Archive for February 15, 2009

Lost Washington

Posted in Churches, Gothic Revival, Lost Washington, Unrealized Dreams on February 15, 2009 by Kent

The Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church was located on the southwest corner of C Street and John Marshall Place, NW. The corner stone was laid on October 23, 1854, but construction was interruped by the Civil War, and work did not resume until 1866,  the building was dedicated in 1869, and eventually completed in 1872. The first image below is a print showing how the church was originally thought to look upon completion, and published sometime between 1854 and 1872. The second image shows how the church actually did look when finished.

In 1930, the District government condemed the building for future developement and the congregation moved to a new home. The spire was razed in 1935, and the building was razed in 1956.metropolitan-me-churchmetropolitan-methodist-church

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Early Signs of Spring

Posted in Plants & Gardening on February 15, 2009 by Kent

snow-bells1Officially, March 20th is the first day of Spring, and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on February 2nd, ‘predicting’ six more weeks of winter. Yet, midway through February, we are already seeing signs of Spring.

Snow Bells are already up and in bloom in some areas, and the Tulips have poked through the surface in most parts of my garden.

tulips-sproutingI suspect we’ll have a cold day or two in our future … and possibly a freak snowstorm, as I’ve seen them as late as March … but that aside, I think I can safely say gardens will soon be ablaze of color.

This Date in History

Posted in Bridges, February on February 15, 2009 by Kent

February 15, 1926: The House appropriations committee reported a provision for $2,500,000 for continuing the Arlington Memorial bridge project was carried in the independent offices appropriations bill totaling $502,488,000.arlington-bridge-construction