Thank you to Axios for choosing to host their morning conversation with Vice President Al Gore at a venue only 3 minutes away from my own bedroom!
Lots of quotables on topics ranging from gun control, climate, Trump, and tech but one of my favorites is simply, "We need to stop treating the sky like an open sewer." @algore #axios360#earlymorningpolitics#mtvernontriangle
Today, we're flashing back to 2004 when the owner of these buildings (who had owned them for 20 years) contended that they couldn't be salvaged - "cause, look at them." 👀🤔 DCPL clearly disagreed with his assertion and filed and application to designate the Mt. Vernon Triangle an Historic District. Flash forward to 2018, and these buildings have been rehabbed as part of an 174 residential unit building.
A little history...
Within the boundaries of the Mt. Vernon Triangle Historic District (designated 2005), are two Second Empire-style dwellings located at 453 and 455 I Street. Both are excellent examples of their style, with ornate hood moldings articulating 453 I Street--the older of the two houses. This house was constructed between 1874 and 1878 by a John E. Wyess, who included his initial “W” in the incised ornamentation found in the pediment of the dormer window. The other house, 455 I Street, was built in 1883 by a local architect who effectively copied the Second Empire style of the neighboring house, instead of looking towards the more fashionable Queen Anne-style buildings of the period. Despite the similar massing and roof shape and form, several details indicate the separation of time between the buildings. In particular, the windows of 455 I are surmounted by simple lintels as opposed to the segmental arched hood moldings found on 453 I, and 455 I has a projecting bay which by the 1880s had become a standard feature of most residential buildings in the city.
Time lapse video of two of my previous project in the heart of the nations capitol. 415 L STreet NW and 425 L Street NW Washington DC. When finally completed, the two properties were joined with a 34 ft long steel erected sky bridge at the roof level or 132’ from grade. We had no plans for this bridge on phase 1. The plans were developed and constructed during phase 2 property development. Another logistical quagmire. Plan plan plan. When you think you’re done planning. Plan again. I literally had 15 ft of real estate easement as lay down space for all deliveries and materials. I yelled out expletives daily. I chased hookers out of the portajons. We had #dcpd snipers post up on the 8th floor due to a hostage situation at the neighboring section 8 housing property. I had a power trowel get away from a concrete finisher, crash through the guard railing and netting and fly off of the 6th floor. We had two laborers fight on the material hoist and one smashed the other in the neck with a hammer. 96,000 total square ft per level X 3 on both properties of subterranean garage parking.#meridianatmtvernon#mtvernontriangle#grindhard#steel#rooftoppool
5 years! We are very proud to have accomplished what we set set out to do, be a great neighborhood Kitchen & Bar. Thank you #mtvernontriangle , GAO, AIPAC, FBI, DOJ, Masscourt and all of our neighboring buildings. Come party with us Feb 20th, all day happy hour. Grand prize one free menu item a day for a year (must be here to claim grand prize) and lots of other great prizes.
Early morning arrival @ajax_dc for our awesome client @axios_official with today’s guest speakers featuring the most amazing @ariannahuff. Worth the 4:15am wake up! So excited about all the events we’ve hosted here in the last 9 months. Wait until you see what we have lined up for 2018 #eventvenue#corporateevents#socialevents#weddings#mtvernontriangle @spacezdc