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Dear PoPville – Anyone Know About these Statues?

by Prince Of Petworth July 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm 23 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

I am hoping you or your readers might be able to clear up a mystery for me. I was hanging out on a friend’s roofdeck in north Dupont/ Kalorama recently and noticed these odd statues on a neighboring building. They’re a little blurry, but you get the idea. WHAT ARE THEY?! Giant-headed aliens? Gargoyle-devils ready to throw boulders on threatening-looking pedestrians? There’s got to be a story behind them!

I can’t remember the name of the building, but the address is 2120 Connecticut Ave, NW.”

Hmm we once judged this building back in Aug. ’08 but I don’t think we ever solved the mystery about these statues. Anyone know the deal?

  • mer

    no idea. but i love them. and the building.

  • LibrariNerd

    Don’t blink.

    • mer


      very nice.

    • elcal


  • Sally Sparrow, beware the weeping angels.

    Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink, and you’re dead.

    • Dammit! I should have actually read the comments – I would have noticed that somebody already beat me to the reference.

  • anon

    Does McCauley Caulkin live there?

  • John

    I used to live in the building across the street. I’m pretty sure they’re satyrs.

  • anon

    I don’t have access to my copy of “Best Addresses” here at the office, but I know these statues are explained there, in the chapter on that building.

  • Egon

    Those are Sumerian idols, the top of the building was designed to open up a portal and unleash Gozer the Gozerian and bring about the destruction of the world.

    • Brian M

      Are you telling me some moldy Babylonian god is going to come down on Conn Ave and start tearing up the city?!

  • Brian Kraft

    The building is known simply as “2101”. Such is its awesomeness. When first advertised in 1928, each apartment had at least 3 baths and 3 exposures. I think it still does. In Best Addresses, Goode says these are “‘guardians’…’threatening’ to toss down a stone boulder on intruders to protect the fortunate residents within.”

    • PetHeights

      +1 to “such is it’s awesomeness”. My new favorite phrase of Summer 2011. In the coming weeks I will slip it into many a conversation.

      • Anon

        If you write your new phrase of the Summer though, be sure to forget the unnecessary apostrophe. You’re trying to be possessive, not trying to say “such as it is awesomeness.” That wouldn’t make any sense.

        • Liv

          Teehee +1

        • Anonymous

          i think’s if’s you using the word’s awesomeness, proper grammer’s a bit irrelevant and besides the pointedness.

    • Anonymous

      i heard they also throw bricks at bikers.

  • anon

    Whatever they are, they both realized they could have had a V-8.

  • Bloomingdalian

    Some clients of mine have an amazing apartment here (over 3K sq feet) and I have close-up pictures of the gargoyles and other gothic creatures that line the roof. It’s truly a spectacular “Gotham”-like building that slips under most people’s radar screen. Apparently the building was built just before “the crash” and the man who financed it lived in it’s penthouse. That’s all I know.

  • Anonymous

    2101 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

    John McCain’s mother lives there.

  • crin

    That’s 2101 Connecticut Ave, built about 1930. The fun thing is that the same architect, 10 years later did 2100 Connecticut, the cool art deco building across the street.


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