Original Atlantic Plumbing Signage in Lobby of New Building Next to 9:30 Club


@ATLPLUMBINGDC tweets us the awesome photo above:

“What makes new cool is the incorporation of the past. Original AP brick signage was retained for the lobby design.”

Here’s the signage pre-demo in 2013:


New building previously tweeted by @ATLPLUMBINGDC:


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  • Okay, that’s rad.

  • This raises the bar.

  • Love it. The signage looks great, and the building itself reminds me of on of my hometown’s architectural icons, the Burlington Industries building, now unfortunately torn down in one of the greatest crimes against architecture North Carolina has ever committed.

    • What, you don’t like the REI and Harris Teeter and massive mall parking lot they put there instead? (My father worked in that Burlington Industries building).

  • justinbc

    That lobby is ridiculous. Sold.

  • WANT. Why oh why do I have to be poor???

  • That is so hot.

  • Anonynon

    unbelievable transformation. I remember running around 930 club in college (about 8 years ago) and this part of town had a much different feel to it. The new theater opening up in that building will be great too!

  • Too bad they weren’t able to incorporate the actual, original old sign. Still, very cool.

    • Isn’t that what they did here? Or am I reading this incorrectly?

      • That’s exactly what they did here. Looks like they “restored” it by touching up the paint but I’d imagine the bricks are at least original.

        • Yes, it’s definitely been redone. Looks like they added some sort of gloss coating (or gloss paint) to the brick. From this photo, it almost has the look of subway tile.
          Regardless, it’s a classy lobby.

    • The original sign was salvaged and being incorporated into the lobby. Note the photo above is a rendering.

  • RIP gum wall

    • FYI the gum wall only appeared after the business closed and owners moved on. Before then they kept the front relatively clear of gum and graffiti. I like the sign, that is authentic representation of the business that was there for probably 50 years. Dislike the mentions of graffiti as inspiration. Most of the graffiti (except ever-present tagging and CD release posters ) was by invited artists for ‘Blended’ for a fundraiser and in anticipation of it being razed.

  • This reminds me of the type of renovation work they’re doing in more industrial cities like Detroit, incorporating the old with the new for an industrial chic aesthetic.

    Take note, developers and architects: This is what those of us who prefer city living want, not the generic stuff that usually goes up because it’s easy to get approved.

    • To be fair, developers and architects often TRY to get more interesting stuff built, but they get stifled by this city’s ridiculous architectural review process.

      • What are you talking about? Developers are allowed to build in pretty much whatever style they want, unless they’re in a historic district.

        • This isn’t true. Large developments going through PUD processes will be asked to tweak/change designs to please myriad approval boards, even if they’re outside of historic districts.

          • I thought if they’re building strictly by-right, there’s no need for a PUD. A PUD is necessary only if they’re trying to get exceptions/variances, like providing fewer parking spaces than zoning requires.

          • Or if you need to get through a BZA, etc. There are plenty of situations in which construction outside of historic districts is subject to design review. By-right, fully zoning compliant construction generally isn’t subject to design limitations, but you didn’t specify those qualifiers in your earlier comment.

          • Sheesh… I didn’t think I had to.
            I’m still not convinced that the bland design is primarily because of developers needing to get ANC buy-in for PUDs, wanting zoning exceptions from the BZA, etc.
            In any event, I like how the Atlantic is looking.

        • Except for all of the other places where they have to face the gauntlet of a picky ANC.

    • maxwell smart

      “Take note, developers and architects” – yeah I’m going to go ahead and take offense to this. I would say most Architects in DC are in favor of projects like this and more “design” driven developments that add something interesting to the urban fabric of DC – but it takes the right developer to see that good design is worthwhile. Most developers just want a fast turn-around, easy to build and low-cost.

      • +10000000000! I worked for a large architectural firm in DC and used to complain to my peers about the lack of originality that we were turning out. It really does come down to the developers and what they are willing to invest. The value engineering (or ve for short) process is ridiculous and robs buildings of design and creativity.

      • Be that as it may, architects are making a pretty penny off designing the bland, whether they want to or not. They could take a stand and refuse the work, but they don’t, so they’re partially culpable.

    • Also – DC doesn’t have as much industrial stock as other cities…now that GPO building, what I would do with it if I had the money and it was for sale.

    • Interior design/ interior architecture has nothing to do with the city approval or permitting process even in historic districts. If you aren’t touching the envelope of the building, DCRA does not care what you do as long as it is code compliant (there may be a few exceptions to this.) It’s usually budget that drives the “coolness” factor. Believe me if every client had this kind of money things would look a lot more awesome.

  • The original brick signage looked a bit worn — this reconstructed version in the building lobby looks better than the real/original thing!

  • Love it!!

  • maxwell smart

    Now that is how you do a lobby!

  • I was just today missing the old Atlantic Plumbing believe it or not. Local hardware store didn’t have a washer for the sillcock spigot, whatever that is. Back in the day, I went to Atlantic Plumbing and waited in line like the clueless new idiot homeowner, while the professional plumbers bs’ed with the staff — those guys were just unbelievably profane, black, white and brown, all cursing together. Quite the scene, but they found what I needed for my old house.

    • Yep they were all that but also helpful. I got helped a few times by the pros hanging out there. Miss it.

    • Home Depot usually has a swath of pros walking around. I was looking for something plumbing related, and a guy asked if I needed help and pointed me in the right direction. Saved me a ton of money .I am a woman, so I think it came from a place of man must help, but even if you’re not, I’m sure you can ask someone, and they’ll help if they can. The employees might be able to help also.

  • I like everything about this.

  • What a great building this is turning out to be!

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