Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy was one of the 24 historic sites that received funding from the Partners in Preservation campaign. Their $50,000 grant will go toward repairing the stone work in the Signature Project area that covers the first 2 acres of the park. They've released these architectural renderings of the stone shed and bridge that are among the structures that need repair due to invasive plants and storm water.
· Thank You! [Official Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy Site]
Welcome back to Real Estate Death Match. In our previous match, the Mt. Pleasant condo came from behind, barely edging out the Adams Morgan competitor. This week, in honor of the final bout of the DC Rollergirls, we're capping the budget at $1600/month and checking out rentals near the Armory where their bouts take place. This is Real Estate Death Match: Sweet Stadium-Armory Studio Edition.
Remember when these boutique condos were on the market for about a nanosecond? Well, S2 Development, the folks responsible for converting that home in Kalorama has converted a former family home in Mt. Vernon Square into four condos. This rags to riches story is a little more dramatic as the interior had been ravaged by a fire before the owner sold it two years ago for the purpose of having the place restored and re-imagined. This is a peak at the interior before the four hit the market on Thursday. Maybe these will even remain on the market long enough for interested buyers to justify going to Sunday's open house. Prices range from $449,900 to $599,900.
· 1135 6th Street NW [S2 Development]
· Sunlit Conversion of a Dingy Rowhouse [CDC]
Oh, the Eisenhower Memorial. It seemed like that design from Frank Gehry to pay homage to the 34th President will be stuck in an infinite loop of arrested development. The design was almost universally panned as everyone from the National Civic Art Society to Ike's own grandchildren find the renderings offensive. Well, on to the next round.
A good stereo system can be a crucial part of any media lover's abode, whether there's a surround sound system or a good network of streaming audio for the more tech savvy home owner. Still, this porch control room outfitted with what appears to be a car stereo is a new one. Also, is that a car radio dial in the corner? At least the future purchaser can't claim that they don't know how to turn up the volume for their imminent rooftop parties. This four bedroom, 2200 sq foot home is asking $799,900.
The words "hydroponic greenhouse" might immediately conjure up images of James Franco and Seth Rogen but Mayor Gray's latest development in Anacostia has nothing to do with the pineapple express. On Thursday, Gray announced in a press conference that he'd be partnering with BrightFarms to build the 100,000 square foot greenhouse farm shown in the rendering above. Groundbreaking is slated for this fall on a project that proposes to create twenty-five full-time jobs and provide fresh vegetables for 5,000 locals. This is particularly helpful for the residents of Anacostia since part of BrightFarms' M.O. is to greatly reduce the distance between the food's source and local grocers and these residents aren't affected by the latest boom of grocery store construction. Furthermore, they're not near of the farmers markets we've mapped.
· Mayor Gray Launches District's Largest Hydroponic Greenhouse Farm in Ward 8 [Office of Mayor Gray]