“Dear PoPville,

What is the mysterious structure that they are currently building on the 625 T street, NW lot (facing the Howard Theatre) ? a few days ago, they fenced the lot and brought wood – some painted green and a few people are working on building something: since then they have been working on a mysterious structure.”

and @AlexMurray1 tweets us the photo below:

“@PoPville any ideas what they are building in front of Howard theater? I thought it was going to be a small park?”

Anyone know if this anyway related to the possible HR-57 development or more of a temporary unrelated pop up?



“Dear PoPville,

I have a mystery for the residents of D.C.

Currently, The now closed Latham Hotel and its adjoining restaurant, Michel Richard’s Citronelle, are liquidating all of their assets (they will be doing so for the next 3 weeks).
The location is in Georgetown and I think people will find the sale interesting. As they unload a hotel’s worth of items, some curious things are going up for sale. Amongst the silverware, artwork, furniture, and statuary there was this:

A 300 pound bronze-cast plaque.

It is being sold-off…One of the ladies suggested purchasing it for its scrap value…Still no one knows who the image depicts.
Aside from what is seen here, there are no maker’s marks at all on the front or the back. Can anyone identify this person?”

Ed. Note: Obviously, free PoPville t-shirt for the first one to get the identity right.

Latham Hotel at 3000 M Street, NW


“Dear PoPville,

I was sitting on my girlfriend’s balcony this morning on Clifton Street when a random rental truck pulled up with a man-lift in tow behind it. It was a big rental moving truck from Penske and the lift also seemed to be from a heavy equipment rental service. Two guys in plain work clothes jumped out and used the lift to go up to the city street light. Initially I thought they were contractors changing a bulb, but instead they attached this bizarre device to the top of the street light. It looks to be some kind of transmitter/receiver, but it seemed odd to me that if this was a sanctioned city job that the guys were not in a public works truck or uniform of some sort. They worked pretty fast- were on the move again in about 10 minutes (seems to efficient to be government- hah!). Do you have any idea what this device is?

It is a bit unnerving that anyone who wants to rent a truck and a lift could attach some kind of receiver to a street light and go mostly unnoticed. Someone with malicious intent and the correct know how could be intercepting calls/texts/emails or wifi signals in the neighborhood with something like this and no one would be the wiser.”

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Another reader sends an interesting sight also from Q Street in Logan:

“I somehow have never noticed these breezeways between the row houses on Q street before. You always seem to have the answers to odd architectural finds around town, any idea what the story is behind these?”

I always seem to have the questions not the answers :) I actually have posted this same question in the past but I have no idea what the answer was and can’t seem to find it in the archives. Anyone remember?

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