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Mobile Preservation Can't tear a historic building down? Just move it.

Mount Vernon Square is changing, but it can’t quite quit its past. Gold Leaf Studios, a building of artist studios and a party spot for D.C.’s DIY art scene, shuttered in January to make way for apartments. Fort Fringe, the scrappy headquarters of the Capital Fringe Festival, has one more year at 6th Street and New York Avenue NW, while Fringe performance space The Apothecary has already transformed into a LivingSocial office. A large office building from the Douglas Development Corporation will displace DC Eagle, one of the city’s oldest gay bars, and eventually force cocktail-forward boite The Passenger to close, as well. The cultural offerings that once made the neighborhood a desirable place to live and work, many of them due to the noblesse oblige of the real-estate mogul now showing them the door, will soon be gone. Amid all this change, however, are the ghosts of an even further-back past: the facades of several historically preserved buildings mounted on pylons, removed from their original locations because they can’t legally be demolished. One, the corpse of the former Hodges Sandwich Shop, was eye candy this summer when it appeared in the outdoor bar area of Fort Fringe—a reminder, between shows, of what was, what is, and will be.

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