Archive for February 18, 2009

Park View’s York Theater

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Then and Now with tags , , on February 18, 2009 by Kent

National Evangelistic CenterI really have to love Shorpy! Last Friday, Shorpy identified the original use of the National Evangelistic Center (NEC) on the southeast corner of Georgia Ave. and Quebec. According to the the blog, its been the NEC since 1957.

The building opened to the public on October 15, 1919 as the York Theater, and was a functioning movie house until it closed in 1954.

york-theater-at-nightAnother nice thing about the Shorpy posting is that one of the commentators actually found the write up in the Post describing the building when it was getting ready to open. I’m not sure why the reporter mistakenly identifies the location as Petworth since the area was identified as part of Park View no later than 1916. You can read the Post entry here.

I actually walked by the “church” the other night, and got lucky enough to catch the building with the lights on … and what a sight. The building is largely intact, and didn’t appear like it would take much to return it to its former glory. Only two things would prevent that, 1) the current occupants, and 2) the economics of the movie industry (it likely wouldn’t be viable).

The ca. 1920 photograph above was taken by the National Photo Co., and is from the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs collection. A larger version of it, and other photographs of the theater are after the jump Continue reading


Review of Looking Glass Lounge

Posted in Bars & Pubs, Park View, Restaurants on February 18, 2009 by Kent

Looking Glass LoungeThe other night I just wasn’t in the mood to have any cooking or cleanup after a meal, so I decided to try Looking Glass Lounge on Georgia Avenue by the Metro. I hadn’t been there since it switched over from Temperance Hall and decided it was time.

I know that many people weren’t happy with the change in ownership, so I’ve been wanting to check it out for myself for a while now.

The interior hasn’t changed all that much, except that many more mirrors have been added to the decor. There is a good selection of beer, but I need to see if they know how to do any good mixed drinks (I did hear a shaker once while I was there).

Looking Glass interiorI’m betting that a burger is a good choice there, but I decided to try their ‘monthly’ steak, which was a sirloin and only $3 more. I won’t say it was a great cut of meat, but it was good. It had good flavor and wasn’t bad … actually, it was more than I was expecting at a bar and grill.

I’m not sure if I will go there frequently for dinner or not, but I do want to go back for happy hour.

Looking Glass Lounge is located at 3634 Georgia Ave, NW. For more information, go here>>

Update on Park View Corner Store

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Real Estate on February 18, 2009 by Kent

Warder and RCCRI wanted to give a quick update on the corner store at Warder and Rock Creek Church Rd., NW. The interior seems to have been completely gutted and cleared, and they have finished framing the bays.

I need to take a newer photo, as they have started to remove the slate roof. I’m thrilled that they are finally repairing the building, but I’m concerned that they will not replace the slate roof. They started removing that on Monday, and I’m uncertain as to if they will replace it or not. Also, from the repairs they’ve done on the brick, my money says they plan to paint the brick when they are done, which usually doesn’t sit well with me.

Barry Files Taxes — This is News?

Posted in People on February 18, 2009 by Kent

barryIs it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that Marion Barry finally filing his taxes is a news item. I mean, what’s next. Will it be news when he ties his shoe, drives a car, or walks down the street?

I’m sorry, but how many second chances does he get to ‘do the right thing’?

Neighborhood Demographic Observation of Two Years … and Counting

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Real Estate on February 18, 2009 by Kent

row-houses1I’ve lived in my neighborhood for nearly two years now, and in that time I’ve noticed something that I think is a bit odd, but odd in an interesting “a sociologist could earn their PhD studying this” kind of way.

In the homes that are in my general neighborhood, if there happens to be a gay neighbor, when you find out where they live, the house also ends up being the end house on a row, or half of a duplex. I know this isn’t true in other areas, and haven’t done a neighborhood survey to find out if there are exceptions to the rule, but around the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro, my informal polling is batting a 1,000 so far.

I think this has happened subconsciencly, which is all the more interesting to me. Is it in response to the additional natural light inside the houses that make them more appealing? Is it because you can walk from the front of the house to the back yard without walking around the block or through the house? I’m really not sure what it is, but you’d think that whatever it is it would also appeal to everyone looking to buy a house.

(Note: The author does not know the residents of the home pictured, and the image is used for illustrative purposes only)

Artist Pat Hamou Opens at the JCC

Posted in Drawings, Dupont Circle on February 18, 2009 by Kent

killer-in-a-kippah Opening tonight, Real Machers: Pat Hamou’s Portraits of American Jewish Gangsters, 1900-1945 is collection of pen and ink drawings by the Montreal illustrator and graphic artist. Hamou used vintage mug shots as inspiration. The reception is tonight at the Jewish Community Center from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit continues from  10 a.m.-10 p.m, Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays, through May 17. The JCC is located at 1529 16th St., NW. Admission is free. For information call 202-777-3208.

To learn more about Pat Hamou, read the Montreal Mirror’s 2005 review here>>

Spring Protest Season is upon Us

Posted in Protests & Marches on February 18, 2009 by Kent

This was thrust upon me last Friday. You can bet you’ll be hearing more about this, but, as a colleague of mine said when I shared it with him: “Well, I guess its the start of Spring protest season”.March On The Pentagon