Sunday, August 10, 2014

1958: Highway construction on upper North Capitol

Finding information about the widening of North Capitol Street in Bloomingdale has proven to be difficult. In the meantime, if you have not seen this picture from 1958, \you  may enjoy seeing what was happening on North Capitol north of Michigan Avenue.  The McMillan Reservoir is in the upper left hand corner and Catholic University occupies the center area of the picture.

Growing city's highways invade two historic sites. (1958, Apr 02). 
The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Witt-Will truck at McMillan

From the Library of Congress, here is a picture of a DC built Witt-Will truck at the McMillan Reservoir.

National Photo Company Collection  (1910-1935) Library of Congress 

 Evening Star, published as The Sunday Star.; Date: 03-13-1921

I can only speculate that the professional photograph was a publicity shot for the Witt-Will truck, but so far, I have been unable to find it used in advertising.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

1966: SNCC and Marion Barry in Bloomingdale

107 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Thanks to new Bloomingdale neighbor, Jon Mandel,  who is reading the recently published Marion Barry biography on vacation, for tweeting that the book mentions 107 Rhode Island Avenue. The DC chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was headquartered in a rowhouse on  Rhode Island Avenue, and it appears that Mr. Barry lived in the house, as well. Evening Star articles indicate that while the 1966 SNCC bus boycott was organized in this Bloomingdale rowhouse,  the office had moved to U Street by 1967. The earliest use of that address for the SNCC that I have found was in a 1964 Washington Post ad for a hearing on poverty.

 Evening Star, published as The Sunday Star; Date: 01-23-1966

Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 07-07-1966

Barry raps police survey of party site. (1966, Aug 02). The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)

Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 12-13-1966

By Jean R Hailey Washington Post,Staff Writer. (1967, Jan 19). Barry quits SNCC post to aid poor. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)

SNCC settles rent suit, seeks funds. (1967, Jan 31). The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)

Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 03-30-1967

Sunday, June 29, 2014

81 Seaton Place - some of its many lives

In 1913, records indicate a permit was issued to build a store at 81 Seaton Place, the building we know today as Bacio Pizzeria.  (The permit notice in the Evening Star said the permit was for a flat.) The earliest ad found so far, was an ad in search of a barber. By 1918, ads were searching for help in a photographic laboratory.

A 1963 Evening Star article describes an interesting robbery of a Washington Post distribution office.

Evening Star, published as The Evening Star; Date: 10-19-1963;

The building appears to have been for rent when this picture was taken in 2004. There was a Certificate of Occupancy issued in 2008  for an Accounting Office, before the current owner received certificates in 2010 for a Pet Supplies Retail shop and, in 2011, for a 10 seat and 35 occupancy load restaurant. Popular owner Atilla Suzer later closed Green Paws, and expanded Bacio into the upstairs space.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

2014: McMillan Fountain - a closer look

On a beautiful day in the neighborhood, I had the opportunity to get a little closer than ever before to the McMillan Fountain. So, of course, I must now share my little treasure, such as it is.

June 27, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014: The Red Hen wins!

In my occasional effort to document current events of interest that may be of interest in the future, as well, I would like to note that a Bloomingdale restaurant has won two awards. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) annually presents the RAMMY awards, and this year, The Red Hen, which opened April 16, 2013, and its Chef, were big winners. The awards:

New Restaurant of the Year: A restaurant that must have opened between Dec. 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013 and already distinguishes itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service.
WINNER: The Red Hen 

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: The nominee is an “up and coming” chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future. The nominee must have been based in the Metropolitan Washington area for a minimum of two years.
WINNER: Michael Friedman, The Red Hen

Jessica Sidman, who covered the ceremony, also tweeted this about Chef Mikey - 

 · Rising Culinary Star: Mike Friedman of "so glad I got a babysitter tonight"

Eater also covered the awards and offered this tidbit from Mr. Zutants' acceptance speech:
The Red Hen's Sebastian Zutant thanked Rose's Luxury's Aaron Silverman...for not joining RAMW. Otherwise, he figures the critical darling would have taken home the Rammy for Best New Restaurant instead.

As noted in a 2012 post about the building, I hope to find more history on the building where the Red Hen is located, which was permitted in 1898 as part of 101-111 Seaton Place. Which provokes the question, have you ever noticed that the Red Hen's building was built as one of three "double cottages"? If you haven't, it is interesting to take a moment and look at the Seaton side of the building and the two buildings to the west.