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The Buildings They Left Behind

by Borderstan.com — May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

Given the developments that seem to bloom overnight in our neighborhood, news of a building being razed to make way for the new is, well, hardly news.

But have you ever wondered how some buildings are deemed historic and stick around and others become bulldozer fodder? Local blog The Location reviews the history of a building at 11th and K Streets NW as per the 2008 application for landmark status filed by the DC Preservation League.

The building(s) have all sorts of interesting historical components, including a cistern and a type of architecture once common but now largely absent from the city. Despite that, developer Jemal has filed a permit to raze the structures. Developers get to call a lot of shots on how our city will appear in the future; are they also determining what remains of our past?

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