Archive for January 9, 2009

The Hay-Adams: A Haunted History

Posted in Downtown, Hotels on January 9, 2009 by Kent

Continuing to focus on President-Elect Obama’s current home until the 15th, we highlight some of the Hay-Adams history and lore. As the hotel enjoys an excellent location with a close proximity to the White House and  many attractions it is easy to see why the Obama’s chose it as their temporary residence. Yet, there are those that claim the fourth floor is haunted by Clover Adams, an artistic and gifted photographer who lived in the original structure on the site . She took her life in 1885, by ingesting a chemical she used for developing photographs. Click here for the rest of the story.

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Apartment Code Violations Priority for City

Posted in Commuity News & Events on January 9, 2009 by Kent

Nothing could please me more than the City’s plan to place the City’s 4,800 apartment buildings on a four-year inspection cycle, and escalating properties with code violations to a two-year cycle of inspection. I still fear, though, that many properties are going to fall between the cracks. There are just too many properties for the City to keep track of all of them. The City already has Steps to Report a Suspected Housing Code Violation, but from what I see, its primarily worded for tenants to report problems with landlords. My chief concern is that there are many structures, like one I’m aware of on my street, where a single family home has been chopped into four units. Its clear that the building didn’t appropriately get subdivided, as the power boxes on the back of the building never got the individual meters that the boxes are set up to accept. The City also picks up the trash with the residential pickup, which is inappropriate for a building of that occupancy level. I also know that the building is in violation because it has too many kitchens for a building that doesn’t have a fire suppression system. Lastly, the house in question also doesn’t have appropirate fire exits for the people living there (I happen to know that the roof hatch has been roofed over — good luck getting out that way). I know that many structures like this exist in the City … So … will they be included in the City’s desire to crack down on code violations? I suspect not, and don’t know if there is a mechanism in place to report these infractions.

The Powhatan

Posted in Hotels, People on January 9, 2009 by Kent

Doorman at the Powhatan ca. 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

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International Motorcycle Show

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Motorcycles on January 9, 2009 by Kent

The International Motorcycle Show at the Washington Convention Center showcases the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, ATVs, personal watercraft and motorcycle apparel. The family friendly event includes a Stunt Show, prize giveaways and celebrity appearances. The show opens today and runs through January 11th.

DC Big Flea

Posted in Antiques Shows, Auctions, & Flea Markets on January 9, 2009 by Kent

The first Big Flea of the year is this weekend. Doors open on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. More information can be found here.

This Date in History

Posted in January on January 9, 2009 by Kent

January 9, 1861: The Star of the West, a civilian merchant ship, was fired upon as it attempted to bring supplies to Fort Sumter, located in the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina. firing-on-star-of-west