuration will be two structures in the front of the lot and two structures toward the rear of the lot.

I’ll share drawings of the development when I receive them. Below is a view of the lot looking north from the alley.

Back in 1911, Surveyor Proposed Widening Spring Road.

Posted August 7, 2017 by Kent
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In looking through old newspaper articles, I found the following from the Evening Star (Oct. 28, 1911) of interest. The article discusses the recommendation to extend Spring Rd east of Rock Creek Church Rd to New Hampshire and Georgia as well as widening the road from 40 ft. to 90 ft.

The detail from the 1907 Baist’s real estate atlas of surveys of Washington shows where Spring Road’s eastern termination was at that time, so it shows that the extension was successfully completed.


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