Archive for April 24, 2009

Then and Now: Ft. Totten

Posted in Fort Totten, Then and Now on April 24, 2009 by Kent

fort-totten-100 pdr. Parrott gun Then: Fort Totten during the Civil War. Construction of Fort Totten began in August 1861 and was finished by 1863. It occupied a high point in advance of the Soldiers’ Home, President’s Lincoln summer residence. Additional historic photos can be found here>>

Ft. Totten 2009Now: Completely overgrown and obscure. With the exception of a boulder containing a marker in the middle of the park, the only way to identify this site it to take inference from the name of Fort Totten Road (which its on), or to look at a map. Signage at the entrance to the park only indicates that its maintained by Rock Creek Park.


Another Neon Sign for My Neon Fixation

Posted in Neon, Shaw on April 24, 2009 by Kent

Walking home from a restaurant on U Street last night, I saw this sign on the southeast corner of 11th Street. What can I say, I love neon.Lee's Flower & Card

Small Sculpture Park

Posted in Downtown, Sculpture on April 24, 2009 by Kent

Public sculpture off Thomas Circle

I doubt that two sculptures constitutes a sculpture garden, but what else can you call two public sculpture in a garden like setting? Other than setting and material, there isn’t much in common between them.

I found them just west of Thomas Circle, in the wedge plot of land between M Street and Massachusetts Ave.

Billy Simpson’s House of Seafood and Steaks: A 2009 National Register of Historic Places Recipient

Posted in Commercial, Culture and History, Petworth on April 24, 2009 by Kent

billy-simpsons-house-of-seafoodRecently, the Washington Business Journal  reported that 16 District properties had achieved historic status. Among them was Billy Simpson’s House of Seafood and Steaks located at 3815 Georgia Avenue, NW, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 17, 2009.

The two-story building was constructed in 1923 as one of a row of four nearly identical attached brick commercial/residential buildings on the east side of Georgia Ave. All four buildings still exist today. Continue reading

Mayor Fenty Visits Park View Rec Center, Walks Alleys

Posted in City Services, D.C. Government, Park View on April 24, 2009 by Kent

Mayor Fenty in Park ViewFollowing up on the meeting Adrian Fenty had with the community of Park View earlier this month, the Mayor, along with Police Chief Lanier; Linda Argo, Director of DCRA; Ximena Hartsock, acting Director of Parks and Recreations; and directors and officials of DDOT, DOH, rat control, and others, finally visited Park View yesterday to follow up on issues related to the Recreation Center and walk alleys in the neighborhood to assess violations and rodent issues. Continue reading

My Garden is Coming Along

Posted in Plants & Gardening on April 24, 2009 by Kent


I’m thrilled with my garden so far this year, as many of the plants I was worried about last year seem to have made it through the winter. Many of these are hardy, but based on availability, and the need to completely rework and amend the yard last year, they weren’t always dug up and moved when they should have been. Some even had to be dug up, endure a 14 hour car trip, and then get replanted two days later.

Giant Solomon's Seal sprouting

Giant Solomon's Seal sprouting

The mayapples all seem to be happy this year, even though I may still need to move them again this fall. One thing I’m really happy about is that the giant Solomon’s seal is just starting to come up. As you can see by the photo, they don’t look like much now, but they will eventually get to be about four feet tall or so.

The lily of the valley are still coming out, and the allium have nice buds on them too. While we’ve had tulips for several weeks now, and the first batch is about done, the late bloomers haven’t begun to pop yet. It looks like its going to be a green summer.



This Date in History

Posted in April on April 24, 2009 by Kent

April 24, 1901: An interesting case arising out of the horsewhipping of William L. Wood, a railroad employee, was heard before Judge Scott, when Samuel T. Graves and his daughter, Edith, were charged with assault on Wood. The horsewhipping took place at Four-and-a-half and G streets southwest, and grew out of the rejection of Miss Graves’ application for admission into an order known as the Daughters of