Archive for April 13, 2009

Then and Now:1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW

Posted in Dupont Circle, Then and Now on April 13, 2009 by Kent

leiter-houseThen: The Leiter House, built in 1891 for Levi P. Leiter. It was eventually razed in 1947. More information and photos of the house can be found at this post.

Dupont HotelNow: The Dupont Hotel (formerly Jurys Washington Hotel) is the structure that replaced the mansion.

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Another Low Relief

Posted in Art Deco, Downtown, Random Observations on April 13, 2009 by Kent

This relief is a companion to the one I posted on Friday, located at 15th and H, NW.Bas Relief

Restoration at S and New Hampshire, NW

Posted in Dupont Circle, Renovation and Restoration, Residences on April 13, 2009 by Kent

I was happy to see that the Joseph Taylor Arms Mansion at 1800 New Hampshire Ave., NW, is finally being fixed up. Last June, this property made it onto the D.C. Preservation League’s 2008 list of 10 most endangered places.

According to an article in the June 26, 2008 Post, “the condition of the 100-year-old mansion, owned by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, became ‘so deplorable’ that the diplomatic staff had to move out four years ago. ‘A classic example of demolition by neglect’ is how the league describes the property, which has rotting windows, peeling paint and an unsound roof. A Congolese official said recently that the embassy is ready to hire a contractor and begin repairs”

Well, it seems that the work has begun.Joseph Taylor Arms Mansion

Lost Washington: Cannon’s Steak House

Posted in Gallaudet, Lost Washington, Restaurants on April 13, 2009 by Kent

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Cannon’s Steak House was located in the Capitol City Market at 1270 5th Street, NE, at Florida Avenue. Thomas A Cannon Jr., with his son Thomas III, began doing business there in 1933 when it was called the Union Terminal Market. Considered a local landmark, it attracted legislators from Capitol Hill as well as truckers and merchants from the market. Even after the market closed in the mid-1960s, it was able to continue doing business at its location.

In August of 1972 Cannon’s was gutted by a two-alarm fire and never reopened. The fire followed an explosion, and fire investigators strongly suspected arson.

Opening Day at Nationals Park

Posted in Sports on April 13, 2009 by Kent

While baseball’s opening day has already come and gone, today it the opening day at National Park, where the Nationals will host the Philadelphia Phillies. The series will run through Thursday. To celebrate the start of the local season, I’m including a photo of the Washington baseball team from the 1913 season.washington-baseball-team-1913

(Click on image to get to larger version)

New Developments at the Looking Glass Lounge

Posted in Bars & Pubs, Park View on April 13, 2009 by Kent

Looking Glass LoungeIf you haven’t been past the Looking Glass lately, you probably didn’t notice the Notice of Public Hearing that is prominently posted in the front window.

It was posted on April 10th, the petition date is May 26th, and the hearing will be on June 8th.

The Looking Glass is seeking approval of the changes below. I have to admit, I’m torn on this issue.

From what I’ve seen over the past several weeks, something needs to change if they are going to continue being a viable business. The last couple of Fridays I’ve been there its been very quiet. That said, I really don’t know if I’m all that jazzed about live music, dancing, and a cover charge. Is this something that is good for the neighborhood? … I can see that it might be good to have something like this in the neighborhood in the future, but I’m torn on if this a good time for that transition.

That said, I’d like to hear what others think. Pros and Cons.looking-glass-lounge-notice

This Date in History

Posted in April, Sports, Universities on April 13, 2009 by Kent

April 13, 1908: After winning seven straight games, Georgetown’s baseball team lost to Holy Cross in an exciting, but poorly played game — score, 3 to 2.Georgetown Baseball team, 1926