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Admiring Painting of Brookland’s Trinity Washington University

May 5, 2016

Lately I’ve been trying to get more familiar with Washington art and artists. I came upon the image below that should be familiar to many in the neighborhood as it is of Trinity Washington University on Michigan Avenue.

Rolle Trinity

The view of Trinity appears to be from the area around the intersection of Franklin Street and Lincoln Road, NE, possibly from within Glenwood Cemetery. The artist is August Herman Olson Rolle (1875-1941) who was  and important D.C. Impressionist landscape painter during the early 20th Century. There is a fairly good biography of him here if you want to read more.

Notes from Second DDOT Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Workshop

April 21, 2016

Crosstown study(Neighbors learning more about transportation options during the workshop.)

Last night DDOT hosted their second workshop related to their Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study. Roughly 40+ neighbors attended the workshop to learn where DDOT is in the process and see some of the suggested changes that DDOT has developed in response to the feedback they gathered at the first workshop and from the 689 comments that were submitted via the online interactive map. Crosstown study progress chartThe third Crosstown workshop is scheduled for June 9th and will be held at Trinity Washington University.

Some of the quick take aways from the information gathered so far were that the highest priority of those who participated were bike connectivity (20%) followed by pedestrian connectivity (presentation materials will be posted on the Crosstown Website).

The presentation boards were split up into three areas of focus — a Western Section (west of Park Place), a Central Section (Park Place to the eastern end of Iriving), and an Eastern Section. Admittedly, I didn’t focus too much time on the Eastern Section of the study area.

The most interesting areas in the Central section were ideas to remove/reconfigure the cloverleaf at the intersection of North Capital and Irving and potential changes to the connection of Irving and Michigan Avenue. Each of the sections also had three concepts for participants to review showing possible traffic configurations.

IMG_0417(Concept board 3 of the Central Section.)

Where I focused much of my time was looking at the potential changes to the area where Park Place meets Kenyon, Irving, and Michigan. This is the most complicated area in need of attention and likely the first piece of the puzzle that will need to be solved before other east/west changes could be implemented.

Below are the three concepts for the Western section along with details of the problem area west of the hospitals center at the south end of Park Place. In all three scenarios, it appears that the Michigan Avenue overpass would be removed which I think is a good improvement.

Concept 1

IMG_0416(Click on image for larger image which includes highlights of the suggested improvements.)


In the above detail the red “X’s” indicate roads that would be removed. Arrows indicate direction of traffic.

Concept 2

IMG_0413(Click on image for larger image which includes highlights of the suggested improvements.)


In the above detail the red “X’s” indicate roads that would be removed. Arrows indicate direction of traffic.

Concept 3

IMG_0414(Click on image for larger image which includes highlights of the suggested improvements.)

Kenyon Park Place option 3

In the above detail the red “X’s” indicate roads that would be removed. Arrows indicate direction of traffic.

Annie’s Ace Hardware Opens Brookland Location

November 11, 2015

annies ace hardware

According to a press release from Annie’s Ace Hardware (see below), their new Brookland location opened yesterday and is located at 3405 8th Street, NE.

I wish Annie’s all the best on their growth and for keeping a long hardware tradition going in Brookland.

Passing the Hammer, er, Torch!

WASHINGTON – This week the Brookland neighborhood will witness the passing of the hammer, er, torch as Annie’s Ace Hardware opens and Brookland True Value closes shop after 35 years. To staff her second store, Anne Stom, the owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware has hired all of the employees from the former Brookland True Value hardware store. “We are thrilled to be able to continue providing the knowledgeable service that community residents have experienced at Brookland Hardware in an updated environment,” said Stom. “Between these six employees, we have gained over 100 years of retail hardware experience that will enhance our ability to serve the Brookland community”.

In addition, Howard Politzer, owner of the former Brookland Hardware has been hired to serve as a Senior Advisor for both locations of Annie’s Ace Hardware. Howard is eager to teach his skills to a younger group of people. “Annie and I believe that the expertise that I have developed over the years can be passed on to her employees to create a true hardware store experience for customers by providing services that cannot be replicated in a big box store.”

The new Annie’s Ace Hardware will open on November 10 and is the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. The first location opened in the Petworth neighborhood to rousing success in 2012. “Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” said Stom. “This mission is something that both Howard and I are committed to continuing in Brookland.” The new store is located on 8th Street, NE, between Monroe and Lawrence Street in the Menkiti Building.

The new 7,400 square-foot Annie’s Hardware-Brookland store will be packed with thousands of essential products and supplies from the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace, including Benjamin Moore paints, Weber grills, Mrs. Myer’s earth-friendly cleaning products, a complete line of canning supplies, Craftsman tools, and other premium products. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will also offer many of the same services neighbors expect from Brookland Hardware, such as key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. For the neighborhood’s active gardening community, the store will also include a 1,000 square-foot garden center, which will feature plants native to the region.

Thomas Vedrody, the current Manager of the Annie’s Hardware-Petworth, will manage and co-own the new store. “As we have set up the new store, I have had the opportunity to meet many residents and business owners in Brookland and have been gratified by their enthusiasm for our new endeavor. It has also been a pleasure getting to know the staff from Brookland Hardware …I have already gained a lot of knowledge by working with them and am very excited that we will be able to provide continuity of service to the Brookland and Edgewood communities,” Vedrody said

Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland:

Store Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 3405 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, just south of Monroe Street Market

Access: Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be a short walk from the Brookland Metro station on the Red Line and near several bus lines. The store will have seven dedicated parking spots.

Annie’s Ace Hardware – Petworth

Store Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 1240 Upshur Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010 conveniently located between Georgia Avenue and 13th Street, across from Roosevelt High School Athletic Field.

Annie’s Hardware Expanding in Brookland — Joins Forces with Brookland Hardware

July 24, 2015

Congratulations to Annie’s Ace Hardware  and Brookland Hardware for growing and partnering to continue a long tradition of serving Brookland’s hardware needs. According to the press release (below), after 40 years in the retail hardware business in Brookland, Howard Politzer will hold a retirement and liquidation sale starting Thursday, July 23 at Brookland Hardware, 3501 12th Street NE. All inventory will be sold at deep discounts. After the transition, Howard will join the Ace team, bringing generations of knowledge and trust with him. I particularly like that Annie’s Ace will also be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood.

Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland Info:
Expected Opening: Fall 2015
Anticipated Store Hours: MondaySaturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 3405 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, just south of Monroe Street Market   
Access: Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be a short walk from the Brookland Metro station on the Red Line and near several bus lines. The store will have seven dedicated parking spots.

Annies Ace expantion 1

Portrait of Brookland in 1908

July 31, 2014

I’m continuing to re-post a series of articles that were originally published in the Washington Times that paint caricatures of various Washington suburbs as they were in 1908. I’ve previously posted the articles for Georgetown, Anacostia, and Tenleytown. Today’s feature is Brookland.

Brookland bannerBrookland cartoon 1908

Almost Deserted During Day, Activities Begin After Nightfall.


Grocers Wake Up, Druggist Starts Fountain, and Business Begins.


BROOKLAND is inhabited mainly by people who are not afraid to go home in the dark.

Hastening out there early in the afternoon, I expressed a burning desire to round up its well-informed citizenry and learn all about the place. Dr. J.H. Brooks, who had much to do with laying out the sub-division some fifty years ago, inasmuch as his ancestors had thoughtfully annexed considerable land thereabouts, quickly disillusioned me.

“You would converse with our leading citizens?” he asked, or words to that effect. “Ha! You are stranger in our midst evidently. We are all sundowners our here. Wait around until nightfall and the folks will come in from the Government departments. Our doctors, lawyers, merchants and other leading lights never hang out their shingles until after sundown. Yes, indeed, business picks up a bit out this way at night.”

The doctor was right. I conversed at length with the policeman, postmaster, town barber and a few women and children, all of whom have to stay in Brookland during the daytime, until the real population arrived at sundown.

Cavalcade Descends.

As the hour of 6 approaches a mighty cavalcade was seen descending from the hilltops, upon which the Brookland cars stop. The doctors prepared to diagnose, the lawyers to expound, the village barber to sharpen his razor, and the merchant to weigh out the daily portion of choice groceries.

Frantic canines heralded the approach of the head of the family; joyous children did likewise and clamored to know what further reason existed for not serving the evening meal. Brookland had come into her own and her male population had become a fixture for another fourteen hours.

While waiting. I had learned considerable about the place. It is bounded on the north by sites for colleges, on the west by colleges, on the east by more colleges, and on the south by still other colleges. Everything except a correspondence school is represented, and perhaps that will be as soon as land can be cleared.

People never ask out there about a stranger’s name or business. It’s “what school does he go to?” The rah-rah boy, the solemn visage wearer of the pronounced clerical garb, with theology written all over him, the vivacious seminary girl, the more sedate aspirant for a place in the cloistered precincts, bewhiskered professors – they are all every-day sights in Brookland. (more…)

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s Urban Photography Series 2013 Neighborhoods

October 4, 2013

Earlier this year, I participated in the Historical Society of Washington’s Urban Photography series as a tour guide. The purpose of the tours was to explore one neighborhood in each of Washington’s 8 Wards and create a photographic record of that community today. These photographs have been added to the Historical Society’s collection and will be useful to future scholars writing about our city.

It is hoped that the Urban Photography Series will occur annually and eventually document every corner of the District of Columbia. Below is a video that the HSWDC put together that will give you a taste of was was accomplished this year.


Policing Washington’s Suburbs (in 1906)

September 29, 2011

Mounted D.C. Policeman, 1906

Living in the area north of Florida Avenue and east of Rock Creek Park today, one often forgets that these were once considered suburbs of Washington in every sense of the word. As the City grew additional services were needed … including a stronger focus on public safety and additional police. To meet this need, the Tenth Police Precinct was created by chief Major Sylvester and moved into its new station house at 750 Park Road in 1901.

The boundaries of the Tenth Precinct, as described in the 1910 U.S. Census, were as follows: The area bounded by the District line [north], Queens Chapel Road NE, Eighteenth Street NE, Brentwood Road, T Street, First Street NW, Channing Street, College Street extended, College Street, Barry Place extended, Barry Place, Florida Avenue, Q Street, and Rock Creek.

In its early days, much of the Tenth Precinct was still undeveloped and rural. Below is a somewhat lengthy account I found in The Washington Times, April 29, 1906, Magazine Section and have reposted below titled “A Night with a Mounted Policeman.” Keeping in mind that it was written in 1906 and reflects that time, I still think it paints a picture of this part of the City that would be very foreign to many of us now.

Below is the article in full:

It was now almost daybreak and while the officer would not be relieved from duty until 8 o’clock, his work as a guardian of the peace while others slept was virtually at an end.

It was not a very strenuous night, as nights with the mounted police are accounted, but there was sufficient variety in it to heighten The Times man’s respect for the men who comprise this seldom thought of but very essential branch of the public service of the Capital City.

The Adventures of a Sunday Times Representative, Who Accompanied On Horseback One of the Men Who Patrol the Lonely Outlying Sections of the City Between Sunset and Daylight.

It Is 10 o’clock at night. Outside the wind is sweeping in gale-like gusts around the corners of the house. Now and then there are penetrating showers of rain, which grow more and more frequent, until a steady downpour is heard on the roof. The fire burning in the grate serves the double purpose of giving an atmosphere of cheeriness to the room and dispelling the early spring rawness in the air. How comfortable it is to sit in your own home and read for an hour or more before the sound of the falling rain gives you an irresistible invitation to go to sleep! (more…)

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