“World class design mixed with historic row buildings and a sleek new modern mid-rise glass building will make up this one-of-a-kind signature Douglas Development project on New York Avenue. The property is an assembly of almost a dozen buildings on a triangle shaped block between New York Avenue, 7th and L Streets in the city’s Mt. Vernon Square adjacent to the Washington Convention Center. Upon completion, the new mega-complex will feature trophy office space and prime retail helping to continue the renaissance of this neighborhood.”
Plan to join in a tour of traditional and contemporary architecture and interior design, and the always warming Wassail Reception at Studio Theatre.
Imagine yourself inside a giant organ. No, not that kind of organ. A pipe organ. Now hold on to that thought. Each year neighbors and visitors have come away delighted by the stunning architecture, unique interior design, world-class art, and the wonderful company of fellow house enthusiasts. And this year won’t be any different. Well, it’s going to be a little different. As part of this year’s tour, The Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes on Massachusetts Avenue at 12th Street NW, a Gothic Revival brick structure completed enough to use by December 1844, will be inviting guests into their new organ loft, and, even into the organ itself. It’s the perfect place to hear the story of how the new organ came to be, after its predecessor fell – thankfully not on a Sunday – into the pews below.
We can’t forget about the houses, of course. The self-guided tour includes eleven properties at nine locations, and yes, as always a Wassail Reception with refreshments, and raffle at the Studio Theatre located at 14th and P Streets NW. (more…)
In celebration of George Washington and the nation’s capital both then and now, the Farmers & Distillers menu showcases cuisines from a variety of influences found all around DC. There is inspiration from neighboring Chinatown with hand-pulled noodles, shaobing (Chinese flatbread) and farmers-style dumplings. You’ll find crispy pork schnitzel recalling the original German immigrants working on DC’s east side; GW loved European cooking techniques, which are being utilized in dishes like Pot au Feu (slow cooked short rib) and Bouillabaisse. Every decision was pulled through the filter of “What would George do?” be it with flavor, plate ware, cooking technique, or design.
Side note: Do you like the way the building turned out:
I thought you might enjoy an interesting new construction project over in Georgetown (intersection of 37th and S street). I am a bit surprised this was all approved given how much bigger the new pop-up is compared to the former building on site.”
Like how it’s turning out? The West/Light website says:
“Conveniently situated at the nexus of Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Downtown, Westlight brings distinguished new condominium residences to Washington DC’s coveted West End.
Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Enrique Norten with focal features by award-winning artist Ingo Maurer – the distinctive cantilevered glass building façade unveils breathtaking residences bathed in natural sunlight with vibrant city views framed through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Here, white-glove service is a hallmark – these illustrious residences pair singular design and privileged perks in a destination location.”