Thanks to a neighbor for sending:
“That’s quite a piece of copper for a finial. The owner reports its a historical recreation of the original finial that was on the house since 1880. (more…)
This new building on the corner of Sherman around Lamont has been taking months to go up, but it somehow keeps getting uglier and uglier. Who approved this monstrosity?”
“The new headquarters will be built over an operating pump station in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood. With 151,300 gross square feet, it will house approximately 350 employees and will allow DC Water to consolidate its administrative offices in a single location. Construction began in 2016 and is expected to be completed in early 2018.”
It was a cloudy day and I’m sure would be more mind blowing with blue skies but I dig it.
There’s a whole block of Yuma Street near UDC that it looks like it came straight out of the Brady Bunch set. Most of the houses look like the example above. Check out the cool renovation of one of these:
We’ll revisit when it’s finished. In the meantime – think it’ll be a nice transformation or too early to tell?
Thanks to Jeff for sending from Sherman Avenue. Updates as construction progresses.
1st and L Street, NE
Back in March Bisnow reported:
“Douglas Development has acquired the St. Phillips Baptist Church in NoMa with plans to turn the building into a synagogue.
The building, at 1001 North Capitol St. NE, sits next to the John and Jill Ker Conway Residences, an architecturally striking building that recently delivered with 124 micro-units for homeless and disabled veterans.”
1700 block of New Jersey Ave, NW
Our very own “leaning tower” looking good all things considered:
pre-pop via google
Thanks to Edward for sending:
“I was a little worried about 716 Jackson St NE in Edgewood back in April (middle photo) but looks pretty okay.”
Not bad at all: (more…)
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.
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…)