From an email:

“This art installation is down the narrow Stronghold alley, overlooking the Glenwood cemetery (Micro Showcase, 21 Evarts St NE). Signs of Regret.”

If we were walking down a street that ends with our lives, what are the road signs we might wish to heed as we travel? –Brian Levy

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.” She recorded their dying epiphanies in a book, Five Regrets of the Dying.

Installed at the Micro Showcase, overlooking the Glenwood Cemetery, in September 2016


43 Girard Street Northeast

This house is located at 43 Girard Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Charming, beautifully maintained, classic DC rowhome. This home features hardwood floors, exposed brick, crown molding, and rental basement. Spacious kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and kitchen island. Fully open first floor living and dining space. Great bus lines and off-street parking. Great location within minutes of Bloomingdale~s restaurants.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $724,900.


Yesterday we learned about the new shipping container garage in Brookland. Turns out it’s a lot more than a garage and it’s in Stronghold – Boombox DC:

“Boombox DC is a private effort among friends and neighbors to create and then use an inspired artist/studio space, and we would like to share the concept with others.

It is not a profit-making venture and thus we will not offer services or rent out space, but would love for you to come by and see it once it’s up.

Boombox DC will be built out of two used 45-foot High Cube Shipping Containers that will be merged together lengthwise, then divided up between a 20 foot garage and a 25 foot artist studio.

The structure and use fully complies will all DC Zoning regulations for a “Garage/Artist Studio” and we have valid and comprehensive DCRA building permits fully approved. Everything about this is legit. There will be no business activity on the site.

We hope to be done by the end of the summer and once the fence is back up and the landscaping is done we hope many will be more pleased with the design.”


If you have a photo of a neat find from your house please send an email to princeofpetworth(at) thanks.

Thanks to a reader for sending the second neat find from Stronghold:

“We found this bottle of whiskey in a wall when we renovated the kitchen in our house. The house was built in the early 1900s, 1918 I think, although we also found a newspaper dated 1911. Unfortunately, the bottle was empty”

The reader did a little digging and found:

” Kinsey, as best as I can tell was a whiskey distillery located in Linfield, PA. It had a long, complicated and at times confusing history that goes back to 1891 when it was founded by the 33 year-old Jacob G. Kinsey, includes a dark period during Prohibition, and concludes in 1979 when the bottling line shut down for the last time.”



A reader shares from the Stronghold Listserv:

“Just wanted to provide you with an honest, sad update on the tiny house collective in the Stronghold alley. Over the past few years, tensions have risen as the owner of the widest house, and the lot has become increasingly aggressive toward us and the Stronghold neighborhood—repeatedly calling the cops on our neighbors with dogs, throwing a 2×6 in the alley to stop kids on scooters, criminally drilling into the streetlight and cutting the power to the lamp directly over the lot, reneging on our promises of a community garden, putting up “no trespassing” signs all along the property. Last month, Brian forcefully evicted Lee (the orange house) and then stalked her to her new location; this month, he has turned his rage on me.

He’s already cut power to the lot once and locked me inside, and as I’m writing this, he has taken the fence off behind my house (the black house) and threatened to have it towed away to parts unknown. So I’m writing for two reasons: first, because if I am pushed off the lot before getting a chance to say goodbye to some of you in person, I want to apologize for any grief this project has caused you, and to let you know that those of us who have left never wanted any part in the actions Brian has taken and will continue to take against you. I’m sorry.

The second reason I’m writing is to ask that if you happen to see a truck attempting to tow my house away, please call 911 immediately to report a theft in progress—Brian does not have legal permission to move the house. And if you see Brian behaving erratically or lurking around other streetlights along the stretch of alley, please don’t hesitate to report it to the authorities.

My sincerest apologies for anyone who has been negatively impacted by all this,

10 Girard Street Northeast

This rental is located at 10 Girard Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Completely new apartment with ALL utilities, WiFi, & Cable included. Be the first to live in this chic, modern 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of DC. Granite counters, central a/c, in-unit washer/dryer, custom tile & more. Easy access to public transportation, across for McMillan Reservoir, near Catholic Univ., Brookland & Bloomingdale & the medical campus of Children’s, WHC, NRC & VA hospitals.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $1,800/Mo.