Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Preservation League’

The Week That Was

Did anything actually happen in Housing Complex world while everyone was busy recapping the last year and ringing in the next? Not much, but a few stories of note. Herewith, a review.

The Czech company that made D.C.'s first three streetcars has appealed the District's decision to award a contract for the next pair to a [...]

Preservation Group Glorifies McMillan Resistance

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of beautiful and historically significant landscapes, has come out with its yearly crop of at-risk places and the people fighting to protect them. On the list: McMillan Sand Filtration Site, where activist Tony Norman has been fighting development for decades. Says the entry:
The site, which [...]

Preservation Groups Send HPRB Slates to Gray

We told you last month that there were a bunch of positions coming open on the Historic Preservation Review Board–four that have already expired, and three more this July–and that mayor Vince Gray would have a chance to reward the preservationists who championed his candicacy. In the middle of last month, the Committee of 100 [...]

Car Barn Still an Issue at Georgia Avenue Walmart

Back when developer Foulger Pratt was working on its first development plan for the Curtis Chevrolet site on Georgia Avenue, it ran up against the D.C. Preservation League, which wanted to preserve the century-old brick structure that formerly housed streetcars. Now that Foulger Pratt is on to Plan B–a 102,000-square-foot Walmart–MMA Architects is working with [...]

D.C. Preservation League Settles With Third Church, Quid Pro Quos Abound

Last month, the Post reported that after a years-long legal fight over whether the Church of Christ, Scientist would be allowed to tear down its Brutalist home on 16th Street NW, developers were finally getting ready for demolition. It struck me as odd: What happened to the D.C. Preservation League's litigation to prevent the church [...]

Mausoleum Wins Preservation Award!

Right on the heels of the American Planning Association, the D.C. historic preservation community has picked its favorite projects of the year. Taking home the State Historic Preservation Officer Award: The American Pharmacists Association, which despite its many redeeming features, still looks rather deathly!
Also receiving accolades: Bonstra Haresign's CITTA 50 condo project, the historic renovation [...]

Catherine Buell on Keeping Preservation Cool

New Historic Preservation Review Board chairwoman Catherine Buell–whom I profiled a back in June–spoke with the D.C. Preservation League recently about where she sees preservation going and how the two entities can work better together. She had quite a bit to say about the image problem preservationists face, and how they should reach out to [...]

Preservationists Rally Against Plan for “Pit” in Union Station

Big changes are coming to Union Station. Last year, Congress told the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation to come up with a comprehensive plan for the facility, which recieved its last major renovation in the mid 1980s. Planned additions include an intercity bus facility on the existing bus deck, an expanded mezzanine for the metro, and–in [...]

Introducing: Facebook for Your House

First of all, save the date, old building enthusiasts: The D.C. Preservation League's 2010 Citywide Historic Preservation Conference is scheduled for September 24th and 25th at the American Institute of Architects' New York Avenue HQ.
In the mean time, though, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched a new tool to keep historic homeowners talking [...]

And Since We’re Discussing Endangered Historic Places…

Meads Row on H Street
The D.C. Preservation League is once again calling for nominations to its annual "Most Endangered Places" list. Last year's list included: Meads Row, a set of rowhouses on H Street NE; The much-debated Third Church of Christ, Scientist located downtown, which was at the center of a huge legal battle in [...]