Archive for the Art & Architecture Category
The block where the National Archives is located, bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Ave, 7th Street, and 9th Street, NW, was once the location of Center Market. Designed by Adolph Cluss, it was built in 1871. It was expanded in the 1880s with large wings also designed by Cluss.
A couple of items that peaked my intereste yesterday were the announcement that the D.C. Council has lifted a $19 cap on taxicab rides that start and end in the District and the feature on Fire House 10 on NPR.
According to WJLA, the cap was intended to protect residents east of the Anacostia River because of the distance Taxis would have to travel, but available information indicates that the $19 limit is rarely ever reached. Jim Graham, ever in the thick of it, was credited with calling the cap “artificial, arbitrary and unfair.”
NPR’s story, House of Pain: The Busiest Fire Station in D.C., features Engine Company 10 in the Trinidad neighborhood. Despite it responding to about 6,500 calls a year, it is the station that many of the city’s fire fighters hope to get the opportunity to work at.
You can visit the Station’s Website to learn more about the amazing job these folks do.
… the Art on Call project, created by Cultural Tourism D.C., has turned 122 of the 1860s-era fire and police call boxes into public pedestals for local art and quirky history markers. More are coming this summer, even as the project, funded by the city’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is losing its original leadership, far short of the more than a thousand call boxes that still dot city streets.
You can read the entire article here>>
While still in the very early stages, I wanted to show that the murals at the Park View Rec Center are under way. The murals are being created by Park View youth in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center. You can read more about the murals from my earlier post.
The following email was distributed on the Georgia Avenue Listserv yesterday, and with school nearly upon us, it struck me as being critical that the word get out. If you are in a situation where you can help that would be great.
The Central Union Mission is currently planning for our back-to-school program, Operation Backpack, in which we provide backpacks and school supplies to children from low-income families in the DC Metro area. This program will only be successful with your help. By becoming a sponsor you will ensure that a child starts the school year off with the supplies they will need to lead them to success. Hurry, there’s only 10 days left and we still have over 100 children without a sponsor! If you, your business/organization or church would like more information about how to get involved, please contact Ben Doggett at email@example.com, or 202-745-7118. Thank you for you help!