Historic carport?

Last week we had two postings debating preservation of three Victorian rowhouses at the MRP realty 6th & K Street NW site. To my knowledge those rowhouses are not inside the historic district nor are they designated historic structures.

Yet, during the Mount Vernon Triangle WalkingTownDC tour, I learned that the roof of a small building diagonally across the street from the 6th & K Automart is protected. I forget the entirety of the backstory – but the roof at one point was a carport of past structures including a gas station.

While this terracotta roof represent a more rare feature than other old buildings inside our neighborhood possess I’m not particularly impressed. It wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of my personal list to save. What are your thoughts?

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    PQS says

    This whole historic preservation is getting a little extreme. Just because something is old doesn’t mean it should be saved. Whatever happened to progress? Just because someone decided to put an out-of-place roof in years ago doesn’t make it historic.

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    Anonymous says

    Check out 925 5th Street NW. That is the building next to Fun Fair that has no roof and only a facade. Apparently it is allowed to stand because under the plywood at the top is an art deco era material (vitrolite). Apparently it is one of the remaining “examples” of this material’s use in DC. Just because it is hiding under the plywood, do we have to keep a structurally unsound building and crack addict magnet? There is nothing special about that facade. Thoughts people?

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    John Thompson says

    I actually love this building – I think it'd make a great diner with plenty of room for outdoor seating! If I were the owner of Open City or the Diner, I'd be all about this cool, unique space. It just needs someone with a good sense of design to incorporate the existing structure into something new & fresh.

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    fourthandeye says

    @JohnThompson – The building seems far too small to me for the use you are suggesting – No? It might not even be as big as Hodges. If a Diner/Tryst was going to move into an old building in the hood I would think it’d need to be the 1st floor of Louis Rogue or move into the Benjamin Moore space.

    I would love to see such a place move into the neighborhood and complement Busboys. Constantine Stravopoulos wanted to be part of the 5th and I project but did not align himself with the best development bid. With his prospects at 14th and T recent becoming more bleak perhaps he’ll reconsider the Triangle.