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Lost Washington: Carbery House

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Lost Washington with tags , on August 7, 2009 by Kent

The Carbery House was built in 1818 at the northwest corner of 17th and C Streets, opposite the Ellipse. It was the residence of Thomas Carbery, mayor of Washington and a noted member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Carbery House

Carbery became active in the public affairs of Washington in 1819 when he was elected to the city council. He remained active until his death in 1863.

While the house was no stranger to tragedy — his wife and four children died there within a short time in the 1830s — it was more famously known as “Miracle House” due to the widely publicized recovery of Thomas’ gravely ill sister, Mrs. Ann Carbery Mattingly. She had been ill since 1817 and, being widowed, was invited to live in the house upon its completion. She grew increasingly worse prompting the family to consent to a priest  writing Prince Hohenlohe of Hamburg, Germany. Hohenlohe was a known healer, and agreed to pray for Ann’s recovery.On the date and time that Hohenlohe stated he’d pray for recovery, Ann rose from her bed being completely healed.

The house itself was built in the Federal style, though the entrance was atypically located on the side rather than the front. The cast-iron porch was an 1840 addition. Carbery House was eventually razed in 1903.


Lost Washington: Heurich Brewery

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Lost Washington with tags , on May 28, 2009 by Kent

Heurich BreweryWashington’s most famous brewery was founded in 1872, when Christian Heurich moved to the city from Baltimore and, along with a partner, bought the bankrupt Schnell Brewery and tavern at 1229 20th Street, NW.

By 1873 Heurich had bought out his partner’s interest, and he became the sole manager of the struggling brewery until about 1877, when he began to expand his staff.

A good history on the Heurich Brewery can be found at, The following is an excerpt from that site.

(Courtesy Historical Society of Washington, DC, #JO O060)

(Courtesy Historical Society of Washington, DC, #JO O060)

In 1894, workers started construction on the new, larger Heurich Brewery located by the Potomac River at 26th and D Streets, NW, that dominated the Washington waterfront for 68 years. The literal spark that initiated the construction of a new, fireproof facility was in 1892, when a fire caused by an explosion in the malt mill swept though the former structure. Continue reading

This Sculpture Intrigued Me

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Sculpture with tags on May 26, 2009 by Kent

This public sculpture is located on the northwest corner of 20th and I Streets, NW, in front on the Monroe Building. I looked around the sculpture but couldn’t find a title or artist. While I do find the shapes pleasing, it was the patina that really caught my eye.

Does anyone know anything about this sculpture, or at least know where to point me to find out more for myself?

Scul pture

National Park Service Announces Trail Reconstruction on Rock Creek Parkway Near Kennedy Center

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Parks with tags , on May 20, 2009 by Kent

According to a NPS announcement: The National Park Service (NPS) has begun a trail improvement project on Rock Creek Parkway between the Kennedy Center and Virginia Ave N.W. The multi-use trail will be closed for approximately 4 weeks for reconstruction which began on Monday, May 18, 2009.

The work to be done includes removing the existing asphalt on the multipurpose trail and replacing it with new asphalt, constructing a new promenade with bench seating, installing new lighting and a bike rack, installing new trash receptacles and new trees will be planted. The project also includes resurfacing the bridge deck and replacing the handrails on the Thompson’s Boat Center Bridge. The planned final completion date for all work is July 1, 2009.

Detour signs directing Trail users will be in place prior to work beginning. No impacts to motor vehicle traffic are anticipated.

Inclement weather may require adjustments to the schedule. The NPS will continue to inform the public and the media of any adjustments in the work schedule. Every effort is being made to minimize traffic delays and accomplish the work in a timely manner.

Lost and Found: Remnants of the Heurich Brewery

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Lost Washington, Random Observations on March 16, 2009 by Kent

As I was walking around Georgetown yesterday I looked up, and had an moment where I had to take a double take. I looked up at a very, very boring building and the bottom of 34th street where is intersects with Cady’s Alley. If you are familiar with the area, you’ll know its behind the Ukrainian Embassy. What was so amazing about this otherwise nondescript building it that it had to remarkable round relief sculptures of horses’ heads. You can see the two heads below.Heurich Horse HeadsWhat is so great about these heads is that I instantly recognized them as originally belonging to the old Heurich Brewery that was in Foggy Bottom. Its nice to see that they’ve survived. I have to admit, I’m envious that they aren’t on my house. You can see them as they were originally installed at the Heurich Brewery below.truck-of-the-littlefield-alvord-co-express-parked-at-the-christian-heurich-brewing-co-washington-dc1(Library of Congress, #cph 3b06495)

Red Cross Memorial

Posted in Foggy Bottom, Monuments and Memorials on February 23, 2009 by Kent

Red Cross MemorialI’ve always found this sculptural element at the northwest corner of E and 20th Streets, NW, to be interesting. Its constructed of two elements, with the red cross situated a fair bit behind the white wall. But, you don’t realize its the flag of the Red Cross unless you see it from just the right vantage point in front of it.

Red Cross memorial 2I’d driven past the memorial many times, but had never stopped to look at it before. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the back of it is a true memorial. There is an area to site and contemplate the work that the Red Cross has performed over the years.

The benches are engraved with important moments in the history of the Red Cross, and the back of the white marble is also engraved, as you can see below. There was a lot more detail than I was expecting, and I’m sure many people pass this everyday without ever realizing what it is.Red Cross memorial 3