Rendering for Building at 14th and W St, NW

Back in the middle of Sept. a reader asked about this building and while a permit suggested it was being built to support a restaurant a commenter told us:

“The previously abandoned building is being completely renovated and expanded with the intention of attracting a new restaurant tenant. The design, by Bonstra Haresign Architects, received ANC support and HPO approval for the renovated facade, which will retain the minimal historically significant details that remained (existing cornice and existing openings on the right side) while creating a new double height opening with street-level bay on the left side, which had been significantly altered from it’s original form at some point in the past. The resultant design is intended to be sensitive to the historic context through the thoughtful insertion of contemporary interventions within the facade. The renovated space will feature two levels of seating, a semi-private dining area at the upper street face, and outdoor terrace off the second floor.”

At the time we didn’t see a rendering but recently one has been added to the sign:

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  • Hopefully the finished product will not be as butt ugly as the rendering.

  • That building has some historic significance. In 1968, it was the headquarters of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the time of the riots. Stokely Carmichael and other SNCC leaders operated out of that building. Maybe there should be some recognition of that by the new owners?

    • eh. I wouldn’t fault them for not recognizing that fact.

      • I’m not surprised you don’t have the balls to ID yourself. Typical. Regardless of what you think, the SNCC was a very important organization in the civil rights movement. It would be proper–especially in this neighborhood–to recognize that building if it was the HQ.

  • No kidding. Why are the neighboring buildings green and purple in the rendering when they’re yellow in blue in real life? FAIL

    • No kidding! And the tree in the rendering looks like and oak when we all know the real tree there is a plane tree. Geez. In this economy you would think they would be able to afford some competent artists!

  • Ooooooh louvers!!! One of the most underutilized design elements. It looks great on the back window of my 1981 Trans Am AND on the front facade of a building. Score!

  • Wow, I didn’t know about the SNCC history. There should be some notice of this, such as a historical marker.

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