Archive for February 14, 2009

Lost Washington: Agriculture Department Building

Posted in Cluss, Adolph (1825-1905), Government Buildings, Lost Washington, Mall (The), Second Empire on February 14, 2009 by Kent

Agriculture Department BuildingThe original Agriculture Department Building to be located at the corner of 14th and Independence Streets, SW, was designed by Adolph Cluss and built in 1868.

The building was 170 feet long by 61 feet deep and consisted of a finished basement, three full stories, and Mansard roof. The first floor contained a museum of walnut display cabinet containing specimens of agricultural produce, sees, and plants. agriculture-building

Many aspects of the building incorporated elements used by James Renwick Jr.’s Corcoran Gallery (present Renwick Gallery) which had been completed eight years earlier. Both buildings used red brick with brownstone trim, flatsided mansard roofs, and applied surface decoration.

view-from-agriculture-buildingIn addition to the building, it was noted for  its extensive formal gardens that extended northward to the present Constitution Avenue. These were the creation of William Saunders (1822-1900).

The current Department of Agriculture building, which was begun in 1904, was build around the original building, and was not completed until this building was razed in 1930.

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Mount Pleasant at a Glance

Posted in Mount Pleasant, Real Estate on February 14, 2009 by Kent

Mount Pleasant was featured in the Washington Post back on January 26, 2008. If you missed it, you may want to check out the article A Colorful Haven for Artists and Activists. The Post summarized the neighborhood in the following manner.

BOUNDARIES: Piney Branch Park to the north, Harvard Street to the south, Rock Creek Park to the west and 16th Street to the east

Mount Pleasant was featured in the Washington Post back on January 26, 2008. If you missed it, you may want to check out the article A Colorful Haven for Artists and Activists. The Post summarized the neighborhood in the following manner.

SCHOOLS: Bancroft Elementary, Lincoln Middle, Deal Junior High and Woodrow Wilson Senior High

HOME SALES: In 2007, 53 single-family homes sold in Mount Pleasant for $345,000 to $1.1 million, according to Drew Gagliano of Re/Max Allegiance. There are 10 single-family homes listed for sale in the neighborhood, priced between $449,900 and $2 million, and three more are under contract.

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: Many local businesses including a hardware store, grocery stores and restaurants, as well the National Zoo, Rock Creek Park and the Columbia Heights Metro station.

WITHIN 5 TO 10 MINUTES BY CAR: Downtown Washington, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s Hospital

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted in Holidays on February 14, 2009 by Kent

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This Date in History

Posted in February, Street Cars, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents on February 14, 2009 by Kent

February 14, 1900: Capital Traction car 13 collided with a cab driven by George Lee, near the Peace Monument, at 6:55 in the morning, and demolished the vehicle. No one was injured.