Archive for the ‘Random Observations’ category

Multi-Family Yard Sale on Princeton Place this Saturday

October 12, 2017

Here’s something that may be of interest to neighbors, the 600 and 700 blocks of Princeton Place have synchronized their attic and basement clean-outs to offer to the community a 2- block long yard sale this

According to one of the organizers, there will be many bargains, from kids’ everything to adult clothes, furniture, kitchen gear, and art, probably with a couple of lemonade/cookies stands.

Early 20th Century Photo of Rock Creek Church Cemetery Gate House

January 6, 2017

Back in August I found this old photo of the Gate House to Rock Creek Church Cemetery. Based on the other photos that were with it, I’m dating the photo to ca. 1915.

St. Pauls Episcopal church gate house

The gate house is still there and anyone familiar with the cemetery should recognize it. There are two things I like about this photo, though. The first is that it also includes a man standing in Rock Creek Church Road set up to take a photograph of the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery to the east. The other is that it shows that the entrance to the cemetery was once at Harewood Road. Today, the entrance has been moved to the west and is now at Rock Creek Church and Webster. This means that the gate house is no longer located right next to the gate.

The map below is a detail from the 1919 edition of the Baist’s real estate atlas of surveys of Washington, on which I’ve included an arrow showing the direction from which the above photo was taken. It also shows that Webster Street had not yet been constructed to connect with Rock Creek Church Road.

1919-baist-map-harewood-gate-with-arrow

Around Town: Nearby News of Note

December 22, 2016

Chavez Prep(Chavez Prep Middle School at 770 Kenyon Street, NW).

Crowdfunding Raises Money for School Library – Jennie Tomlinson-Herr, the librarian at Chavez Prep Middle School (770 Kenyon St. NW), last week launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the low-income school’s library, which received a 70 percent cut in funding. In 7 days, they’ve already reached their goal. (Borderstan)

Zippin’ Chickin’ Opens at 2910 Georgia Avenue – After a soft opening in October, Zippin’ Chickin’ and Fish is now officially at 2901 Georgia, at the corner of Georgia and Harvard. Check out their menu. (New Columbia Heights)

Petworth News’ Ongoing Spotlight on ANC Commissioners (Kent Boese edition) – For several years now, Petworth News has been interviewing Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and other local movers and shakers in the greater Petworth area. Recently they asked to sit down and chat with me, with the results now on their site (Petworth News)

Advertising Spoon with a Link to Georgia Avenue’s Past

December 14, 2016

corby-spoon

I’m always on the look out for old items that have a link to the Georgia Avenue neighborhoods. A while ago I found this advertising spoon from the early 1900s showing Corby Bakery. Below is a close up of the bowl, which has an elevation of the bakery.

corby-spoon-close-up

You can still see the original building at 2301 Georgia Avenue at the intersection at Barry Place.

Corby's Bakery Building(Image from flickr user StreetsofWashington)

Around Town: Nearby News of Note

December 12, 2016

There has been a lot going on in and around the community in the past week and a half. Following is some of the news you may have missed.

McMillan Sand Filtration Site.

McMillan Sand Filtration Site.

Development of McMillan – On Wednesday December 7th, Mayor Bowser broke ground at the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant, and the following day DC’s highest court blocked the development. While the court did not rule out taller buildings, it did say that the Zoning Commission must explain its reasons for weighing some factors of the Comprehensive Plan over others more fully. (Greater Greater Washington).

Gentrification in Park View – Colony Club owner Max Zuckerman spoke with a producer of the Kojo Nnamdi show about gentrification, the history behind Colony Club’s name, and his commitment to being a positive member of the community (WAMU)

Housing vs. Park Space – In addition to my brief notes from the Zoning hearings for the redevelopment of Park Morton,  Greater Greater Washington asks if creating new housing — most of it for low- and moderate-income residents — is worth giving up over an acre of temporary park space at the Bruce Monroe site (Greater Greater Washington).

Cocktails Under $10? – The Washington Post proclaims that Yes!, you can actually find good cocktails in D.C. for less than $10. Among their picks are Park View’s Union Drinkery and Petworth’s Ten Tigers Parlour (Washington Post).

Kangeroo Boxing Club Closing in January – Columbia Heights eatery Kangeroo Boxing Club opened in 2012. Now, it will be closing in January. But this isn’t the end — they will be working quickly to redevelop the space and plan to launch a new community focused bar and restaurant this summer (Borderstan).

Grimke Development Deal Hits a Snag – The District and Roadside Development have failed to reach an agreement to redevelop the historic Grimke School site at 1923 Vermont Ave. NW into a cultural center, offices, townhouses, and mixed-use apartment buildings (Washington City Paper).

 

President Obama and First Family Serve Thanksgiving Meals at Soldiers’ Home

November 28, 2016

For those that may have missed it due to holiday traveling, on Wednesday November 23rd, President Obama was in the neighborhood giving back to retired veterans as part of his Thanksgiving this year. The president and first family served Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. According to the Washington Post, “The campus is home to 405 previously enlisted service members, who represent every campaign since World War I. Obama served the turkey and gravy and briefly chatted with veterans and workers as they went through the line.”

New Little Free Library on New Hampshire Avenue

October 21, 2016

A new Little Free Library has recently popped up in front of 3509 New Hampshire Avenue. Its always interesting to me to see where this occur and the many different ways they are created.

Little Free Library


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