Posts Tagged ‘Historic Districts’

War of Addition

Earlier this year, a three-story addition rose up above a two-story rowhouse like “a big middle finger” to its V Street NW neighbors. That was how the website DCist described it at the time. Commenters on the PoPville blog were less charitable. “So freakin’ ugly,” wrote one. “HIDEOUS! How’s this legal?” asked another. “There was [...]

Revelation: Historic Districts Restrict Solar Panels

While researching a story on the D.C. solar industry, I learned something somewhat dismaying: In any one of D.C.'s 46 historic districts, if you want to put a solar panel on your roof, it cannot be visible from the street. So, if you have a nice south-facing roof exposure that fronts onto the street, you're [...]

Barney Circle: God Willing, A Smooth Road Ahead For Historic District

Here are some fun facts about the history of Barney Circle: It contains no 19th century buildings and over 70% of its buildings were constructed between 1919 and 1924. It’s named after Joseph Joshua Barney, a hero of the War of 1812. It was a transit hub in the streetcar days, where cars [...]

Forget Me Lots: Preservationists Fight the Slow Death of Shaw’s Historic Alleys

In the end, the developer’s decision was legal—The historic carriage house could be demolished. Its roof was caving in toward the back, and engineers had deemed it structurally unsound. But that diagnosis hasn’t quieted the preservationists of Blagden Alley and Naylor Court, two of the last remaining 19th-century alley communities in Washington.
Close to a year [...]