Finally Some Action at 14th and G St, NW


“Dear PoPville,

Wasn’t this supposed to be an Armenian Genocide museum? Anything is better than the current vacant building.”

Back in May we learned about plans for the once beautiful former National Bank of Washington building – no longer plans for an Armenian Genocide Museum – next up restaurant and retail.  Updates when construction progresses and more info is released.

14th and G
14th and G St, NW

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  • Linc Park SE

    I can’t recall that building ever being used for anything. When was it last a bank? 1999?

    • I think even before that… it would be nice to see some of the last vestiges of downtown blight finally rehabbed. I won’t hold my breath though…

    • Prince Of Petworth

      From the Streets of Washington post: “In the late 1980s, the D.C. Preservation League began a successful campaign to have the beautiful building named an historic landmark. At the hearing held before the Historic Preservation Review Board in June 1990, NBW vice president David George testified that his company had no objection to the historic designation of either the interior or the exterior, although he noted that the bank intended to get rid of the ground floor retail tenants and use that space for its own banking needs. Further, the bank might want at a future date to build additional floors on top of the structure, as the building was designed to accommodate such future expansion. —But none of this really mattered. Less than two months later, the federal government seized control of NBW, declaring it insolvent, and sold its assets to the Riggs National Bank. Riggs declined to use the old building for any of its own operations, beginning its long period of dormancy.”

    • jburka

      PoP, of course, has the definitive response. But when I started my career after grad school, 20 years ago, my first contract was across 14th Street, in the Bond Building. Even by 1996, the building was looking decrepit and derelict.

  • Loving the 10 story addition mistake. Hahahahaha….

  • I noticed a “Vacant Building” sign on the door today though – dated August 31, 2016…so who knows.

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