Posted tagged ‘Pleasant Plains’

Development at Sherman and Lamont Nearing Completion

August 16, 2017

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.

Checking out the Development at Sherman and Girard

May 16, 2017

(Excavation at 2800 Sherman Avenue in preparation of more housing in the area.)

Anyone traveling on Sherman Avenue is sure to have noticed that there is a new development in progress at the northwest corner of Sherman and Girard, NW. This development removed an existing commercial building and garages along the alley in order to construct 11 two-family row dwellings (or 22 units) along Girard and Sherman. The development was approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment in February 2016.

The drawings below are from the set of plans filed with the BZA in November 2015 and should give an idea of what the development will look like.

(View toward northwest from Sherman and Girard.)

(Girard Street elevations.)

New Development Begun on Sherman Avenue

October 14, 2016


The old wood frame house that was once sited just south of Lamont Street at 3229 Sherman Avenue is no more. Notice of its impending removal was first indicated when the owners filed a raze permit application on December 22, 2015. Based on a 2015 DCRA determination letter, the lot will be subdivided. The project would be a matter-of-right project allowing construction of three new rowhouse structures, each containing up to two units.

The original house on the site was built in 1890 by John F. Finn, and I’ve include some history of the site in an earlier post.

More Area Housing Under Construction on Hobart Place, NW

December 30, 2014

718 Hobart Street

I was delighted to see that the property at 725 Hobart Place and the vacant lot next to it are being developed and increasing available housing in our area (albeit on a small scale). I also think this is a good example of when a building lends its self well to adding height and depth to an existing building.

According to the floor plans for 725 Hobart (below), it reads that the building will be a two unit building. The lower level will be all on one floor and contain two bedrooms. The upper unit will be on the second- and third-floor and have three bedrooms. This property is located just west of Georgia Avenue. While I like the family-sized three-bedroom unit, I also have to question if this will be a group rental for university students based on how close it is to Howard.

I haven’t been able to find any plans or permits for the building to the east of 725 Hobart so I don’t know if it will be a multifamily building or not … but I’m betting it is at least two units (it wasn’t included in the plans for 725 Hobart and I haven’t been able to locate a separate permit for it yet).

725 Hobart(Floorplans for 725 Hobart Pl. from BZA documents)

Bruce and Wilson Normal Schools Achieve Landmark Status

November 21, 2014

Bruce School 1900(The Blanche Kelso Bruce School, ca. 1900)

Yesterday, November 20, 2014, two landmark nominations, authored by me, were considered by the Historic Preservation Review Board and approved.

Both the former Blanche Kelso Bruce School and the James Ormond Wilson Normal School buildings were added to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Structures when the Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously in support of the nominations. Both schools currently house charter schools. The Bruce school building, at 770 Kenyon Street, NW, is currently the home of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Chavez Prep Campus, and the Wilson Normal school currently houses the Carlos Rosario School.

For those wanting to learn more about these buildings, the Historic Preservation Office’s staff reports provides a concise overview.

The staff report for the Bruce school concludes (read full report here):

The principal significance of the school is as an educational facility, serving generations of African-American elementary students during the era of segregated schools. Like other neighborhood schools, it grew out of and grew up with the community, serving as a community center in all senses.

The building is significant as well as a great example of one subtype of school, a product of the “Architects in Private Practice” era of 1897 to 1910, as described in the Multiple Property Documentation Form Public School Buildings of Washington, 1862-1960. It also stands as an interesting application of Albert Harris’s extensible school design as an addition.

The staff report for the Wilson Normal school states (read full report here):

The property retains excellent historic integrity, including its original lunch-room ell, its chimneys, etc. It has the expected alterations and repairs for a building a century old, such as window replacements. Its appearance has changed with some entry features erected for the present occupant, a charter school, but these alterations are ultimately reversible.

The nomination proposes a period of significance from 1912, the principal year of construction, to 1987, when the school was vacated by the teachers school, which had been merged into the University of the District of Columbia beginning in 1978. While 1987 is a pretty recent date to be considered historic, such a terminal date has few implications for the preservation treatment of the building exterior, given its remarkable preservation from a century ago. Further, if the continuity of Wilson Normal including its mergers into more modern institutions is important, then recognizing this entire span is reasonable.

Both nominations will be forwarded to the National Park Service for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Love Coffee? Check Out Harrar’s Weekly Coffee Ceremony

November 20, 2014

I haven’t written about Harrar Coffee & Roastery in a while, and thought time was overdue to give them a shout out. I’ve yet to be disappointed in a visit there, and find it a good way to get a day off to a good start.

While there last Saturday, I learned that on Saturday’s starting at 11:30 am, Harrar has their weekly Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, at which they also provide free samples of their coffee. Yet one more reason for me to really love this business.

If you love coffee, and haven’t stopped by Harrar yet, you might want to give them a try. They are located at 2904 Georgia Avenue, a little south and across the street from Bravo Bar. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 6am-8pm, Saturday 7am-8pm, and Sunday 7am-7pm.


Development at 2920 Georgia Nearing Completion

August 25, 2014

Having not posted an update on the development at 2920 Georgia Avenue since July 2013, I thought it was long overdue. As you see from the photos below, the building is quickly nearing completion. As reported by UrbanTurf in June 2012, this project, like 2910 Georgia Across the street, is by developer Art Linde and was designed to have 26 living units. I have been unable to find any information thus far on how the units will be marketed.

2920 Georgia(2920 Georgia from the southeast)

2920 Georgia(View of 2920 Georgia from the north east)

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