Archive for April 9, 2009

Surratt Boarding House

Posted in Chinatown, Lost Washington on April 9, 2009 by Kent

surratt-boarding-houseThe structure at 604 H Street, NW, is perhaps most famous for the people associated with it rather than the building itself.

In 1862, Mary Surratt operated a boarding house in this building. John Wilkes Booth and conspirators stayed at the boarding house prior to the assassination of President Lincoln, and on their flight from the theater they stopped by Mrs. Surratt’s Maryland house to pick up arms and ammunition.

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2039 New Hampshire Ave., NW, #704

Posted in Condos/Apartments, Dupont Circle, Real Estate, Shaw on April 9, 2009 by Kent

northumberland_exterior_aHere’s a brand new listing that shows promise. For a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 955 sq ft place listed for $415,000 just off the U Street corridor, I’ll be surprised if it stays on the market for long.

From the photos of the place, its stunning (see below after the jump). It will also be open this Sunday if you want to see it in person.

Factoring in the location, its well worth the price … especially considering its a penthouse unit with both eastern and northern exposures, which are desirable to me as I hate the late afternoon sun heating up a room.

I’ve generally liked this location every time I’ve been through it, and I’ve noted that it seems to be somewhat park-like in its setting. I can’t image the traffic would be a major issue, as the streets are either one way or don’t really go anywhere. Its a block off of both U and 16th Streets, and a short walk to Meridian Hill Park.

You can go to the listing to see the basic details, or contact Matt Zanolli, the realtor that brought this to my attention and has provided the interior photos you’ll find after the jump. Continue reading

Public Space Getting Repaved @ 14th & Park Rd.

Posted in Columbia Heights, Renovation and Restoration on April 9, 2009 by Kent

I noticed coming home form work yesterday that the public space on the east side of 14th Street at Park is getting redone. I don’t recall it being that bad, or old for that matter. The whole area was just redone a few years ago, so I’m wondering if this will be in support of a new use.New Pavers in Columbia Heights

Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse

Posted in Arlington, Art Deco, Theaters on April 9, 2009 by Kent

The Arlington Cinema building opened in August 1940 as the Arlington Recreation Center which was  for whites-only. It including a bowling alley on the upper floors and a pharmacy on the corner. Architect Fred Bishop, who also designed Byrd Theatre in Richmond, designed this structure. The opening night film was My Favorite Wife, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Arlington Cinema & DrafthouseThe theater desegregated in 1963, and was operated until 1975 by Richmond-based Neighborhood Theatres Inc. It was converted to Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse in 1985 and still serves up movies and food. The bowling alleys are now a tae kwon do school and artists’ studios.

9th Street Bridge NE to be Replaced

Posted in Brentwood, Bridges, City Services, Gallaudet, Ivy City on April 9, 2009 by Kent

9th-street-bridge-detail1I received the following DDOT traffic advisory late yesterday evening. I’m very happy to hear that this bridge and surrounding area are going to be replaced, and actually like the design of the new bridge, especially the nod of including the three stars of our flag into its appearance.

Lane Closures & Detours for 9th Street, NE Bridge Project
Work Scheduled to Start April 20

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), in cooperation with the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will be reconstructing the 9th Street Bridge interchange over New York Avenue, NE. The replacement project is expected to start on or about April 20, 2009 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2011. Continue reading

Update on Corner Store @ RCCR & Warder

Posted in Commercial, Park View, Petworth, Renovation and Restoration on April 9, 2009 by Kent

Park View Corner store progressStarting on Tuesday, the corner store currently being renovated after a fire last year gutted it, is finally showing signs of progress again. Recent work has focused on the interior, but the last few days have witnessed improvements on the exterior.

016The structure is being painted, and yesterday they began to install windows in the bays. This is a a positive development, as the store prior to the fire had boarded up windows. While the contractors have made some interesting choices along the way, all in all, the building is turning out true to is original character.

Madame Tussauds Adds First Lady to Line Up

Posted in First Ladies, Museums, Sculpture on April 9, 2009 by Kent

madame-tussaudsAs the third first lady to be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds, the likeness of Michelle Obama has joined Jacqueline Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. The sculpture of Mrs. Obama will be dressed in a red, custom-designed sleeveless dress, and will be placed next to the likeness of President Obama, which was unveiled in February 2008.