Tony Cheng’s 5th Street property

In a discussion last week a reader inquired about 925 5th Street NW.

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.

The property is owned by Tony Cheng and assessed at $1.6 million.

Exterior of 925 5th Street NW

“Interior” of 925 5th Street NW

The photos are part of a larger set taken by James “Jad” Donohoe and uploaded to flickr in May of this year. Donohoe Development ultimately was awarded the 5th and Eye RFP in September.

Click on image to view entire 25 photo set

Donohoe Development is interested in acquiring the properties on 5th Street to expand the Arts at 5th and I project towards K Street.

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    si says

    I believe they said they were under contract for the property up to K Street.

    very interesting about the secret under the plywood. lordie just salvage it & reuse it or sell it to brass knob!

  2. 3

    Anonymous says

    Here we go with people missing the point of historic preservation. Even if it ain’t pretty, it may have value to architectural historians. That said, the building is UGG-LY! At least there isn’t a tree growing out of the roof as there was when it had a roof.

  3. 4

    si says

    i guess what im trying to say is its not worth preserving a fug facade for a swatch of cool material. I am all for salvage & adaptive reuse. but of course it depends on the situation. in this case …there is really nothing there.

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    Anonymous says

    From time to time, crackheads, homeless folks, guys just wanting a place to drink, etc… break into this space until 555ers see them and MPD runs them off. It is a violation of DC code to have a vacant building remain without a roof. The lack of the roof allows for the illegal activities. How does Tony Cheng get away with this????