Archive for April 3, 2009

Then and Now: Reservation 151

Posted in Dupont Circle, Monuments and Memorials on April 3, 2009 by Kent

ri-ave-m-st-nw-nuns-memorial-1927Then: Reservation 151 at the intersection of M Street and Rhode Island Ave., NW, just east of Connecticut. Photographed on June 8, 1927, this area was still a residential neighborhood. In the reserve is the Nuns of the Battlefield Memorial, which had been erected three years before.

reserve-no-151Now: The memorial is still there, but the rest of the neighborhood has a distinctly commercial bent. If you’d like to learn a little more about the memorial, of see more images of it, you can go to this post.

Police Call Boxes as Art

Posted in 16th Street Heights, Random Observations on April 3, 2009 by Kent

Police Call box as artHere’s another former police call box that’s been artistically transformed. There are several like this in Crestwood, but to date, this is the only one I know of in 16th Street Heights. I found it at the intersection fo Webster and 14th Street.

I’m really not sure if Kahn is the artist or not, but would like to know if there are any more like this around.Webster closeup 1Webster closeup 2

National Trust Selling 1785 Massachusetts Ave. Property

Posted in Dupont Circle, Real Estate on April 3, 2009 by Kent

national-trust-for-historic-preservationAccording to an article in the Washington Business Journal, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will put its own historic building at Massachusetts Ave & 18th Street on the market this month. Its been located in the former McCormick Apartments since 1976.

While a list price has not yet been announced, the Trust’s broker, Jeff Zell, has stated the property is “priceless.”

Smile for Friday

Posted in Capitol Hill, Random Observations on April 3, 2009 by Kent

Here’s a question I have for you. If you owned a Porche, would you spend the money painting your garage door letting everyone who saw your garage know you owned a Porche?

That aside, you don’t often find a tromp l’oeil garage door.tromp l'oeil

Districts Anacostia Streetcar Project Hitting Delays

Posted in Anacostia, Street Cars on April 3, 2009 by Kent

anacostia-streetcar-fundingThe Post reported yesterday that the streetcar project is running behind schedule, pushing plans to run a red-and-gray trolley in Anacostia from late this year to sometime in 2012. The project is among several streetcar and light-rail systems planned for the Washington region.

I’m particularly keen to see this project get underway, as future expansion includes H Street and Georgia Ave. — all areas that would greatly benefit from this service.

The recent delays seem to be due to route changes and the permitting process. Neither are enough to threaten the streetcar’s eventual completion.

Fleming Jeffries @ Washington Printmakers Gallery

Posted in Dupont Circle, Prints on April 3, 2009 by Kent

fleming-jeffriesThe Washington Printmakers Gallery hosts Fleming Jeffries’ opening tonight from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibit of Jeffries’ works on paper began on March 31st, and runs through April 26th.

For more information on the Washington Printmakers Gallery or to see other works by the artist, go here>>

Weekend Traffic Advisory

Posted in Festivals, Uncategorized on April 3, 2009 by Kent

cherry-blossomsDue to the National Cherry Blossom Parade and the Japanese Street Festival, the following Traffic Advisory has been issued. From the looks of things, I’d advise you make your life easier and rely on Metro as much as possible. Cars and Cherry Blossoms don’t mix.

***TRAFFIC ADVISORY***

National Cherry Blossom Parade and Japanese Street Festival This Weekend

Street Closings and Parking Restrictions

Heavy Pedestrian Traffic Anticipated, Visitors Encouraged to Take Metro

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, parking restrictions and street closings will be in effect to facilitate the National Cherry Blossom Parade and the Japanese Street Festival in downtown DC. Continue reading

This Date in History

Posted in April, People on April 3, 2009 by Kent

April 3, 1901: Gen. Harry B. Carrington, of Hyde Park, Mass., soldier and historian, was a caller at the White House. Gen. Carrington was seventy-eight years of age, and retired from the regular army in the 1870’s because of severe wounds received in an Indian campaign. He was adjutant general of Ohio from 1857 to 1861, and while serving in that capacity made out and signed the volunteer commissions of both ex-Presidents Hayes and Garfield.general-harry-b-carrington

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