Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.
(photo by the author)
The powerful and influential Mary Foote Henderson, whom we’ve previously profiled, commissioned an impressive collection of palatial houses on Meridian Hill in the early years of the 20th century. One of the most prominent of these is the imposing Beaux-Arts mansion at the corner of 16th Street and Kalorama Road NW, which originally served as the French Embassy when it was completed in 1907. This well-preserved building, now home to the Council for Professional Recognition, is a striking expression of Henderson’s vision of Washington as an elegant equal to Paris, with Sixteenth Street its Champs-Élysées. (more…)
2423 18 Street, NW
Last week we saw the beginning and learned it was the “iron work from the old Blackie’s House of Beef.” Even more iron work now revealed. And I’m dying to know if something is coming. STAY TUNED.
I’ve been meaning to kick off this series but keep forgetting about it. God bless the week between Christmas and New Years which seems to move at a glacial pace. So for fellow D.C. restaurant/history nerds – have I got a treat for you! My in-laws rock and got me an amazing birthday gift a couple years ago – a mounted set up of all their old D.C. restaurant matchboxes (they moved to the area in the mid-60s and are avid restaurant goers.)
Obviously we must start this series with the legendary Duke Zeibert’s.
From Trust for the National Mall:
“The Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service relocated the Lockkeeper’s House, the oldest structure on the National Mall, as part of a major restoration project that will transform the historic structure into a new educational site on the National Mall. Learn more and donate at www.nationalmall.org/lockkeeper”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
From a press release:
“Washington National Cathedral will join churches across the country as it rings the Bourdon (funeral) Bell on Tuesday, October 3, in memory of those killed last night in Las Vegas. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington, will be joined by local and national religious leaders representing many faiths. Their message is to take a moment for prayer while also urging a national conversation to end gun violence. (more…)
Connecticut Ave between Van Ness and Upton St, NW.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley
Thanks to Jeanne for passing on:
“Read this interesting bit of dc history your readers may find interesting.”
From Atlas Obscura:
“The 160-foot-tall, 12-story Cairo building opened in 1894 and immediately dwarfed the surrounding neighborhood, inciting an uproar and eventually leading to the height limit.
Unlike cities like New York and Chicago that were pressed for downtown real estate, critics argued that there was no reason for such a massive building in sleepy Washington.
The Commissioners of the District of Columbia were soon inundated with complaints that reflected fears of depreciated property values and even natural disasters. Not only would the massive Cairo shut out light and air, but its upper stories stood beyond the reach of D.C. fire engines. Some predicted a calamitous fire that could send bricks and debris raining down on neighboring properties.”
For those unfamiliar it’s worth reading the whole story here. Change some words around and this could easily reflect a “Dear PoPville” or two from today…
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
At approximately 11:17 pm, a Piaggio scooter was eastbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast in the far left lane of travel. The operator of a Volkswagen Touareg was also traveling eastbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast in the far right lane. The driver of the Touareg attempted to make a U-turn from the far right late to go westbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast. As the Touareg crossed the left lane of travel, the scooter struck the driver’s side rear of the Touareg. Directly following the crash, the driver of the Touareg stopped his vehicle and, along with other witnesses, attempted to assist the operator of the scooter. DC Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and transported the operator of the scooter to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as 39 year-old Cassidy Karakorn, of Northeast, DC.
The case is currently under investigation by the Major Crash Investigations Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case should call 202-727-9099.”
From the Human Rights Campaign:
“The HRC Family is mourning the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Cassidy Karakorn. Over her 17-year career at the Human Rights Campaign, Cassidy tirelessly championed civil rights for the LGBTQ community. As Director of Consumer Marketing, Cassidy’s eye for fashion and art made a transformative impact on HRC and helped us reach more people than ever before. Her work was often deeply and profoundly moving; this past June, she worked with renowned artist Meghan Geckler to bring to life an eight story public art installation remembering the 49 lives taken in the Pulse Nightclub shooting and other victims of hate violence. (more…)
Gregory Gabriel Kavadias via Facebook
My husband and I didn’t see this covered on your blog but thought it should be since the Greek Spot has been such an institution/go-to for numerous years in the U street area.
We were pretty taken aback/saddened by the news of Gregory Gabriel Kavadias‘ passing, when we got takeout from greek spot tonite for first time in a few months. They had a sign up honoring the life of Gregory. I remember him from the very beginnings of their opening. Beyond being the purveyor of some delicious food, he was always super personable and it was nice to chat with him about various happenings, from food to family to music. (more…)