I’ve always been fascinated by this bar turned church and since long vacant on Georgia Ave. And I’ve said to myself when this storefront gets renovated – it will mean this section of Georgia Ave will begin to be revitalized. So I did a triple take when I saw the signage above (covering the small Jesus lettering) announcing funding for a new project. Anyway it got me thinking about other symbolic revitalization spots that had been long vacant like the Wonder Bread Factory, Howard Theatre, the Boilermaker Building, Uline arena and others. So what renovated or soon to be renovated vacant building most represents DC’s revitalization to you?
“We picked this collection of spinach, tomatoes, banana pepper, and purple green beans last week. A very colorful and delicious selection!”
If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)
“As I’m sure you are already well aware, today is National Tequila Day! You’ve had your calendars marked for months, and today is finally the day! In honor of this important holiday, we’re offering 20 percent off our wide selection of tequila and mezcal all night long!”
“The Mighty Pint will be CLOSED due to venue maintenance until further notice. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted!
Feel free to contact us with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your understanding. We have the BEST customers in the city!”
An email from Mighty Pint reveals a few more details:
“We are closed due to a major break in our mainline plumbing. We are unsure of when we will reopen due to the location, size, and construction needed to fix the break. We are working diligently with our Landlord to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. I’ll be sure to keep you and everyone else updated as we know more in the upcoming weeks!”
Today while on a walk through Rock Creek Park, I came across an enormous, beautiful Tudor house on the corner of Linnean Ave and Tilden St. It looked like it could be a swanky private prep school until we got closer and realized it was abandoned and in a total state of disrepair.
After some Googling we discovered that this is the Morris House, originally home to former socialite and “unofficial host of the city” Edgar Morris and his wife Beronica. Even more intriguingly, it was purchased by the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1973 and has been owned by the DRC since. It served as the ambassador’s residence until 1995, when the ambassador lost his post – but he continued to live there until 2005 as a caretaker.
Since then, it has been empty and unused, though there are holes in the fences and windows that suggest it has been explored. It was designated a historic DC site in March 2010.
Here and here are more pictures. The address is 4001 Linnean Ave NW. There is a new-ish looking dumpster and portapotty on the grounds, so I’m not sure if there’s work being done.
I thought you might be interested in this – or possibly know more? I’d love to hear it if you do!”
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.
“Duncan of H Street too tired to get out of bed.”
“My loves Abby and Bailey post-Bonnie’s Dog (& Cat) Grooming. H Street”
“Rescue mutt Scrappy keeps an eye on my quiet little street in NE DC”