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Preservation Watch: Mapping Historic DC Buildings That Might Be Razed Or Modernized

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Every week, or so it seems, another DC building gets added to the list of places threatened by a potential bulldozer or ambitious developer who wants to cram in as many apartments as possible. The list of old buildings with people fighting to defend them reaches into the dozens but there are always some that rise to the top of the list. Here is our Preservation Heat Map of the ones that are the most contentious right this second. Got any others that everyone is fighting over? Send 'em into the tipline or leave a suggestion in the comments.

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1. Old Post Office Pavilion

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1100 Pennsylvania Av NW
Washington, DC 20004

The Old Post Office is getting remodeled into a fancy hotel by none other than team Donald Trump (with his daughter, Ivanka, taking charge of the project). Everyone is expecting the exterior to be painted in gold leaf trimmings.

2. Corcoran Gallery of Art

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500 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-8574
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The Corcoran muckety-mucks are making moves to sell the building as a cost-cutting measure, so preservationists have filed to have it nominated as a local architectural landmark so a developer can't come in and totally transform the interior (by squeezing in hundreds of apartments, for example). See also: http://www.dcpreservation.org/2012/10/preservationists-file-to-protect-corcoran/

3. Union Station

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50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 289-1908
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Union Station is going to get a huge expansion, including an underground area, that has preservationists worried. The $7Billion project looks too contemporary and will require messing with the existing historic structure, some say.

4. Third Street Church of God Row Houses

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1232 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Third Street Church of God owns these three row houses, but would really prefer to turn them into a parking lot. The HPRB said they could demolish the rear of the building, but that decision was appealed once. So far the Church of God hasn't gotten their wish.

5. K Street & 11th St

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K St NW & 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Douglas Development Corporation owns this building and was paying regular taxes on the building, until a DC blogger pointed it out to DCRA that is should really be paying the rate for a blighted building. Up went the taxes and in went an application for a raze permit.

6. McMillan Reservoir Filtration Site

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North Capitol St NW
District of Columbia, DC

The former water treatment site is a huge expanse of green space with the District that no one can agree on what to do with. Should it be play fields, a rec center, a museum site?

1. Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Av NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Old Post Office is getting remodeled into a fancy hotel by none other than team Donald Trump (with his daughter, Ivanka, taking charge of the project). Everyone is expecting the exterior to be painted in gold leaf trimmings.

1100 Pennsylvania Av NW
Washington, DC 20004

2. Corcoran Gallery of Art

500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

The Corcoran muckety-mucks are making moves to sell the building as a cost-cutting measure, so preservationists have filed to have it nominated as a local architectural landmark so a developer can't come in and totally transform the interior (by squeezing in hundreds of apartments, for example). See also: http://www.dcpreservation.org/2012/10/preservationists-file-to-protect-corcoran/

500 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

3. Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Union Station is going to get a huge expansion, including an underground area, that has preservationists worried. The $7Billion project looks too contemporary and will require messing with the existing historic structure, some say.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Third Street Church of God Row Houses

1232 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Third Street Church of God owns these three row houses, but would really prefer to turn them into a parking lot. The HPRB said they could demolish the rear of the building, but that decision was appealed once. So far the Church of God hasn't gotten their wish.

1232 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. K Street & 11th St

K St NW & 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Douglas Development Corporation owns this building and was paying regular taxes on the building, until a DC blogger pointed it out to DCRA that is should really be paying the rate for a blighted building. Up went the taxes and in went an application for a raze permit.

K St NW & 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. McMillan Reservoir Filtration Site

North Capitol St NW, District of Columbia, DC

The former water treatment site is a huge expanse of green space with the District that no one can agree on what to do with. Should it be play fields, a rec center, a museum site?

North Capitol St NW
District of Columbia, DC