Sunday, November 11, 2012

Today in Pictures - Washington Harbor


Georgetown's Washington Harbor is coming back to life.  A flood devastated the retail pavilion in March of 2011, when high water in the Potomac filled the parking garage and nearly submerged several restaurants, but restaurants have since been revamping and only one retail bay remains vacant. With several anchor restaurants on the lower level having reopened last month, the harbor is slowly returning to its former glory, or perhaps better, as the fountain - never the best part of the complex - has been reconfigured into a winter ice skating rink.  Owner MRP Realty expects work on the complex to be completed by Thanksgiving.



Tony & Joe's

Tony & Joe's







10 comments:

IMGoph on Nov 11, 2012, 2:18:00 PM said...

that "thing" in the center should be torn down. it's hideous.

Anonymous said...

It's a memorial to Arthur Cotton Moore.

Anonymous said...

Well its flippin' ugly, whoever its dedicated to. I guess bulldozing the whole complex and starting over is not an option?

Anonymous said...

Gotta agree - the building and the column looking thing need to be torn down - both are ugly and do a disservice to a nice waterfront.

Anonymous said...

The building might not be that elegant, but it's a lot more interesting to look at than the Watergate! I'd go by the popularity of the place, which this building and space made happen. If it ain't broke...

Anonymous said...

I do not get the hate for the Georgetown waterfront. As an outdoor space, it happens to function very, very well. So the crowd that goes to Washington Harbor isn't the crowd you want to hang out with? Fine, don't go there. But it's busy most nights of the week and is unequivocally the most vibrant part of DC's waterfront. The idea that it needs to be scrapped is laughable, particularly when there are other parts of the city, particularly along the waterfront, that demand much more attention.

Yes, yes, I know that Georgetown is so 1995 and no one goes there anymore. We get it.

IMGoph on Nov 12, 2012, 5:37:00 PM said...

hey 5:14 anonymous...no one said anything about hating the waterfront. i said the tower looks bad, and someone else said the building isn't their favorite.

unless you're hearing voices, no one was ragging on georgetown or saying it was "so 1995." you okay over there?

JJ said...

I don't think anyone was talking about hating the people there. And no, and its baseless to compare it to the popularity of the Watergate, which has no access to the water and no retail pavilion and is cut off by the highway.

The Washington Harbor is an aesthetic travesty, but we still go because its a place to hang out in Georgetown and enjoy the beautiful vistas.

Anonymous said...

The comparison of the Washington Harbor to the Watergate was purely architectural. Ask anybody there if they think it's a better building than the Watergate, public space aside. My guess is K Street on the Potomac will not fare as well.

Anonymous said...

Washington has this rep for safe, buttoned-up architecture, but if there's a constant in out history it's that each generation itches to tear down some perceived weirdness of the previous one: the Smithsonian Castle, the Old Executive Office Building, the Old Post Office come to mind. Washington Harbor seems to work, at least when they remember to put the floodgates up. Leave it to the next generation to decide whether Moore's Industrial Baroque is straight up kitsch, or just possibly Gaudi on the Potomac.

 

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