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by Prince Of Petworth May 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm 13 Comments

Ed. Note: I love stuff like this, truly. I also drink high ABV beers so there may be a bit of a correlation there. But seriously, don’t ever hesitate to email me at [email protected] with your finds. Thanks to Tom Hershenson for sending and explaining these great details.

“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to share three recently spotted examples of the unusual (and even whimsical) in DC masonry bonds:

“Roman” bond on Biltmore St. NW — note how, on one row (a “course”) of brick, the horizontal lines between the bricks, rather than intersecting with the middle of the bricks of the courses immediately above and below, intersect the bricks above/below at a third of a way along the brick. Also, look how much longer these bricks are compared to red ones:

“English Cross” bond on Ordway St. NW — while most of the courses are bricks laid end-to-end (so-called stretchers) to form a “running” bond, notice how the second course from the top alternates a stretcher then a header (a brick turned 90 degrees from the stretcher orientation, so that its end faces out). That sequence occurs again at the 8th course from the top…and again in the (somewhat obscured) 14th row. All the headers in all the courses should line up vertically; alas only the 2nd and 8th rows do, with the 14th slightly misaligned: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm 26 Comments

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All renderings courtesy Events DC by by Design Architect OMA

From a press release:

“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, presented initial concepts for exterior streetscape plans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to the community on Thursday evening. The concepts will reactivate the exterior perimeter of the 2.3 million square foot Convention Center and better connect the building to the surrounding Shaw neighborhood. The Project Team is led by Design Architect OMA, working together with BBB (Executive Architect), OLIN (Landscape Architect) and Dharam (Cost Consultant).

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Ed. Note: Is GCDC (Grilled Cheese) coming to the Convention Center?!?!

The streetscape plans will transform the façade of the Convention Center through lighting, signage, canopies and furniture, as well as activate and enrich the sidewalks and enhance the exterior streetscape along 9th, N and 7th Street. Not only will the proposed plans provide added value to Convention Center clients and their attendees, but the project will create a greater sense of place for the revitalized Shaw community. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm 103 Comments

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385 Water Street, SE

“From the team behind Brooklyn Winery, District Winery will produce small batch artisanal wines on site. This new space will also offer a restaurant featuring refined cuisine and a full service private event venue ideal for elegant weddings, corporate gatherings, and other celebrations. Coming 2017 to The Yards.”

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View from Yards Park:

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Back in 2015:

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by Prince Of Petworth February 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm 6 Comments

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The jealousy I feel whenever I pass this deck is excruciating. I mean, I’m happy for the owners and all but there’s just so much envy. Then I feel bad about coveting it. Anyway, beautiful beautiful deck.

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