Archive for April 7, 2009

Lost Washington: The Leiter House

Posted in Dupont Circle, Lost Washington, Neo-Classical, Residences on April 7, 2009 by Kent

leiter-houseThe residence at 1500 New Hampshire Ave. was designed by architect Theophilus Chandler and built in 1891 for Levi Leiter, a Chicago real estate and department store millionaire. The Leiter house was a white brick, classically inspired mansion with a red tile roof located at the intersection of Dupont Circle, New Hampshire Avenue, and 19th Street. Considered the finest private residence in Washington at the time it was built, the mansion was three stories with fifty-five rooms. Continue reading


Early 70s Monte Carlo

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags , on April 7, 2009 by Kent

I saw this on 11th Street, NW, in Columbia Heights. It appears to be a 1971, maybe ’72, Chevy Monte Carlo. Chevy Monte Carlo, ca. 1971

D.C. Council Approves Recognition of Gay Marriages

Posted in Commuity News & Events on April 7, 2009 by Kent

I thought this was significant. Today, the D.C. Council approved an amendment that would recognize gay marriages performed outside of the District of Columbia.

The amendment was attached to the Disclosure to the United State District Court Amendment Act of 2009. The bill must pass a second vote on May 5 before it would be sent to Mayor Adrian Fenty, who would also have to sign it. The bill would also have to pass congressional review.

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925 O Street, NW

Posted in Real Estate, Shaw on April 7, 2009 by Kent

925-o-st-nwLast weekend, as I was bumming around Shaw, I chanced upon an open house at 925 O Street. I found O Street, and the street presence of the home, to be handsome.

This home was livable, yet dated. With a listing price of $985,000, I think there just might be enough here of value to tempt a buyer. Chief among the amenities are off street parking and a rentable first floor unit.

I think the two things that stuck with me that I didn’t like were the non-period stair banisters and the somewhat odd master bedroom loft. Both issues I’d want to address, but neither disturbing enough to make me walk away.

To me, it was interesting how representative of the neighborhood this home was. It cleaned up nicely, had good bones, and could still use a little work.

While there is a lot of promise in this area, there is still a well of untapped potential. To get more information and see additional photos of the property, go here>>

Incident Involving a Metro Bus & Ambulance?

Posted in Health, Metro, Near Northeast on April 7, 2009 by Kent

I saw this on H street near 6th, NE. I’m not sure what happened, but perhaps a reader can shed some light. If the construction on H street wasn’t enough to snarl traffic, this Metro bus was just sitting in the street with its hazards on while a person was being loaded into an ambulance. No one was in the bus as I was at the scene. Injured on H

Coke Losing Fizz

Posted in Capitol Hill, Random Observations on April 7, 2009 by Kent

This old painted advertisement is in an alley off of 8th Street, SE, between G and E Streets. Its too bad the lower half of the advertisement has been covered over. Even so, I think it still has a lot of detail.Coke advertisement

Three Smithsonian Museums Extending Hours This Summer

Posted in Mall (The), Museums on April 7, 2009 by Kent

Joseph Henry SaintedSmithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough announced yesterday that the National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of Natural History will stay open two hours later, until 7:30 p.m. every day through Labor Day.

I’m looking forward to the extended hours, as I may actually get to visit one of these this summer now that they are open longer.