Another New Row House Mural “Shaw is dead? Long live Shaw?”


Thanks to all who sent emails – one writes:

“This is a house that recently sold at 8th and Rhode Island. I must admit I’m not sure what to make of this depiction of Robert Gould Shaw. Shaw is dead? Long live Shaw? Would love to know what others think!”

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  • I don’t know what it means, but can’t get over how crooked the mural is. Or is it the window?

    • neither of them look very crooked at all

      • Looks crooked to me, if you follow the top of the window frame below the mural, the left hand corner of the frame is closer to the bottom of the mural than on the right side.

        • I think the new owners plan to eliminate that window with the renovation that they’re doing. Maybe they used a level, or just followed the brick? Not sure, but it shouldn’t be so obvious once the window is gone.

          • I walk by it every day, and I’ve never noticed it to look crooked, even in relation to the window. So I’m not sure it’s even much of an issue, in real life.

          • I bike past this a lot and have not noticed it looking crooked. That said, it looks a little crooked in the picture. It must be an optical illusion of some sort? The edges clearly line up with the bricks.

  • I think I love it!

  • Let’s go with “Shaw is dead.”

  • It’s a little cheesy but otherwise totally awesome.

  • Isn’t that the house that used to have the skeleton in the yard?

    I had assumed the imagery was related to that!

  • Damn Yankees!
    thats what it means
    we love the Nats, not the Yankees!

  • Local designer Mick Mier painted the mural. The mural is not meant to be taken literally but to provoke interest (success!). The Property is going to be used as a full time AIr BNB and event space and all furnishings design will be done by Mick Mier (Bar Charley designer) and yes the owners are going to get proper licensing. The owner/developer is Warmington Oppenheim Development. Stay tuned for the opening party, the whole neighborhood is invited.

    • “The mural is not meant to be taken literally.”

      How does one take a mural with no writing literally?

      • lit·er·al·ly
        in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
        “the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle”
        synonyms: exactly, precisely, actually, really, truly; More

    • So is this going to be like that Georgetown party house?

    • ledroittiger

      So it’s a marketing ploy.

  • Ugh, twee’ist bourgeois neighborhood in DC by far.

  • Col Shaw is pushing up daisies. Well done.

  • I thought the timing of this mural was pretty cool, if it’s really supposed to be Colonel Shaw. It, of a Union hero and a proud supporter of black achievement, went up right as the country was in the heat of the debate over whether the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (“Confederate Flag”) and images of Confederate leaders should be taken down. To me, it felt like a cool response that didn’t need any words alongside it. Long live Shaw!

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