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Say Goodbye to the Odd Brick Building on 14th St. in Logan Circle

by Prince Of Petworth December 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm 28 Comments


1728 14th St, NW

Every year someone writes in asking about this odd looking building on 14th St, NW south of S Street. At one point, a commenter previously said, this building was home to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.  At another time I heard the retail space might become an Urban Outfitters but that never panned out.  Well, it’s gonna get a huge makeover soon. In Oct. DCMud reported:

Plans for the site include the adaptive re-use of the warehouse building, built in 1988, and the new design includes four floors with 28,000 square feet of retail and office space. Of the many developments slated for 14th Street, this is one of the few office concepts (Furioso’s project being the other). Clarkson, who provided an up-to-date rendering to DCMud on Thursday, said Perseus expects to begin construction on the project in February 2013 with a 12-month construction time.

  • Anonymous

    It’s so funny that there are bars on those tiny windows. Then again, this being DC, I wouldn’t put it past someone to toss their baby through there to try and steal something.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous…I’ve always believed that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it. If DC troubles you so much there are a million other places to live.

      • LOL.

        *insert “Can’t tell if serious” meme here*

      • JusjasWashington

        Thank you!

      • Anonymous

        You must be new here, because you’ve clearly not had your DVD player stolen by a baby who was tossed through a tiny window in your house.

    • If I remember correctly from my visit to Dr. Johnson’s House in London, the transom windows above the house’s front door have iron bars/spikes behind them for this very reason.

      • Apparently adult thieves at the time would hoist an urchin up to break in through the transom and open the front door from inside.

        • Anonymous

          With the brazenness and vast number of burglars in this city, it wouldn’t surprise me if this is the very reason there are bars on these little windows.

        • “Urchin” vs. “Spawn” – always a dilemma as to which word I will use when referring to disrespectful, loud, un-socialized children.

          • “Spawn” seems way more pejorative to me. “Urchin” connotes “child living on the streets.” I guess it’s not usually a positive designation, but wouldn’t the Artful Dodger et al. in “Oliver Twist” be described as “lovable urchins”?

          • “Urchin,” per Merriam-Webster: “a mischievous and often poor and raggedly clothed youngster.”

          • Excellent etymological analysis, TD. I stand corrected 🙂

          • Anonymous

            It doesn’t matter what term you use around here, you’re sure to be called a racist for it!

  • bb

    $4.8 Million for that building. It makes sense in terms of the development potential for the site, but looking at the ugly building that’s there now it seems kind of bizarre.

    Also, I love that it was home to a union of bricklayers. As if they had to incorporate the largest number of bricks into the facade to drive home the point.

    • Yeah, the Bricklayers got a really good price. Not sure how the developers are going to justify the economics of the place. Rents on this office building will need to be $$$$.

  • I really hope a small plates concept or new American concept restaurant opens up there

    • Prince Of Petworth

      You forgot locally sourced!

      • “This is our locally sourced, organic pho tasting plate. It consists of 3 different spoonfuls of pho, at the cost of $8 per spoon.”

        • The Dude

          What?! No “food fusion”?!

          No dice for the Dude.

      • And “artisanal.”

      • Stavros

        Farm to table.

      • Anonymous

        Sustainable!

      • Anonymous

        Molecular gastronomy!

  • I think this used to be the headquarters of the old Kozmo.com failed delivery service.

    • Kozmo.com remains one of the best .com non-sustainable business. Living Social pales in comparison.

  • iaom

    Back in the ’80s this was the empty lot of Artcraft Neon Sign, where you could go and watch the cool old neon signs (which were seriously out of fashion then) rusting away in the elements. Here’s a photo from 1986 of a sign people would probably pay big bucks to be able to restore today.

    This crummy looking building, like the T Street post office/carpet store building that was torn down earlier this year, was one of the temporary placeholder buildings tossed up at the time to fill in the gaps in 14th Street while the city waited around for something better to come along. The opening of that post office and carpet store building in 1987 was actually a big deal at the time, getting people all excited because it was the first new retail development on 14th since the ’68 riots.

    • eyelessingaza

      thank you for posting the only interesting comment so far….

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