Chinese Community Church exterior upgrade complete

The Chinese Community Church at 500 I Street NW has completed it’s exterior remodeling in time for Easter. The upgrade returned the building to it’s roots by discarding a Formstone exterior for the elegant look of brick and sandstone. These improvements to the facade and roof were made possible by a $600,000 donation from the Gould Property Co which will be developing an office building at 600 Mass Ave NW.

1906 image from the Washington Times

July 2007 photo from flickr user Kyle Walton

2008 image from Google Streetview

2009 image taken on Easter

The building has a 155 year history and currently serves as the only Chinese house of worship in the district.

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    pqresident says

    great time travel effect with the photos for this story. I had a good chuckle because the oldest photo links to the Library of Congress archive of the 1906 copy of The Washington Times. what was one of the articles in the Times on that same page as the photo?

    Is Apartment House Building Overdone? Evidently Successful Builders Are of Opinion That There Is Still Room for more, and Continue to Build Them.

    Even in 1906 they were wondering if a bubble was forming. Ha!

    (on the same page houses are listed for sale in Bloomingdale for $4500. what a hoot.)

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    fourthandeye says

    I agree the restoration looks very good. It’s great that Gould released the funds to the church so early. I wish Wilkes/QDC would take a cue from Gould and contribute some funds for the planned improvements to public space sooner rather than later – namely I’m thinking Church Square…

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    Adam City Vista says

    I love the vista now that you see from the north side of Mass Ave, with the Chinese Church and the 6th and I Historic Synagogue. Fantastic for the neighborhood.

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    Anonymous says

    Glad to see the pictures and how this was accomplished. The renovations look great and make a huge difference on that corner!