Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

The 100-year-old former Columbia Hospital for Women as it appears today (photo by the author).

The Columbia Hospital for Women and Lying-in Asylum was founded in June 1866 as a “hospital and dispensary for the treatment of diseases peculiar to women, and a lying-in asylum [maternity hospital], in which those unable to pay therefor shall be furnished with board, lodging, medicine, and medical attendance gratuitously.” Located at 25th and M Streets NW, just off of Pennsylvania Avenue, the hospital finally closed its doors in June 2002, ending an eventful 136-year history of serving Washington women from all walks of life.

Hospitals in the 19th century were charitable institutions that supported those who could not afford to have doctors visit them in their homes. Washington at the dawn of the Civil War had virtually none, aside from the recently-founded Saint Elizabeths asylum for the mentally ill in Southeast. Providence Hospital on Capitol Hill, organized by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul (and profiled in Lost Washington, DC), was the first general public hospital, but it took in mostly war-related cases and could accommodate very few D.C. residents. (more…)

23rd and M St, NW

From a press release:

“On Wednesday, May 18, EastBanc, Inc. will host a Topping Out Ceremony to celebrate the last beam of exterior construction placed atop the highly anticipated West End Library Fire Station Project (Square 50) at 23rd and M Streets, NW. EastBanc’s official topping out ceremony for Square 50 is open to the public and is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Square 50 copy
rendering via Eastbanc

EastBanc’s Square 50 development will feature a 15,500-square-foot new, state-of-the-art West End Fire Station, a 54,300-square-foot Affordable Housing building with 55 units at 60 percent AMI or less along with six market-rate residential units and a one level garage with 24 parking spaces. The Square 50 mixed-use complex will also house Squash on Fire — a revolutionary world-class, tournament-ready squash facility with eight courts and a full-service restaurant.


Currently, Squash on Fire is “holding court” and running a full squash curriculum across the street at Equinox Sports Club at 1170 22nd Street, NW. Internationally renowned world-class squash coach Amir Wagih oversees the Squash on Fire program at Equinox and will continue to coach when the official Squash on Fire facility opens. Wagih came to DC after a successful streak as the head coach of Egypt’s National Squash Team. (more…)

2201 L Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2201 L Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“AV August 1. ALL NEW RENOVATIONS! ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED! Glorious SOUTHERN exposure on high floor overlooking L Street! Full 1 BR. Hardwoods throughout! Huge LR/DR area. 14′ x 8′ front hall closet PLUS 5′ x 10′ walk-in!! Full tub/shower. Marble counters, S/S appliances. 4 blks to GWU/Metro, Whole Foods/Dupont; 2 blks to Trader Joe’s. 24 hr.desk ROOFTOP POOL. Bus in front.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,875/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

We are located in a West End townhouse and share an alley with several other houses and apartment buildings. For the past year we have had massive issues with folks dumping their trash and unbroken down boxes in our bins. It’s come to the point where I’ve taken the addresses off the boxes and complained to their apartment buildings but most of the time it appears to be people who have moved out already.

Things hit a new low when someone left a BOX SPRING leaned up against our patio two weeks ago. Who does that? We have contacted the city, apparently someone came to inspect it but said it was no longer there and closed the case, even though we included thorough directions and a photo. We know the trash collectors won’t take it. It’s coming to the point where we may have to hire a junk removal service to pick it up but it would kill me to have to pay to remove someone else’s junk.

Has anyone dealt with this problem? It’s turning me into an insane person.”

2311 M Street, NW

Blast’s website says:


We’re coming in HOT with four days of FREE classes and other surprises!

BLAST is a full-service, boutique fitness studio. We recognize that no two people are the same and that “one-size-fits-all” does not apply to exercise or nutrition, so we offer a trifecta of services customizable for your body and lifestyle to produce sustainable, life-changing results.”



Thanks to a reader for sending. Caffe Aficionado currently has a location in Rosslyn and their website says:

“Caffé Aficionado is a specialty caffe located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, VA. We offer the best in craft coffee, artisanal teas, fresh-squeezed juices, delightful pastries, inspired sandwiches and salads, and our signature Liège waffles.”

You can see their menu here.

2501 M Street, NW

The liquor license placard for the hotly anticipated Nobu has now been posted:

“First class, high quality, full-service “Nobu” restaurant, including a full-service bar, take-out service, and private events. An innovative new style of Japanese cuisine. Live entertainment during private events. Number of seats inside premises is 345. Total Occupancy Load is 370. Summer Garden with 40 seats.”

You can see their NY restaurant’s menu here.