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16th and I Street, NW

Washington Business Journal updates the Third Church of Christ saga:

“All that’s left to do is to knock the old building down.

In its place, JBG and ICG Properties will construct a 141,026-square-foot commercial building — 125,190 square feet of office, 4,098 square feet of retail and 11,738 square feet of religious space — designed by Robert A.M Stern Associates.”

They say Miller & Chevalier law firm will be the anchor tenant. We judged the 1971 designed building here. Will anyone miss it?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

Thanks to a reader for sending Bishop Mariann Opens the Garden for Weddings during Shutdown:

“The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, offers the Bishop’s Garden on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral to couples whose outdoor weddings on federal property in Washington D. C. are threatened due to the federal government shutdown.

“The shutdown’s impact on people’s lives is incalculable, and we’re all struggling to find ways to support our neighbors,” said Bishop Budde. “As one modest gesture, we invite those whose outdoor wedding plans were unexpectedly changed to consider the Bishop’s Garden as an alternate site, and we offer it to them free of charge.”

For more information, please call Ms. Cheryl Wilburn in the Bishop’s office by calling 202-537-6543.”

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Photo via St. Patrick Catholic Church

From DDOT:

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about scheduled street closures for the Blue Mass event that is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

G Street, NW from 9th Street to 11th Street, NW
G Place, NW from 9th Street to 10th Street, NW
10th Street, NW from H Street to F Street, NW

From St. Patrick Catholic Church:

All parishioners and friends of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church are cordially invited to join hundreds of first responders from around the country at St. Patrick’s 19th Annual Blue Mass. Held each year at the beginning of National Police Week, we pray for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen, and support those who serve. Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend.

Before Mass, hundreds of law enforcement officers and public safety officials gather outside for the solemn processional into St. Patrick’s. Units from federal, state, and local jurisidictions gather in formation to pass under a huge American flag proudly hung over the street by two fire ladder trucks. Also gathered outside are officers on horseback, as well as pipe and drum corps units.

Inside the church, the principal celebrant and homilist for the 2013 Mass will be His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. The Mass includes an honor guard, bagpipers, and the solemn playing of “Taps” in memory of those who gave their lives in the past year.


Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

From a press release:

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, has announced that, effective immediately, same-sex weddings may be celebrated at the Cathedral.

“Washington National Cathedral has a long history of advancing equality for people of all faiths and perspectives,” said Hall. “The Cathedral is called to serve as a gathering place for the nation in times of significance, but it is also rooted in its role as the most visible faith community within the Episcopal Church. For more than 30 years, the Episcopal Church has prayed and studied to discern the evidence of God’s blessing in the lives of same-sex couples. It is now only fitting that the National Cathedral follow suit. We enthusiastically affirm each person as a beloved child of God—and doing so means including the full participation of gays and lesbians in the life of this spiritual home for the nation.”

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611 Maryland Avenue, NE

The beautiful church at the corner of 6th and Maryland Ave, NE is for sale.

The listing says:

“Rarely available large 1890′s stone Church located in Historic Capitol Hill at Stanton Square just 4 blocks from Union Station. Price includes an attached and connecting 4 story Federal Townhouse. Seating for 450+ iincluding ground level hall (w/commercial kitchen). Beautiful altar, balcony, and stain glass windows only steps from the United States Capitol.”

It’s yours for $5,800,000.