• Anonymous

    I was wondering what was happening with this building. It’s been sitting around for a long time. Seems like they are moving quickly, once the work started.

  • I really enjoy this series. DC has a come a long way.

  • Anonymous

    good riddance!

    • Anonymous

      +1 Who would ever do that to a building?? It’s as nonsensical as covering up beautiful hardwood floors with carpet. Just boggles the mind….

      • saf

        When we bought our house, every floor was carpeted (hardwood underneath), every ceiling was covered in acoustic tile (plaster underneath), and every wall was paneled (plaster underneath).

        It was astounding.

        • Anonymous

          I agree that carpet over hardwood is a tragedy. Unless you’ve just bought a house where the beautiful hardwood floors have been protected by that nasty carpet!

          • saf

            No, the carpet was old and the padding had to be chipped off the floor. It was vile.

        • Anonymous

          Ours, too. But the hardwood floors, once refinished, were gorgeous. The walls, covered in liquid-nail blotches, not so much…

          • saf

            Once refinished, indeed. Took a while to get to that point!

            Yeah, the walls and the ceilings needed work once they were uncovered.

  • Alan

    They’re taking off right? Thank god, that stuff is hideous.

    • Alan

      Er “taking IT off” that is

  • ClevelandDave

    Formstone looks ugly to us now, but given what was underneath, when they put this stuff on maybe 75 or 100 years ago it was an improvement… “modern”… and you must admit for 100 or so years old the formstone has held up well…

    • I don’t think it was a case of what was underneath looking bad; it was just that there was a formstone fad.

      Kind of like the 1960s and vertical wood paneling.

  • Wayne

    With the three-bay design of this building, I almost think keeping the center bay Formstone would be an interesting homage to what is certainly part of DC’s architectural history.

  • bb

    There is no convincing argument in favor of formstone. It looks awful, period.

  • Sigh. Too beautiful for this world.

  • Gawd, formstone is hideous.

  • Sir Douchy

    Formstone originated in Baltimore and is actually a brand name belonging to a Baltimore based company. The director John Waters once referred to it as the polyester of brick. It really doesn’t belong in DC so I’m happy to see it removed or at least covered over with brick.

    • indc

      This is an interesting factoid!

    • jcm

      Also, Barry Levinson originally wrote Tin Men to be about formstone salesmen. They changed it to aluminum siding because formstone was virtually unknown outside of Baltimore.


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