The Triangle in Pictures: Say Goodbye to History

I took this photo just a couple of days ago when I made my periodic trip to the Triangle to check the progress of the Dumont (The building I’ll hopefully be moving into sometime this year). I was struck by the beauty of these derelict structures and really moved by the fact that I could see, in their present state, the many years of experience these buildings had. I could almost see the families that at one point lived in there. The kids playing out on the stoop, domestic noises pouring out the open windows. I became incredibly sad when I realized that soon, they’ll be nothing more than meaningless facades. Completely sanitized and devoid of any life whatsoever, much like the fate of many of Penn Quarter’s historical structures.

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    Anonymous says

    Once you move in the Dumont you will be able to see that most of those buildings are already only façades with trees growing inside… Sad but true…

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    Dino says

    On the flipside, the guy who was previously residing the the un-boarded up basement of the building on the left, who chased after my wife while she was walking the dog, will no longer be there.

    There is merit in maintaining facades and buildings that have historic value, especially if they buildings coincide with significant historical or architectural achievements. Equally, there is merit in ensuring that neighborhood development is carried out in such a way that encourages walking, commerce, and community. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but we should also guard against the Disney-fication of historic properties–that is maintaining a facade for its own sake without providing context for the preservation. Perhaps WSI will see fit to integrate the existing form into whatever development goes there, as there is some precedent in the neighborhood (Spy Museum block, 7th St, etc). However, in this particular case, I would say that the cost of not developing the 5th & I corner is far greater than the benefit of preserving some nice, though not altogether unique, samples of historic architecture.