Archive for the Crestwood Category

1968 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller

Posted in Crestwood, Vintage Vehicles with tags , on April 21, 2009 by Kent

I was surprised to stumble upon this vehicle on the way to my gym (which on weekends is over in Van Ness). Its a 1968 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller. The Morris Minor was a popular British motor car aimed at the family market. From what I’ve been able to find, the Traveller was introduced in 1952 along with van and pick-up versions. The Traveller featured an external structural ash (wood) frame for the rear bodywork, with two side-hinged rear doors. The frame was varnished rather than painted and a highly visible feature of the body style. Rear bodies of the van versions were all steel. The Traveller was very popular, and remained in production until 1971.1968 Morris Minor Traveller1968 Morris Minor Traveller 2

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ROAR!

Posted in 16th Street Heights, Bridges, Columbia Heights, Crestwood, Sculpture on April 21, 2009 by Kent

I’m guessing that many more people are familiar with the lions on the Taft Bridge and the bison on the Dumbarton Bridge than they are with the tigers on the Piney Branch Bridge (16th street bridge) just north of Spring Road. Interestingly, they are by the same artist that created the bison on the Dumbarton Bridge, A. Phimister Proctor.

The tigers were commissioned by the District of Columbia and originally to be executed in concrete. Proctor had other ideas, and cast them in bronze instead, paying for the casting himself. They date to 1910.

Proctor lioness

Police Call Boxes as Art

Posted in Crestwood, Random Observations on April 16, 2009 by Kent

16th Street police box artHere’s another better than average police call box that’s been retooled as art. This one is on 16th Street NW, I believe at Shepherd. It appears to be a light house.16th St police call box detail

Nice Porch Planter

Posted in Crestwood, Plants & Gardening, Random Observations on March 31, 2009 by Kent

One thing I like about many of the porches in the upper north of the city is that instead of porch railings, many of the spans between the columns are filled by concrete planters. I found this planter on a porch in Crestwood, and think its among the more attractive porch planters I’ve seen.Crestwood planter

Police Call Boxes as Art

Posted in Crestwood, Random Observations on March 26, 2009 by Kent

17th and VarnumHere’s another superior police call box transformed artistically. This one is at the intersection of 17th and Varnum Streets, NW, in the Crestwood neighborhood.Police call box 17th & varnum

Then and Now

Posted in Crestwood, Residences, Then and Now on March 23, 2009 by Kent

1745-upshur-st-nwThen: The House at 1745 Upshur St., NW, taken sometime between 1920-1950. (Library of Congress, #thc 5a48542)

1745 Upshur St., NW 2009Now: Same house today, still looking good.

Police Call Boxes as Art

Posted in Crestwood, Random Observations on March 18, 2009 by Kent

police-call-boxMost of us have seen the remains of the city’s once massive system of police call boxes. The image to the right is how many of them originally looked (Library of Congress, #hec 03392). If you want to know more about them historically, Shorpy actually has some great details on them.

But this is now, and all we have left are empty shells of this system. I suspect it is merely human nature to beautify our surroundings, and to that end, many of them have become canvases for artistic expression.

The neighborhoods of 16th Street Heights and Crestwood have a number of very unique conversions. Police call box conversion 18th & UpshurThe Prince of Petworth showed one located on 16th street. Here is another one that is located at 18th and Upshur.

I’ll show some more in the coming weeks.18th and Upshur police call box detail