Posts Tagged ‘Historic Preservation Review Board’

HPRB Approves Spingarn Landmarking. Next: The Car Barn Fight

The Historic Preservation Review Board just unanimously approved the designation of Spingarn Senior High School at Benning Road and 26th Street NE as a historic landmark. But the central issue on everyone's mind wasn't addressed: what the landmarking will mean for the planned streetcar barn and training facility on the Spingarn campus.
Spingarn's landmarking is based [...]

Gretchen Pfaehler to Chair Historic Preservation Review Board

Historic Preservation Review Board chair Catherine Buell is stepping down to lead a city development project and will be replaced by HPRB member Gretchen Pfaehler.
Buell was appointed to the board in 2008 and became the first female HPRB chair in 2010. After two and a half years, she's leaving both HPRB and her paying job [...]

Case Against Heritage Foundation’s Third Story Dismissed On Technical Grounds

For over a year now, interested parties have been waiting for the D.C. Court of Appeals to rule on whether or not the Mayor's Agent for historic preservation had erred in allowing the Heritage Foundation to add a third story to its historic building on Pennsylvania Avenue SE. The case had all sorts of implications [...]

Broken Windows Theory

When Unity of Washington outgrew its Romanesque Revival building on Capitol Hill, it wasn’t easy to sell. D.C. doesn’t have much of a market for used churches; many congregations have followed their worshippers to the suburbs over the years. The 107-year-old church at 7th and A streets NE had good bones and a graceful presence. [...]

Rotting Jemal Building Will Get Its Day In Court

The Location noted yesterday that Douglas Development had submitted raze applications for the elegant, decaying buildings now covered with a large ad wrap at 11th and K Streets NW. I haven't heard back yet from Norman Jemal on why the company decided to take it down, but I'd be willing to bet it has something [...]

St. Elizabeths Master Plan Drops With Pretty New Pictures

Do not underestimate the power of charismatic renderings in getting people on board with a development vision. That's what's been missing at the St. Elizabeths east campus in Ward 8, where the District envisions a mixed-use urban center full of tech companies, educational institutions, retail, parks, new residents, a new "transit center" next to the [...]

As Expected, Mayor’s Agent OKs Cleveland Park Firehouse Renovations

Back in January, the Historic Preservation Review Board ruled that the doors of the Cleveland Park Firehouse—which has been closed since fall of 2010, awaiting renovations—were too historic to be changed for the 21st century's wider fire trucks. Much gnashing of teeth about putting historicity over neighborhood safety ensued.
As I noted, though, the board was [...]

The Historification of Southwest Begins In Earnest

Remember when we talked about how some of the most difficult cases the Historic Preservation Review Board will have to deal with in the next few years are the ones not everyone thinks of as "historic", like the buildings that came after hundreds of acres of Southwest D.C. got flattened? Well, two have come up [...]

Historic Review Board Member to JBG Architect: Go Back to Seattle

Last Thursday was the first day on the job for seven out of nine Historic Preservation Review Board members, and several of them wasted no time asserting their authority. In particular, they expressed concern over the size and modernity of developer JBG's plan for the empty lots on the south side of Florida Avenue between [...]

McMillan Historic Preservation Application Drops

The Historic Preservation Review Board application for development at the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant replicates a lot of the information in the draft of the one that'll go to the Zoning Commission—there's no more detail on building architecture, just massing sketches—but does have a bit more information about the old stuff that's supposed to stay [...]