Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Don't Reward Demolition by Neglect at 1841 16th Street

Neighors, preservationists and community representatives joined forces Monday, June 15, at a rally to protest demolition of the building located at the corner of 16th and T Streets.

City officials have given notice that they intend to demolish the building because it is in danger of falling down any minute. There are conflicting studies that have been conducted by structural engineers and preservationists want to save the building.

To obtain more information, please contact Rick Busch, President of the Dupont Circle Conservancy at 202.462.0948 or email him at The 3,254-square-foot Dupont home is the “cornerstone” of a series of row houses designed by architect Nicholas Haller, Busch said.

“You should not reward these millionaires for demolition by neglect,” said Rebecca Miller, executive director of the D.C. Preservation League. “These are people who have clearly just flouted the law, and they should not be rewarded for it.”

The Dupont Circle ANC 2B voted unanimously to support the efforts of the Dupont Circle Conservancy and asked DCRA to shore up the building and levy a lien against the property for costs incurred.

Join the fight to save this historic building in our neighborhood!
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