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?
From Matty Rhoades
Ever Wonder About the Wonder Bread Building?
If you’ve walked by the vacant former Wonder Bread factory building at 641 S Street NW in Shaw, you’d have to wonder, “When will that get renovated and resold… as condos or something?” Greater Greater Washington gives you the history of the building as well as a look at the DC Preservation League, which recently held its 40th Anniversary gala at the site.
More on the Verizon Building Project
14th & You has more details on the recently announced PN Hoffman project for the Verizon building at the northwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW: “The biggest piece of news is that PN Hoffman acquired only the smaller south building for their project, not the larger building to the north.” Give it a read for all the details.