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Permit Needed to Resume Work on Damaged Wisconsin Avenue Buildings

January 18, 2012

As we reported last Thursday, work at 1424 Wisconsin Avenue has been halted. On January 5, D.C.'s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) issued a stop work order because work was being performed without a building permit.

On January 9, inspectors from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office issued their own cease work order when it appeared structural work to the building's façade had also been attempted. That was proven not to be the case, and the DCPL stop work order has since been rescinded. The building collapsed on Thanksgiving Day.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"The initial assessment is that over-excavation of footings at 1424 Wisconsin caused them to give way, and the structural wall came down. There's a need to abate the structural damage." This, according to Helder Gil, DCRA spokesperson and legislative affairs specialist.

Both adjoining buildings (1422 and 1426) have also suffered structural damage. Work will resume when the owners comes forward, and a valid building permit can be issued.

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This is Georgetown too

January 16, 2012

When the weather changes, heating grates and sides of buildings provide a buffer from the elements. I often go to my bank early on weekends when there's less traffic, before thinking about what to cover for The Georgetown Dish in the coming week.

Near the corner of Wisconsin and M Streets (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Near the corner of Wisconsin and M Streets

In fact, I was on my way up Wisconsin Avenue to see if there was any change in the cease work order issued last week at the collapsed building (nope, still boarded up). I had driven past the trolley tracks and water pipe replacement projects near 33rd and O Streets, and snapped a few photos. 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

And then I thought ... it's easy to walk by, but good to remember that in this beautiful, historically unique corner of our capital, politics and commerce and shelter and recreation mean different things to different people.

Reading the Sunday paper (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Reading the Sunday paper


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Class on wheels for area kids, Artmobile delivers

January 14, 2012

Aspiring young Picassos take note. There’s a bus traveling around Georgetown you’ll want to park your paintbrush in. Donated by the Friess family, the bus sports eco-friendly interiors courtesy of Amicus Green Building Center, a design by ACG Architects, and a build by volunteers from award-winning Georgetown-based, Superior Home Services, Inc. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington (BGCGW) now has their very own traveling arts classroom.

Daniel, Jaylund and Jalen checking out the colorful interior (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daniel, Jaylund and Jalen checking out the colorful interior

A billboard of creativity, the Artmobile is covered in cheerful student paintings.

Daniel Steinkoler inspects now artwork (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daniel Steinkoler inspects now artwork

Presented to BGCGW last fall at the ICON Gala, the Artmobile is the brainchild of Daniel Steinkoler, president of Superior Homes Services, Inc.

Alli and Ana working on portrait animations (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alli and Ana working on portrait animations

Designed to bring art where it’s most needed, the mobile studio, equipped for inspiration, is run (literally) by Tony Small, BGCGW artistic director. Dave Rossi, Jelleff Community Center arts director teaches class in Georgetown. The bus travels weekly between BGCGW clubs.

"I like the bus. It's a transportable way for me to express myself." Jaylund told The Georgetown Dish.

Dave Rossi works with Alli on her portrait (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dave Rossi works with Alli on her portrait

As president of the men’s leadership group, Steinkoler raised money for the prototype in the "hopes that it can be replicated wherever it’s needed."

“This was the first thing I did at Superior,” said Katie Kundrotas. “With a background in the performing arts, it’s wonderful to be able to use my experience to help kids incorporate arts in their lives.” Acknowledging how arts programs have been cut severely, she continued, “I grew up when arts were a big deal. This really reaches kids who need it.”

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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