Thursday, August 11, 2011

Heritage Foundation to Raze Church on Capitol Hill

The Heritage Foundation has been given the green light to raze the former Unity Baptist Church at 426 3rd Street, NE near Union Station on Capitol Hill. The church, located directly behind The Heritage Foundation, was sold in 2004 for $1.3 million. According to a representative, The Foundation does intend to build on the site, however plans are nascent and not available for public disclosure at this time.

Though the church was constructed in 1919, additions were added in the 1960s and '70s which overtook the original fa├žade; due to this, the Historic Preservation Review Board ruled unanimously to support the raze, as the building "no longer contributes to the Capitol Hill Historic District."

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Anonymous said...

Correct address is 424 3rd St NE

Bobbi Krengel said...

So evidently not only is demolition by neglect a viable option, but so is demolition by bastardization.

Anonymous said...

Given the way that building looks, demolition looks like a good option.

Bobbi Krengel said...

That's the bastardization you see--the inappropriate mid-century additions to the front and rear facades. Look at the sides of the original church--now half-buried in asphalt, but clearly visible with stained glass windows and a steeply gabled roof.
I guess anybody can bastardize a building so that it is deemed no longer contributing to the historic district--even faster than neglect.

DCJaded on Aug 15, 2011, 8:42:00 PM said...

Can I oppose it simply cause the Heritage foundation wants it?

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