New Building, The Ella (#2) Rising Next to Shaw’s Tavern


A new building is going up next to Shaw’s Tavern at 1839 6th St, NW.  A building permit reveals it will be a 7 unit building by a company called The Ella, LLC.  Not to be mistaken with this Ella. Looks like we’re running out of names to swagger jack…


Corner of 6th and Florida Ave, NW:


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  • Enjoy your time on the Shaw’s Tavern roof/patio now because odds are there will be some nitwit who moves into that building and complains about the noise and creates a ruckus.

  • Eeek! Someone’s going to drop a pretty penny on such cheap construction.

  • I am not a construction expert or anything, but is it safe to build a home this tall out of plywood?

  • That is a lot of wood – looks like pretty shoddy/cheap construction.

  • Looks like the boards are mixed and matched, not even consistent.

  • All frame construction has plywood as sheathing, or something more modern like Zipsystem (a sheathing and tape system that has a built in vapor barier). You need a “skin” like plywood to keep the “skeleton” frame walls from racking. It’s like needing a triangular member to keep a rectangle from racking into a parallelogram. You just need to cover it with house wrap and use a type of plywood made for exterior use. Not all plywoods are the same and some glues will dissolve when exposed to chronic prolonged moisture.

  • Looks like yet another high-quality condominium project is coming to the District!

    • I agree with your sarcasm, Brian. And, I previously agreed with your evaluation of the Lima. The Lima is unthinkably poorly finished. As you said, it is some of the worst new construction to hit the DC condo market. Will the The Ella be as bad? We shall see. For what it’s worth (and I’m guessing Brian will agree) stick-frame construction (i.e. The Lima, The Ella) doesn’t have to be god awful. The Moderno certainly wasn’t great, but it wasn’t god awful. Neither was the Moderno, although that project definitely had some construction defects. People definitely paid too much for their condos in the stick-framed and stone-and-brick-faced Moderno, as well as the brick-faced Murano, but at least Habte Sequar was involved in neither of those projects, nor is he involved with The Ella.

  • LOL, wut?

  • i love all the comments here about shoddy construction just because it’s wood. are any of you an engineer/construction expert? crickets…………..

    • I generally agree with you, but I am currently renovating a home built in 1906 out of brick and man is that stuff durable. Even thoug construction like this meets code it is not going to be around in 2113…

    • Are you seriously trying to make the case that current construction standards for smaller homes are more durable than the old brick row homes around DC? Better at isolating noise? Better at insulating against the elements (obviously comparing an updated row house)? Please humor me.

      • what I’m saying here… is that it depends on who the builder is. there are some real shitty brick building… and there are some really amazing wood buildings out there. dont cock block those wood framed buildings just because they are wood. real answer is much more complicated… which an engineer would understand.

        • Okay, so let’s go with the average modern stick construction in downtown DC vs the average older brick row home (mean, median, your pick …)

          • still depends on many more factors than you are willing to admit to yourself… what kind of insulation are you talking about, how thick are the plywood sheets, etc… you just can’t compare two buildings without knowing a fuck ton more about how they are built. end of story.

          • Clam down 6:36 pm it’s going to be a POS and you know it. Lets come back and review when it’s done you can either eat your words of gloat over the rest of us.

        • actually there don’t seem to be many really shitty 100 year old brick buildings in DC. My house was totally neglected for a decade or two in ledroit park but at its core it is a freaking rock.

          i guess that’s the thing. a 100 year old brick house has a core. this doesn’t. which doesn’t matter in the short term. but at some point, this will be a decrepit disaster and a deadweight on the neighborhood without super expensive rebuilding. whereas the old brick building stock in ledroit park, georgetown, shaw, etc is going to be around for a long, long time.

          • Genuine question: were there buildings built a century ago that haven’t survived? Maybe this is comparing apples to oranges, b/c we’re comparing those 100-year-old houses that could withstand years of whatever treatment to still be here in 2013 with all of the new construction, some of which may well still be here and doing well in 100 years and some that will be long gone by then.

      • how much does a new brick house cost? not just brick clad, but actually structurally made of brick?
        do people even do that anymore?

    • My father is a retired construction architect. He taught me a lot about construction. Wood is not shoddy but it is cheap. For the prices these condos will sell for, it is cheap. You will get crappy sound insulation and even worse climate insulation. If a contractor is willing to use all wood/plywood shell exterior on a building, I can guarantee you they are not putting anything better inside for insulation, either for sound or climate.

  • This is the kind of crap that cropped up during the last bubble. Between the Lima, the V Street pop-up abomination, and this eyesore, the writing is definitely on the wall. The interest rate shock is going to be brutal.

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