Archive for February 23, 2009

Then and Now

Posted in Commercial, Penn Quarter, Then and Now on February 23, 2009 by Kent

philipsborn-exteriorThen: ca. 1920, the exterior of Philipsborn store located on 11th Street between G and H, NW. Judging by the dresses, it appears to be a women’s clothing store.

lerner-shops1At its worst: Probably vacant since the late 1960s or early 1970s, it was last a Lerner Shop.

Lerner NowNow: One of the latest facades to be saved, it is all that is left of the original building. It is now part of the new building nearing completion on the block.


Red Cross Memorial

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Monuments and Memorials on February 23, 2009 by Kent

Red Cross MemorialI’ve always found this sculptural element at the northwest corner of E and 20th Streets, NW, to be interesting. Its constructed of two elements, with the red cross situated a fair bit behind the white wall. But, you don’t realize its the flag of the Red Cross unless you see it from just the right vantage point in front of it.

Red Cross memorial 2I’d driven past the memorial many times, but had never stopped to look at it before. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the back of it is a true memorial. There is an area to site and contemplate the work that the Red Cross has performed over the years.

The benches are engraved with important moments in the history of the Red Cross, and the back of the white marble is also engraved, as you can see below. There was a lot more detail than I was expecting, and I’m sure many people pass this everyday without ever realizing what it is.Red Cross memorial 3

Capitol Square to have Heightened Security Tomorrow Night

Posted in Capitol Hill, Commuity News & Events on February 23, 2009 by Kent

The U.S. Capitol Police have issued the following press release:

On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, the President’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress will take place in the United States Capitol at approximately 9:00 p.m. The Capitol Square will be restricted to authorized pedestrians only beginning at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, the United States Capitol Police will be putting … street closures into effect on February 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. until this event has concluded.

For the entire press release and list of street closures, go here>>

Real Property Neighborhood Price Reductions

Posted in Real Estate on February 23, 2009 by Kent

On Friday, Redfin published the chart below showing the top ten DC area neighborhoods for price reductions.


Fine China Loosing its Lustre

Posted in Lifestyle on February 23, 2009 by Kent

vernon-kilns-homespunI read in the Post last week that fine china is loosing its appeal. Ten years ago, 85-90% of couples getting married registered a china pattern. Today, that has dropped to 45-50%.

I think this is sad, and attribute it in part to people being more casual … and the mistaken belief that you can’t use your fine china unless you’ve cooked a turkey at Thanksgiving or a goose at Christmas. In my opinion, this attitude is hogwash!

There are easily 6 patterns in our household … and there would be more if I had my way. Of those, only one is a current pattern. They vary in color, pattern, formality, and age, from ca. 1853-1953 for the out of production patterns.

And here’s the thing … we don’t hesitate to use any of them when people are over. We choose the set to use based on the mood we are trying to create, or to match the theme of the dinner being prepared, or just to add whimsy to a gathering .

I’m not going to tell you to run out and buy china, but if you have it, use it. Trust me, you deserve it. Post article here>>

Woodcuts by Max-Karl Winkler

Posted in Prints on February 23, 2009 by Kent

ellen-at-work_0Opening today and running through March 29th, the Washington Printmakers Gallery will be exhibiting Companions: Portraits Recent and Relevant, woodcuts by Max-Karl Winkler.

Opening reception for the exhibit will be Friday, March 6th, from 5-8 p.m. and is open to the public.

For more information, go to the Washington Printmakers Website.

Hotel Annapolis

Posted in Hotels, Lost Washington on February 23, 2009 by Kent

pr-1564bLast week, I focused on the old Greyhound bus terminal, showing what it looks like now and giving some history. If you recall, it is now primarily an entrance lobby for a rather large building behind it … but what was originally where that new building is now?

Well, you guessed it, it was the Hotel Annapolis, located on the north side of H street between 11th and 12th streets, NW. I can’t imagine it was a high end hotel in the 1960s, but I’m sure it played an active and important role in the 1940s being next to the Greyhound station

The color image above was taken in April of 1968 and is courtesy of the Historical Society of Washington (Emil A. Press Slide Collection, Annapolis Hotel on the north side of the 1100 block of H Street NW., #PR 1564B) 

Other associated images:

Hotel Annapolis 1951(Photo courtesy Historical Society of Washington, John P. Wymer Photograph Collection, Annapolis Hotel on the northeast corner of H and 11th Streets NW., #WY 1898.33)

anchor-room-hotel-annapolisVintage Postcard showing the Anchor Room at the Hotel Annapolis.