Archive for January, 2009

Design Contest for African American History Museum Begins

Posted in Mall (The), Museums on January 30, 2009 by Kent

Today’s Post reports that the National Museum of African American History and Culture yesterday named six award-winning architecture teams that will compete to design its signature building on the Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Complete article here>>


Another Trip to the Forklift

Posted in Renovation and Restoration on January 30, 2009 by Kent

018Last weekend involved another run to Community Forklift. The forklift is a lot like the Brass Knob warehouse or Second Chance up in Baltimore. Sometimes you can find some really cool stuff, and much cheaper than Brass Knob. Of course, you really need to shop at all three if you are looking for just the right item, as salvage is always hit and miss.

So far, I’ve been able to get some great shutters, and its the only place I’ve been able to find trim-work that matches our house.

0161From the last trip, I noticed that they currently have several nice mantles and some great pocket doors.0172 I also noticed this great shutter … a pity its a single, but sometimes all you need is one for a pattern to get started.

This Date in History

Posted in January, Libraries on January 30, 2009 by Kent

January 30, 1815:  The Library of Congress — destroyed when the British burned Washington — was reestablished with Jefferson’s personal library containing 1500 volumes.library-of-congress-jeffersons-library

Jim Graham Voted Chair of WMATA Board

Posted in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Metro, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Pleasant Plains, Shaw on January 29, 2009 by Kent

grahamCouncilmember Jim Graham today was elected chairman of the WMATA board for the second time. Councilmember Graham has been a member of the board since 1999 and previously served as chairman in 2003. He succeeds Christopher Zimmerman of Arlington County, Va.

Eastern Market Update

Posted in Capitol Hill on January 29, 2009 by Kent

This is good news. According to WJLA, construction hours are being extended at Eastern Market in hopes that it will be ready to reopen this summer.

DPW Suspends Trash, Recycling, and Bulk Collections Today

Posted in City Services on January 29, 2009 by Kent

I guess I can’t get away from this topic today. DPW issued the following press release last evening:

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it is suspending trash, recycling and bulk collections today due to the icy conditions.  All collections will be pushed back one day, so residents whose collection day is Wednesday, collections will be made Thursday, Thursday’s collections will be made Friday and Friday’s collections will be made Saturday.  Residents who already put their trash, recycling and bulk items out for collection today, may leave them in place for collection tomorrow.

The District Snow Team (District Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works) has been salting and plowing, where necessary, residential streets since yesterday, but continuing freezing temperatures and precipitation mean icy conditions.  “In our residential neighborhoods, the salt will be more effective once traffic increases and the salt is churned into the ice to break it up,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.

“We urge everyone to travel with caution, whether walking or driving,” he added.

Property owners are asked to spread abrasives, eg, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, on the sidewalks around their property to help pedestrians keep their footing.

Espalier Magnolia

Posted in Plants & Gardening on January 29, 2009 by Kent

I think this Magnolia is on the SE corner of 15th and Corcoran. I didn’t know that a magnolia could be espaliered before I saw this one, and its huge. I need to go back when its in bloom. 0071