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neighbors made joint request By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A decision on the Georgetown University campus plan has been pushed back to at least July, as the Zoning Commission extended its filing deadlines by 60 days to allow the school to seek a last-minute

compromise with its neighbors. “I’m encouraged to know that they’re having a constructive enough discussion to need more time to work it out,” said zoning commissioner Peter May. Community leaders have said they’re optimistic about the negotiations, but the discussions so far have remained among university officials, school spokesperson Rachel Pugh said. A previous statement from Pugh implied the school had been in

talks with neighbors since February, which she now says is not the case. The university first asked residents to support its request for a delay in the zoning proceedings just days before last week’s Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission meeting, according to Citizens Association of Georgetown president Jennifer Altemus. “We’re giving a somewhat different report than we had expected,” See Campus/Page 7

Cecil Place plans face another rejection By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Four-year-old Julia Korencsik shows off her decorated Easter egg during the annual Eggstravaganza at Georgetown’s Tudor Place Historic House and Garden on Friday.

The Old Georgetown Board rejected yet another proposal for a condominium at the corner of Grace Street and Cecil Place on Thursday, but said the plans have improved since the last iteration from March. The planned seven-unit, four-level building would replace a tiny parking lot in a section of the neighborhood that was historically industrial. The board, part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, wants to see a smaller building that better reflects that industrial character, according to commission secretary Thomas Luebke. Design changes since March include recessing the main entrance, increasing roof terrace setbacks and removing elements that would hang over Cecil Place. Old Georgetown Board members said Thursday that they wanted to see fewer design embellishments, that there should be no roof terraces and that the building See Cecil/Page 55

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Despite a number of design changes since March, the Old Georgetown Board last week asked for further modificiations.

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A Woodley Park resident is proposing creation of a community garden just inside her neighborhood’s entrance to Rock Creek Park. Lynn Fitzpatrick, who began circulating her proposal for the “Connecticut & Calvert Community & Civic Garden” a few months ago, wants to make use of the open hillside space just off Calvert Street near its intersection with Connecticut Avenue and below the Omni Shoreham Hotel. “It’s the perfect place to create an opportunity for the community to come together,” said Fitzpatrick, who has a background in community redevelopment. She envisions the garden as a way for D.C. residents to work together, as well as a way to educate people

After Spring Valley residents last week complained about traffic and parking congestion stemming from this year’s DC Design House on Rockwood Parkway, event organizers placed “No Parking” signs for event-related vehicles on three streets near the home to try to mitigate concerns. The problem came to a head last week when Spring Valley traffic was slowed to single-lane travel on parts of Rockwood Parkway, Indian Lane and Glenbrook Road due to a high

NEWS ■ Construction begins on Wisconsin Avenue streetscape. Page 5. ■ DCRA agrees to meet with shop owners after license demands. Page 5.

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The community garden, proposed for land near the Omni Shoreham, would need Park Service approval.

about recycling and sustainable eating habits. Filtered graywater from the Omni Shoreham would water the plots, organic gardening techniques would be used, and students from the nearby Oyster-Adams Bilingual School could learn about local food production and gardening techniques in a larger garden setting than their current school garden, she said. See Garden/Page 55

SPOR TS ■ Visitation’s lacrosse team throttles Episcopal. Page 11. ■ Gonzaga hits a grand slam while beating Ireton. Page 11.

REAL ESTATE In wake of population boom, West End goes upscale. Page R1. ■ New website asks for local opinions on vacant parcels. Page R12. ■

volume of trucks delivering furniture to the design house, a monthlong charity event set to open April 14 at 4951 Rockwood Parkway. ■ A LOOK The annual fund- INSIDE: An raiser benefits the emphasis Children’s National on local materials. Medical Center. Advisory neigh- Page R1. borhood commissioners Nan Wells and Tom Smith said at the commission’s meeting last week that residents called them to complain about traffic problems in the area due to trucks parked on See Traffic/Page 43

INDEX Calendar/44 Classifieds/54 District Digest/4 Exhibits/47 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

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Law school plans approved for AU’s Tenley Circle site

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Washington College of Law can relocate from a Spring Valley office building to American University’s Tenley Campus, following the Zoning Commission’s approval of the plans Monday. The site off Tenley Circle — now home to undergraduate dormitories — will hold up to 2,000 law students and 500 faculty and staff members. Construction could begin as early as fall 2013. The approval of the detailed “further processing� plans for the law school comes a month after the commission OKed the university’s full campus plan, which covers the general outlines of this and other university development proposals. As planned, the school will soon begin constructing a North Hall dorm on its main campus, wrapping up the work by next fall. Once North Hall is ready, the school will have enough housing capacity to begin redeveloping the Tenley site — replacing some buildings and renovating others — to accommodate the

law school. The university hasn’t yet said how it will use the current law school site when operations relocate to the Tenley Campus, projected for 2016. The commercially zoned former office building is not part of the campus plan process because universities need zoning approval only to operate in residential areas. Zoning commissioners took just a few minutes on Monday to approve the Tenley Campus plans, which were worked out in a series of public hearings and private meetings. Despite initial trepidation, both advisory neighborhood commissions that abut the site — 3E and 3F — ultimately supported the plans, and a key neighborhood group withdrew opposition after the school agreed to a series of concessions last year. “We appreciate the hard work and time commitment invested by many to achieve this result — especially ANC 3E, ANC 3F, the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association, and numerous others,� the university’s David Taylor wrote in an email yesterday. “We will honor our commitSee Tenley/Page 43

Mayor’s agent opens doors to firehouse redo By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The beaux-arts fire station that has served Cleveland Park since 1916 can enlarge its arched doors to accommodate modern fire engines and ambulances, the city’s preservation arbiter has ruled. The April 3 decision clears the way for a sorely needed renovation of the station at 3522 Connecticut Ave., closed since November 2010 as unfit for human habitation. The order by Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation hearing officer J. Peter Byrne — and approved by planning director Harriet Tregoning — hinges on a relatively new provision in the District’s preservation law: “The operational needs of a public safety facility,� it says, shall have “significantly higher priority than that of historic preservation.� The ruling also caps a long and tortured effort to get approval for plans to renovate the nearly centuryold station — including complete modernization of the interior and a new roof — first proposed in 2004. Efforts initially stalled because of funding and planning problems. Then, in 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized new emission rules for

diesel-powered vehicles, requiring wider chassis on fire trucks that were already having trouble clearing the narrow doors of many older stations. The Cleveland Park station has two distinctive arched bays, surrounded by patterned masonry, that measure only 10 feet wide and 10 feet tall. Because of the added filters required to meet new federal standards, fire officials now say vehicle doors should be 12 feet wide and 12 feet tall to ensure clearance. Renovation projects at other historic District fire stations — including those in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown — are also headed for review by the mayor’s agent. Byrne reviewed plans to widen doors at the Palisades fire station in late March, with a decision still pending. The Palisades and Cleveland Park stations are to be renovated under the same construction contract, and fire officials are eagerly awaiting final approval so work can begin. Interestingly, the clause allowing public safety needs to “trump� preservation was added to city law about a decade ago, when a landmarking battle stalled renovation of the Tenleytown fire station. Testing that clause in Cleveland Park required fire officials to wade through a convoluted legal process. See Firehouse/Page 55

The week ahead Wednesday, April 11

The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a forum on “Shades of Green: Washington’s Emerging Ecodistricts.� Featured projects will include the University of the District of Columbia Sustainability Initiative and the Walter Reed Site Sustainability Plan. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the commission’s office in Suite 500, 401 9th St. NW. Admission is free; contact

Thursday, April 12

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public meeting on the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Division Bus Facility, 4627 14th St. NW. â– The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 4 town-hall meeting to talk about water projects, rates and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW.

Saturday, April 14

The Citizens Association of Georgetown’s block captain program and the Metropolitan Police Department will host a “meet and greet� event with local officers and 2nd District Cmdr. Michael Reese. The event will be held at 9:45 a.m. at the picnic tables on the south lawn at Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW. ■The D.C. Preservation League will hold a forum on “Your Front Yard Might Be a Public Space,� about the history of D.C. public space, its evolution over the past 200 years and the regulations that protect its character. The forum will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. Registration costs $25; visit




Monday, April 16

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public meeting on the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

Tuesday, April 17

The Tenleytown Neighbors Association will host a community meeting to discuss the city’s zoning update now being prepared. Speakers will include Jennifer Steingasser and Arlova Jackson of the D.C. Office of Planning and George Clark, Nancy MacWood and Alma Gates of the zoning rewrite task force. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. ■The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a talk by Georgetown resident Carl Colby about his new documentary about his father, former CIA director William Colby. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW.

Thursday, April 19

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 2 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.

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District Digest New calculations cut D.C. graduation rate

New federal requirements for calculating graduation rates cut the four-year rate for D.C. Public Schools high schools by about 20 percentage points, to 53 percent, according to news releases from the school system and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Factoring in charter schools raises the total graduation rate from public high schools to 58.6 percent. The new system tracks particular graduating classes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the 20102011 school year, students who entered the ninth grade in fall 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than simply counting the number of students who graduate in a given year, the officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release states. In the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release,

Chancellor Kaya Henderson states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the new calculation, we have a clearer understanding of the work we still need to do.â&#x20AC;?

City sprays ginkgos to reduce smell

The D.C. Department of Transportation is spraying the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ginkgo street trees overnight to help prevent the trees from emitting an unpleasant odor, according to an agency news release. The work, which began Thursday, involves the same chemical spray that was used in the past several years, the release states.

Volunteers sought for Rock Creek work The Rock Creek Conservancy is

seeking volunteers to pick up trash along the waterway Saturday morning for its fourth annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, according to a news release. Residents can register online at to participate at one of 30 sites in Maryland and the District. The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Mayor renominates D.C. peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counsel

Sandra Mattavous-Frye, who has served as head of the D.C. Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel since 2010, was nominated for another term on Thursday, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. If the D.C. Council accepts Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice to head the office,



which advocates for consumers on utilities issues, Mattavous-Frye would fill the role through 2015.

American University wins $1,000 for trees

American University was one of five universities nationwide to win $1,000 apiece from the Arbor Day Foundation to pay for planting trees and recruiting volunteers to participate in sustainability-related activities, the foundation announced Thursday. The foundation conducted online voting to determine which five schools would win each of the awards. More than 50,000 votes were cast in total.

Our Lady of Victory principal wins award

Sheila Martinez of Our Lady of Victory School is one of the

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WIS seeks donations of used bicycles

The Washington International School is asking residents to donate used bicycles and spare parts that it will pass along to people in need in the United States and elsewhere, according to a news release. The school is accepting the bicycles next week as part of the Bikes for the World Program, and is requesting a $10 donation per bicycle to cover shipping costs. Email for the schedule of drop-off times or to set up another time to donate a bicycle.

Warehouse to house temporary art space

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Water Street Projectâ&#x20AC;? will bring 11 days of arts events to a Georgetown warehouse at 3401 Water St. starting April 18, according to the Georgetown Business Improvement District. Musical and visual exhibits will feature local and national artists. A multidisciplinary exhibit will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m., and there will be evening programming.


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Shop owners request DCRA meeting after secondhand license confusion By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has agreed to meet with shop owners from the Adams Morgan and U Street area to clear up confusion about an unexpected new strain of license enforcement. Agency head Nicholas Majett will be attending that meeting, scheduled to take place

tomorrow at 2 p.m. Officials have also agreed to hold off for now on enforcing requirements for secondhand dealer licenses, according to agency program manager Heather Vargas. Various shop owners first learned about those requirements last Wednesday, when a regulatory inspector and a Metropolitan Police Department detective stopped by a number of places along 18th Street, U Street and 14th Street, informing owners they had to obtain the

secondhand dealers license within seven days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or face fines of up to $2,000 a day. According to news reports, the officials went to Idle Times Books, Smash Records, Crooked Beat Records, Meep, Treasury and GoodWood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were told they were in violation of the D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondhand dealers law, and that none of them had secondhand dealers license,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Clayton, an attorney representing

Crooked Beat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is the businesses were never advised or informed that they needed this particular license.â&#x20AC;? He added that the license would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty much impossible to getâ&#x20AC;? in the required seven days, given the Easter holiday. The hope is that tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting will help clarify why the inspectors are now placing the stores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which all sell used goods in See Stores/Page 43

Wisconsin Avenue work begins in Glover Park By DAVID GUTMAN Current Correspondent

With crews scheduled to work on Wisconsin Avenue through September, Glover Park residents are concerned about both the pace of change to the corridor and potential traffic problems. A $3.8 million renovation of the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape broke ground April 5. The project is designed to address speeding and pedestrian-safety issues from 34th Street up to Massachusetts Avenue. At a recent public meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; filled to standingroom-only capacity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Andrea Limauro, a Ward 3 coordinator from the Office of Planning, discussed the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background and purpose. In 2006, after a rash of store closings in Glover Park, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh asked city planners to study the issue, Limauro said. They found a wonderful community within the city, but one traversed by a major highway â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wisconsin Avenue. The streetscape project was designed to ease the dichotomy between the community and the major roadway, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This really started from a community request six years ago,â&#x20AC;? Limauro said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time the city does something, we get the question, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Who asked you to do it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a good answer as to who is the community. We rely on your community groups. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a representative diffuse democracy.â&#x20AC;? Advisory neighborhood commission chair Brian Cohen addressed some attendeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns that the project came out of the blue. The Office of Planning and the D.C. Department of Transportation â&#x20AC;&#x153;have been keeping the ANC involved,â&#x20AC;? Cohen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had four to five meetings over the last 18 months. The projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been cooking along for a

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while and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been keeping the community updated, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human nature that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to hit the brakes until you see the car.â&#x20AC;? The streetscape renovation is intended to ease pedestrian crossing; improve the safety of intersections, particularly the one at Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street; and slow down traffic. A transportation study found that on the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stretch of Wisconsin Avenue, motorists average 37 mph in spite of the 25 mph speed limit. Wisconsin Avenue will be transformed from a sixlane road (including two for parking) with no turning lanes into a five-lane corridor with a painted median and left-turn lanes at intersections. If the painted median proves successful, it could become a permanent raised median, though the current project does not include that work. The streetscape project involves changes to Wisconsin Avenue only, not side streets. The number of street lights See Glover/Page 7

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psa PSA 101 101 ■ downtown

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 13th and H streets; bus stop; 3:49 a.m. April 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) ■ 14th and K streets; street; 12:30 p.m. April 5. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1000 block, 11th St.; hotel; 10:30 a.m. April 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 1200 block, I St.; office building; 9:30 a.m. April 3. ■ 1300 block, G St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. April 3. ■ 1300 block, I St.; parking lot; 8:45 a.m. April 4. ■ 1300 block, F St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. April 4. ■ 1000 block, F St.; store; 9:45 p.m. April 4. ■ 900 block, F St.; office building; 11:50 a.m. April 5. ■ 1300 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. April 5.

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■ Gallery place

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Robbery (snatch) ■ 600 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 9:15 p.m. April 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) ■ 800 block, 7th St.; park area; 10:41 p.m. April 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 9:05 p.m. April 2. ■ 1000 block, 5th St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. April 2. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 3:25 p.m. April 3. ■ 400 block, L St.; grocery store; 4:15 p.m. April 3. ■ 400 block, 8th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 6 p.m. April 4. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; drugstore; 10:58 p.m. April 5. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 600 block, E St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. April 4.

psa PSA 201 201

■ chevy chase

Theft (below $250) ■ 5700 block, Broad Branch Road; school; 4 p.m. April 1. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3100 block, Patterson Place; street; 3 p.m. April 3. ■ 3800 block, Military Road; street; 6:15 p.m. April 3. ■ 2900 block, Rittenhouse St.; street; 7 p.m. April 5.

psa 202

■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Stolen auto ■ 44th and Harrison streets; street; 6 p.m. April 3. Theft (below $250) ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.;

store; 7:15 p.m. April 2. ■ 4900 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:20 p.m. April 4. ■ 4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:50 p.m. April 7. ■ 4300 block, Nebraska Ave.; university; 8 p.m. April 7. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 4100 block, Jenifer St.; alley; 3:34 p.m. April 2. ■ 4100 block, Military Road; street; 6:50 p.m. April 3. ■ 5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 10:15 a.m. April 4.

psa 203

■ forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Burglary ■ 3200 block, Porter St.; residence; 3:30 p.m. April 3. Stolen auto ■ 5000 block, Nebraska Ave.; street; 8 p.m. April 1. ■ 2800 block, Quebec St.; parking lot; 4 p.m. April 2. Stolen auto (attempt) ■ 2800 block, Quebec St.; parking lot; 7:30 p.m. April 2. Theft (below $250) ■ 3700 block, Upton St.; medical facility; 2 p.m. April 2. ■ 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 6:21 p.m. April 4.

restaurant; 9:50 p.m. April 8. Burglary ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:40 a.m. April 3. ■ 37th and O streets; university; 6 p.m. April 3. Burglary (attempt) ■ 2700 block, N St.; residence; 1:20 a.m. April 4. Stolen auto ■ 3000 block, K St.; office building; 12:53 p.m. April 4. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 3000 block, M St.; store; 12:15 p.m. April 4. ■ 3100 block, M St.; store; 12:03 p.m. April 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:15 p.m. April 2. ■ 3200 block, K St.; parking lot; 7:15 a.m. April 4. ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:45 p.m. April 4. ■ 2600 block, P St.; store; 11:19 p.m. April 4. ■ 1200 block, 28th St.; restaurant; 12:30 a.m. April 7. ■ 3200 block, M St.; store; 6:10 p.m. April 8. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3000 block, K St.; parking lot; 6:40 p.m. April 3.

psa PSA 207 207

■ foggy bottom / west end

Theft (below $250) ■ 2800 block, Foxhall Road; residence; 10:15 a.m. April 6.

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; sidewalk; 2:09 a.m. April 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) ■ Unit block, Washington Circle; street; 7:30 p.m. April 2. Stolen auto ■ 1400 block, I St.; parking lot; 11:15 p.m. April 3. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 5 a.m. April 1. ■ 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 5 a.m. April 1. ■ 2300 block, M St.; alley; 11:38 a.m. April 1. ■ 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 8 a.m. April 2. Theft (below $250) ■ 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 1 p.m. April 1. ■ 2300 block, M St.; alley; 5:30 p.m. April 1. ■ 1800 block, L St.; hotel; 12:01 a.m. April 3. ■ 700 block, 21st St.; school; 4 p.m. April 3. ■ 2400 block, M St.; office building; 9 a.m. April 4. ■ 2000 block, K St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. April 4. ■ 1400 block, I St.; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. April 6. ■ 1400 block, M St.; hotel; 4:30 a.m. April 7. ■ 2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 10 a.m. April 7. ■ 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:25 a.m. April 7.

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psa 208

psa 204

■ Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 12:50 a.m. April 2. Stolen auto ■ 4100 block, W St.; street; 7 p.m. April 2. Theft (below $250) ■ 3500 block, Garfield St.; school; 3:15 p.m. April 2. ■ 3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 11:20 a.m. April 3. ■ 2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:59 p.m. April 3. ■ 4000 block, Calvert St.; residence; 2:47 p.m. April 4. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3600 block, Lowell St.; street; 6 p.m. April 5. ■ 36th and Lowell streets; street; 7 p.m. April 5. ■ 3200 block, Klingle Road; street; 7:30 p.m. April 5. ■ 3400 block, Macomb St.; street; 10 p.m. April 5. ■ 3200 block, Klingle Road; street; 11:30 p.m. April 5.

psa 205

■ palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

■ georgetown / burleith

Robbery (snatch) ■ 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.;

■ sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Burglary (attempt)

■ 1700 block, Church St.; residence; 4:50 a.m. April 8. Stolen auto ■ 1400 block, N St.; street; 4:15 p.m. April 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:20 p.m. April 3. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 9:20 a.m. April 4. ■ 2000 block, M St.; hotel; 1:30 p.m. April 6. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 12:15 a.m. April 7. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 1:30 a.m. April 7. ■ 1400 block, P St.; store; 4:20 a.m. April 7. ■ 1400 block, P St.; store; 7:50 a.m. April 7. Theft (shoplifting) ■ Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 12:20 a.m. April 4. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1900 block, R St.; alley; 11 a.m. April 6. ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. April 6. ■ 1300 block, 18th St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. April 6.

psa PSA 301 301

■ Dupont circle

Stolen auto ■ 1500 block, Caroline St.; street; 7:15 p.m. April 3. Theft (below $250) ■ 1600 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. April 2. ■ 1700 block, 17th St.; store; 8:30 p.m. April 2. ■ 1700 block, 17th St.; store; 8:05 p.m. April 3. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1800 block, 18th St.; street; 9:30 a.m. April 5. ■ 1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 3:20 p.m. April 6.

psa PSA 307 307

■ logan circle

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1300 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 1:40 p.m. April 2. Stolen auto ■ 1500 block, 10th St.; street; 10:24 p.m. April 7. Theft (below $250) ■ 1100 block, P St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. April 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, 9th St.; street; 12:15 p.m. April 3. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1300 block, 11th St.; alley; 11 p.m. April 1. ■ 1200 block, 10th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. April 2. ■ 1300 block, 12th St.; street; 4:30 p.m. April 3. ■ 1600 block, 13th St.; street; 3:15 p.m. April 5. ■ 14th and Q streets; street; 6:45 p.m. April 5. ■ 1300 block, Corcoran St.; street; 10 a.m. April 7. ■ 1300 block, 10th St.; alley; 1:40 p.m. April 8.

g The Current W ednesday, April 11, 2012

GLOVER From Page 5

will more than double, from 59 to 123, and they will be designed to cast light down, rather than out and up, at the request of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Paul Hoffman, the project manager for wards 3 and 4 at the Transportation Department, tried to assuage concerns that the decrease in lanes would increase congestion. At the meeting, he cited three traffic

CAMPUS From Page 1

neighborhood commission chair Ron Lewis said that night. At the meeting, the neighborhood commission had been ready to discuss the objections it planned to file with the Zoning Commission. Neighbors have opposed the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year campus plan, which they say doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include enough on-campus housing for undergraduate students. Universities in residential areas are required to get zoning approval for their operations, and campus plans spell out future developments and enrollment projections. The Office of Planning has joined community groups in calling for oncampus or satellite housing for all or nearly all Georgetown undergraduates, which remains the primary sticking point in the campus plan. University officials have said in the past that housing all students wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be feasible, and they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet saying publicly what concessions theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prepared to offer in the next 60 days.

studies from three separate firms showing the five-lane format, with a left-turn lane, as more efficient. But Hoffman had no rejoinder to concerns that the construction on Wisconsin Avenue would lead to a surge in speeding traffic on 37th Street, the largely residential road that runs roughly parallel to Wisconsin. He said the city would monitor the situation and react appropriately. Hoffman also said speed bumps are not viable for 37th Street, since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a designated ambulance route. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As an eternal optimist I feel hopeful that we can come to a resolution,â&#x20AC;? Altemus wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While negotiations have not been productive in the past if all parties go into this in good faith then I think we have a chance to make some progress.â&#x20AC;? The school has already introduced measures designed to reduce the impact of off-campus students, such as twice-daily trash and litter pickup, increased security patrols and a late-night shuttle bus. Residents have said those changes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address the larger issue of student group homes disturbing neighbors and damaging the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character. Under the revised timetable approved Monday by the Zoning Commission, the university will file any changes to the campus plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as updates on how those three new services have performed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on June 11, and other parties in the case will respond by June 18. The commission could vote to approve or deny the plan on July 16, but would likely schedule additional public hearings if the plans change substantially.


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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Voting by rank

District residents are still waiting for the final tally that will determine the winner of last week’s primary for the D.C. Council at-large seat: incumbent Vincent Orange or Sekou Biddle. The latter was trailing by 543 votes with provisional and absentee votes not yet counted. Whatever the outcome, neither Mr. Orange nor Mr. Biddle will be able to claim much of a mandate, with only 15.5 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls and neither candidate receiving more than half of the votes. While a runoff election would be costly and unlikely to draw a much higher percentage of voters, we’d like to see the elections board look at a system known as instant runoff voting — in which voters rank a first, second and third preference — that would yield a victor with a majority vote, and a few other benefits besides. A ranked vote would let voters pick a favorite candidate as their top choice even if that person might seem to be the less pragmatic vote. In last week’s race, for example, more voters might have tapped Peter Shapiro if they hadn’t worried about hurting the chances of Sekou Biddle, widely thought more likely to win. In an instant runoff system, that voter would choose Mr. Shapiro as a first choice, and Mr. Biddle as a second. If Mr. Shapiro got the fewest votes, he would have been eliminated and the voter’s ballot would be assigned to Mr. Biddle — no spoiler effect, in other words. That’s not to say that a candidate who does not win a majority will be an ineffective council member. In 2006, for example, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh fell just short of a majority against eight challengers. But a crowded field can easily yield a plurality for a candidate with strong name recognition — Ward 5’s Harry Thomas Jr. in 2006, against 10 challengers — or for a not terribly strong incumbent, as may be the case with Mr. Orange this year. Against a single challenger, such candidates might not fare as well. There’s a lot for District voters to be uneasy about in local politics these days. Having council members who are able to garner a simple majority would be a small but significant item to scratch off that list.

Small-business shakedown

D.C. small-business owners frequently complain about the maze of regulations they must follow and the difficulty in getting assistance from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Big business and developers, they say, get all the respect. We don’t believe that’s often the case, but a recent instance in Adams Morgan and along 14th Street certainly wins small business our sympathies. An agency inspector and a Metropolitan Police Department detective went to a handful of used-goods and vintage shops last week, apparently aggressively questioning shop owners and giving them seven days to obtain a secondhand dealer’s license. We have two quibbles here: First, the secondhand license is typically used to identify stores like pawnshops that could potentially have stolen merchandise, requiring background checks for employees and the recordation of each sale with police. While it’s possible that books, records and vintage duds could be valuable enough to attract thieves, we don’t see much use for these shops to be flagged in such a manner. If the agency wants to start applying this license to these shops, a policy discussion and reasonable notice should surely precede visits from inspectors and police. Second, we find it bizarre that a police detective’s presence was thought appropriate or necessary for the inspections. To some, the visits during which the officials played “good cop, bad cop,” as one shop manager described to a Washington City Paper reporter, smack of a shakedown. Agency and police officials should publicly clarify the chain of responsibility that led to these irresponsible incidents and lay responsibility with staff or management as appropriate. Business owners plan to meet with regulatory officials this week, and we hope some clarity can emerge from what, from nearly every angle, appears little more than an ill-conceived farce.

The Current

Is there a racial divide … ? You look at last week’s voting results from the primary and it’s unmistakable. The mostly white areas of the District voted in the at-large race for Sekou Biddle. The mostly black areas of the District voted in the at-large race for Vincent Orange. The Washington Post published a map that was as stark as it could be. It was similar to the map after the 2010 mayoral race between Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray. With maybe a few slight variations principally around Ward 4, the maps tell the clear story. But last Friday on WAMU 88.5, Biddle kind of shocked some people when he told the “Kojo Nnamdi Politics Hour” that he wasn’t certain there is a racial divide. As guest host, we asked a simple question: “Is there a racial divide?” “Well, so that’s an interesting question,” Biddle began his response. “I don’t know because we don’t know … ” He didn’t finish the sentence because both your Notebook and Washington City Paper Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman — sitting in as the analyst — expressed astonishment. “You don’t know?” we asked abruptly. And now we give you his extended answer. “Well, let’s drill down. We’re looking at where the votes came from and assuming that somehow is a surrogate for who the voters are,” Biddle said. “What I do know, I’ve been across the city and campaigned across the city in front of lots of people and earned lots of votes from various, diverse constituents across the city. “There may be a racial or class divide as we’re seeing in the electorate,” he continued. “There may not be, but I don’t know because I’m not actually interviewing each individual voter to find out who they voted for … .” As we stumbled a moment to verbalize our surprise at his answer, Loose Lips cut to the chase. “I don’t buy that,” he said sharply. We pointed out the census drop in AfricanAmerican residents in the city, concerns about city services, and worries among African-Americans that the city government is less welcoming. We concluded: “There is a concern that the African-Americans are losing out. You don’t see that?” Biddle, who is African-American, responded, “I’m not saying that doesn’t exist, and that in some ways by continuing to harp on it we’re not actually exacerbating that fact. But what I can tell you in this election was the more that I had the opportunity to interact with voters, the more those voters I won over.” Biddle noted that he has a base of black and white voters in Ward 4 because he represented that area as

a school board member. At this point, David Grosso, running in the November election as an independent for an at-large seat, called in to the show. Grosso is white. We asked him: “What do you think about the racial divide in the city? “You know, Tom, I think it’s more of a divide,” he said. “I mean, I’ve been all over the city now over the past seven months knocking on doors, talking to all sorts of people. And the divide is really about people that want change and want a better city and a better government in the District than it is a racial divide.” Grosso pivoted to what he sees as the hot campaign issue — ethics. “What we really want here is, you know, a council with integrity, that can be held accountable and actually do a good job for us, so, I don’t see the racial divide at this point … .” As a reporter, columnist and radio talk-show participant, your Notebook appreciates that candidates for public office want to emphasize positive change and efforts of bringing people together, but it is nothing short of astonishing to us to look at the stark election maps and say, oh, nothing to see here, move along. The next day, Grosso sent us an email. He said, “Politics around race in this city are deep and complicated and commenting on the ‘racial divide’ cannot be summed up in less than a minute.” So, Grosso added this: “Clearly when we look at the primary results there is a divided electorate. In my response on the show yesterday I spoke more from my experience walking the streets, participating in house parties, and out of my vision for a united city than from the actual primary results. In regards to the election results, I hope we can take a moment to also reflect on where the electorate was in 2006 when Adrian Fenty was elected. He won every single precinct because he campaigned on the issues that mattered to every single neighborhood.” Ultimately, he wrote, “if we all work toward a city that listens to one another and treats each other with respect we will thrive, become united, and eliminate divisive attitudes altogether.” Well, Mr. Grosso, that was a much more thoughtful answer. But you and other candidates should realize campaigns are done in the moment, and you won’t get many chances to revise and extend your remarks. They only do that in Congress. ■ A final word. Before our deadline, we tried several times to reach Mr. Orange for his comments. The Board of Elections and Ethics is due to report absentee ballots on Friday, maybe deciding who wins. If it’s still close, there could be a recount or challenge. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Give public financing of campaigns a try

Ward 3 voters at the polls on Tuesday, April 3, seemed eager to sign petitions for Initiative 70, which would ban corporate contributions to campaigns, to appear on the November ballot. Busy residents stopped and listened to volunteers who were posted to explain the purposes of the initiative. They seemed anxious to do something to change what they considered to be a “pay for play” environment in our political process in D.C.

The banning of corporate contributions as outlined in Initiative 70 would be a significant step in the quest for campaign finance reform. But even if the initiative were to pass, the main problem would still remain: Candidates need to raise the funds to get their message out. Banning corporate contributions could even the playing field a bit, but reliance on individual contributors during hard economic times probably will not be enough. There is an answer to this dilemma that gets to the root of the problem. Across the country, Maine, Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico and 22 other states have adopted the public financing of campaigns. Under these sys-

tems, candidates who raise a minimum amount of money on their own to show viability and who agree to abide by spending limits are funded in whole or part by public dollars. A study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute, shows that public financing systems increase the competitiveness of elections by reducing the financial obstacles that deter potential candidates. The public financing of elections is an achievable goal. It will just require political will — the will of D.C. residents, and the will of the D.C. Council. Shelley Tomkin Chevy Chase

The Current

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AU campus plan proceedings show government dysfunction Come

VIEWPOINT thomas m. smith


he zoning proceeding on American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan is a case study in local government dysfunction at all levels. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning commissioners fumbled through the campus plan proposal for nearly a year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; overwhelmed by its massive scale, and never demonstrating a command of its details even as they cast their votes approving the unprecedented expansion. Objections to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan were met with indifference despite strong evidence offered by neighbors that the proposed growth would radically alter the residential character of the surrounding neighborhood. Prior to adopting the plan, commission chair Anthony Hood acknowledged being â&#x20AC;&#x153;unpreparedâ&#x20AC;? because he failed to read filings by groups opposing the plan. Commissioner Konrad Schlater voted by proxy prior to final deliberations. Commissioner Michael Turnbullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repeated reaction to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan was: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can live with that.â&#x20AC;? Of course, he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to live with it, and residents will have no way to hold Turnbull accountable. He is one of two federal appointees on the commission, with no stake in the outcome. University administrators in effect gave neighbors no choice but to oppose the plan. The school was unwilling to engage in meaningful dialogue with residents affected by the proposed expansion. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D and community groups made numerous appeals to the school and were either rebuffed or met with proposals that were even more objectionable. Nevertheless, the lack of critical review by the zoning commissioners allowed the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team of attorneys, architects, transportation consultants and public relations professionals to dictate the outcome. American also got unexpected help from the District Department of Transportation and the Office of Planning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two city agencies that are required to conduct independent reviews of the campus plan. Both operated as extensions of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paid professional team. The Transportation Department stood by as the school rigged a required transportation analysis. American University pre-set the outcome by limiting the streets included in the scope of the study, so as not to include all universityrelated traffic. American also relied on data from a faulty U.S. General Services Administration-funded Ward Circle traffic study. Short of institutional memory, the transportation agency even embraced the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument that traffic con-

ditions in the Ward Circle area improved over the last 10 years and would not be affected by growth. (Only a year earlier, the same department had proposed tunneling under Ward Circle to address worsening congestion and safety issues.) Residents were so alarmed by the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oversight of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation analysis that they reached out to director Terry Bellamy, who grudgingly agreed to a meeting last October. Bellamy seemed surprised by his own staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analyses. He said he would review the issue and then convene a follow-up meeting with residents. Residents are still waiting to hear from Bellamy. The Office of Planning also turned a cold shoulder to the community. In a meeting with director Harriet Tregoning, residents were stunned when she pressed for more commercial development on residentially zoned property in the neighborhood. Planning staff also misled residents that the agency would push to significantly downsize the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan. Yet in testimony before the Zoning Commission, staff members dismissed residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth and even mocked neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; objections. The planning staffers also acknowledged failing to read filings made by neighbors. This zoning case raises new questions about the leadership of Bellamy and Tregoning and whether they are up to the job of managing transportation and land-use policies that promote livable residential communities throughout D.C. Residents appealed also to local lawmakers for help, including the mayor and D.C. Council members. Some lawmakers chose not to engage with residents, saying the zoning process is independent of the mayor and the council. Yet land-use and transportation policy are the domain of the mayor and the council. Three of the five zoning commissioners are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council. Both the mayor and the council share oversight of agencies, like planning and transportation, that shape outcomes at the Zoning Commission. The council failed to provide the oversight of those agencies that residents sought and that is still needed. As reports of ethical problems mount, a disaffected public cannot help but hope for a local government makeover. When it comes to working for the people, local lawmakers and the agencies they protect are shortchanging the taxpayers and, in turn, putting residential neighborhoods at risk. Thomas M. Smith is a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D representing neighborhoods surrounding American University.

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report, including discussion of a recent assault at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. â&#x2013;  discussion of a grant request by DC Greens. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution opposing the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget proposal to extend liquor service hours in bars and restaurants. â&#x2013;  discussion of a request from Bourbon, 2348 Wisconsin Ave., for a letter of support to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration regarding the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed expansion into the next-door lower level and patio. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed D.C. Department of Transportation changes to parking signs in the 1900 and 2000 blocks of 37th Street. â&#x2013;  discussion of an amended voluntary agreement with Breadsoda, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. â&#x2013; Â consideration of a resolution in favor of comprehensive rent control reform legislation. â&#x2013;  update on the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project. â&#x2013;  open forum. â&#x2013;  consideration of modified grant guidelines. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 4 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners toasted Ann Heuerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement after 30 years on the commission with a cake and champagne after the meeting. â&#x2013;  organizers from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2012 presented information on the 39-mile walk that will take place on May 5 and 6, which will take participants through parts

Citizens Association of Georgetown

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the West Heating Plant on 29th Street near the Four Seasons. It felt like something out of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terminatorâ&#x20AC;? movie: Ten stories of old machinery in a dimly lit space with no one around. Very eerie. It was built in the 1940s in order to provide heat to federal buildings in Northwest D.C. (including the White House and State Department), but it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been used in more than 10 years. For that reason, the General Service Administration is in the process of selling this massive property. There are many steps that must be taken before that can happen, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost done. Officials expect the heating plant will be offered in an online auction in September. I know that several developers are interested in it, and I know that the Four Seasons would love to annex it to its current plot. From what I saw, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to cost a fortune to redevelop. But the views from the rooftop make it all seem worthwhile. Since the property abuts Rock Creek Park, our association and the Friends of the Georgetown Waterfront Park would like to see part of the property converted into parkland, as was contemplated in the original Georgetown Waterfront Park plan adopted by the National Park Service. Ideally, the General Services Administration would include this as a condition of the sale, but so far officials havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seemed to be going for that. They plan to put the property up for sale and be done with it. When the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new director, Dan Tangherlini, worked for the District, he was involved with and supportive of the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hopeful that support will continue in his new role. With such little opportunity for more green space in Georgetown, we feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to keep close tabs on this project. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to seeing the ideas that are proposed. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jurisdiction. The walkers will use sidewalks only, and race organizers said the route would be in local neighborhoods only on May 5, from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the 10th year the walk has been held in D.C., and organizers encourage residents to put up signs and come out to cheer on participants. Commissioners voted 9-0 to support the walk. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-0, with two commissioners absent, to support a zoning variance application for 3709 Corey Place. The property owner seeks to add a family room and bathroom to the first floor of the home. Commissioners lauded the homeowners for reaching out to neighbors for feedback and support, including obtaining signed letters of support for the addition. â&#x2013;  representatives from Wesley Theological Seminary made a presentation to the commission on a significantly revised campus plan. In attendance was seminary president David McAllister-Wilson along with the architect and land-use attorney. Commissioners and members of the community gave high praise to Wesley and its collaborators for working closely with neighbors of the campus as well as neighborhood groups to address their concerns, which included building design, landscaping and traffic-calming measures. Commissioners voted 5-0-2 to support the new campus plan. Commissioners Ann Haas and Kent Slowinski abstained; Nan Wells and Deon Jones had to leave the meeting early. The matter will next go before the Zoning Commission at an April 19 hearing. â&#x2013;  commissioner Lee Minichiello gave an update on the voluntary

agreement with restaurant La Forchetta. Members of the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association have appealed a decision by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that invalidated the voluntary agreement. Commission chair Stuart Ross said the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision on the matter could have citywide implications for all neighborhood commissions and their voluntary agreements with area establishments. â&#x2013; a woman speaking on behalf of the owner of Town Square Gourmet, at 4418 MacArthur Blvd., asked the commissioners to support the renewal of the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer and wine license. The shop came under scrutiny after a recent WUSA Channel 9 news report alleged that the shop sold liquor to underage patrons. The commission encouraged the owner not to speak at the meeting as it could incriminate him. Despite saying the matter was â&#x20AC;&#x153;complicated,â&#x20AC;? the commission voted 7-0 to protest the renewal so that it could officially have a say before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. â&#x2013;  commissioners objected to a provision in Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget that would allow bars and restaurants to stay open an hour later, shifting the rule from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m., and would allow for retail stores to start selling liquor at 7 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. They agreed to convey their opposition to the D.C. Council ahead of an April 17 hearing. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit


Athletics in Northwest Washington



April 11, 2012 ■ Page 11

Gonzaga Eagles edge Bishop Ireton Cardinals on the diamond By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

Senior outfielder Peter Davis stepped to the dirt-covered plate and scanned Hamilton Field. At every base, a Gonzaga teammate sat ready to sprint at the sound of his bat, as the team clung to a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. A minute later, Davis launched the ball deep to center field. Both dugouts went silent as they watched the trajectory, which appeared to be headed for a Bishop Ireton glove. A Cardinal jumped with an outstretched arm, but the ball found its place just behind the fence. Grand slam. “I was just trying to do what was best for my team,” Davis said with a smile — and the demeanor of someone who had just hit a sacrifice bunt. The Eagles dugout erupted with a sea of purple as the scoreboard now read 10-5. But in the seventh inning, Gonzaga’s elation turned to desperation as the Eagles nearly bobbled the game away, before eventually pulling out a 10-9 win Saturday afternoon in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. In contrast to the sudden burst of excitement with one swing of Davis’ bat, the seventh was a slow buildup for Ireton and a period of agonizing torture for Gonzaga. Gonzaga junior Pat Lynn kicked

off the inning by hitting an Ireton batter for a walk, followed by two straight singles. Lynn, with his sidearm delivery, managed a strikeout before allowing another walk, which pushed the score to 10-6. After another single went past Lynn’s outstretched glove and cut the lead to 10-7, Eagles coach Andy Bradley pulled the righty for senior Stephen Harrs. But more bad luck struck Gonzaga after catcher Quinn Fleming failed to corral a wild pitch that ended up lodged in the cage, earning Ireton another run. Still, Bradley found positive aspects in his team’s play. There were “a lot of simple mistakes that could have been avoided, but a game like that can turn things around for our team,” said Bradley. “We were able to pull out the win, and I think good teams find ways to win.” Early on, Gonzaga’s defense shut down the Cardinals and the Eagles grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Designated hitter Jamie Cooper, a senior, hit a double to score outfielder Jack Evans. After Fleming grounded out, Davis hit another deep double to center field to score Cooper. But when the third rolled around, the Cardinals took advantage of a slew of Gonzaga errors to tie the game at two. Gonzaga managed to regain the lead when junior shortstop Jimmy

The Eagles hit a grand slam en route to a 10-9 victory over Bishop Ireton Saturday. Davis’ hit was dropped for a double. But the Eagles continued to hurt themselves, letting the Cardinals tie the game at 3-3 on a slow throw from center field and a hustle play gone bad in the fourth inning. The Eagles’ Fleming trapped Ireton’s third base runner in a rundown, with Lynn barely catching

him at home plate. Lynn attempted to make the double play at third, but the ball sailed over Fleming’s glove and Ireton had its first lead of the game. Bradley told his team they were “playing scared,” and then Gonzaga roared back with a 3-1 run before Davis’ slam. And for Bradley, it was the response to those errors and

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miscues that was more revealing than the final score. “I just think a lot of our guys, our seniors in particular, stepped up today, and when those guys step up and lead by example, the rest of the team is going to follow,” said Bradley. “And that’s what happened — they showed a lot of fight. I think this game reveals character.”

National Cathedral softball demolishes St. Andrew’s By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Eagles sophomore pitcher Sarah Ing racked up eight strikeouts, above, and hammered in a home run, right.

National Cathedral pitcher Sarah Ing took the mound with poise and confidence Thursday. The Eagles’ usual starting catcher, Kinza Baad — who called the pitches to Ing from the dugout — was out with an injury. But Ing was unflappable against St. Andrew’s. The sophomore ace had eight strikeouts, launched a home run and batted in three runs during National Cathedral’s 15-0 landslide win over St. Andrew’s. The officials ended the game in the third inning as part of a mercy rule. “Ing is just on fire,” Eagles first-year head coach Anya Adams said. “She can read batters really well; she knows when to go after them, and when to throw a certain pitch. She has a great mental game. She’s just an overall extremely well-rounded pitcher.” The sophomore pitcher gave a lot of credit to Baad’s pitch calling and freshman catcher Sarah Lipson, who stepped into the starting lineup. “This is Sara Lipson’s first time playing softball and catching,” said Ing. “She’s doing a remarkable job; she’s really willing to learn.”

Sheila Handler finished with three RBIs, while Emily Larson added four more. Although the Eagles are in the lower Independent School League ‘A’ division, their impressive 2-1 record against upper-division squads make them look like a team that can compete with just about anyone. Among the team’s recent wins was their 5-1 victory defending ISL ‘AA’ champion Visitation. “We do an amazing job of being coachable and making adjustments on the spot,” said Adams. “Our pitching this year has been phenomenal. Our hitting is improving each

game.” On the Eagles’ first at-bat of the game Thursday, Lipson hit a lead off single, and then stole second base to set the tone offensively. Emily Larson was up next, scoring Lipson to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. By the end of the first inning, National Cathedral held a commanding 4-0 advantage. In the bottom of the second inning, Ing effectively put the game out of reach by hitting a low line drive over second base that traveled to the edges of the outfield, giving the Eagles a commanding 7-0 lead. At the end of the second inning, Adams had to dismiss three players with conflicting schedules. “One of the things I had to get used to here at NCS was some [players] are choristers,” said Adams. “They sing at the Cathedral and have a very vigorous practice schedule and performance schedule, just like we do.” While those three Eagles made music in the Washington National Cathedral, the softball team continued to hum on the field. The Eagles’ relentless offense kept up the attack, reaching a 15-0 advantage to force officials to call the game. Next up, the Eagles will host Episcopal Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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Visitation lacrosse continues its torrid pace By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

So far this season, several teams have hung with Visitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse team for the first couple minutes of play. But by the final whistle, each time, the Cubs have mauled the competition. That was once again the case Wednesday at Episcopalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hummel Bowl in Alexandria, where Visitation steamrolled the Maroon 19-5. The Cubs are now a perfect 7-0, including a 1-0 record in the Independent School League. Cubs junior attacker Mary Patalita, who plans to play for the College of the Holy Cross, led the offensive surge with four goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She remains a consistent, powerful force for our attack,â&#x20AC;? said Cubs coach Aubrey Andre. But Visitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense was far from a one-person show. Riley Christopher, Kelly Myers and Ana Hagerup scored three goals apiece. Christopher also led the squad with three assists. Early on, Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like it would be a blowout. Visitation took the first 10 minutes of play to settle into the game while keeping pace with Episcopal and tying the game at two. But with 11:37 to go in the first half, the Cubs offense found its groove and went on a 4-0 scoring run over the next five minutes or so to take a 6-2 lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as was the case with Episcopal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we started with the slower pace: moving through plays, taking time off the clock and taking poor shots,â&#x20AC;? said Andre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we eliminated the set play, the team scored faster and a lot.â&#x20AC;? Just as Visitation was on the verge of taking total control of the game, the squad faced adversity when junior midfielder Riley Christopher picked up a yellow card to force the Cubs to play short-handed. But when Christopher returned to the game, she made up for the penalty in a big way. First, the junior held the ball on the edge of the crease. Instead of forcing a shot, she dished it to sophomore attacker Grayson McPhee, who fired into the cage to put Visitation ahead

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Eagles junior cornerback Devin Butler announced via Twitter April 3 that he has committed to play for Notre Dame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;M COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME!!!! #GOIRISH,â&#x20AC;? Butler wrote. In subsequent tweets, the junior thanked his teammates and his parents for helping him through the process.

Coolidge senior basketball player to compete in annual Capital Classic

Colts senior guard Khalen Cumberlander was selected to play in the Capital Classic All Star basketball game last week.

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Good Counsel 1, Gonzaga 0 Maret 10, Sidwell 7 St. Albans 12, Episcopal 2 Pau VI 8, Gonzaga 0 St. Albans 12, Episcopal 2

Riverdale Baptist 13, GDS 0 Potomac School 5, Maret 3 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10, Spalding 9 Riverdale Baptist 10, Maret 3 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3, Good Counsel 2 Reservoir 6, St. Albans 3 St. Albans 10, Westminster 9 Wilson 8, Maret 5


Flint Hill 7, National Cathedral 1 Episcopal 21, Sidwell 12

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Riley Christopher, left, scored three goals while dishing out three assists.

7-2. Then, Christopher struck again with 14 seconds to go before halftime when she cut through the 8-meter zone and scored to give the Cubs an 8-3 lead at halftime. In the second half, it was all Visitation. The Cubs dominated the draw, winning 72 percent of the possessions. Visitation used the extra opportunities to outshoot Episcopal 42-7 while outscoring the Maroon 8-2 in the final half. Although Visitation scored an impressive 19 goals, the squadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting percentage was only 45, a stat the Andre hopes to improve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can no longer take 42 shots resulting in 19 goals. Our shooting percentage must improve if we plan to compete at a high level. â&#x20AC;Ś We must have had at least 15 shots that went wide,â&#x20AC;? said Andre. The Cubs will play three nonconference games this week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; against Loyola Academy from Illinois, Notre Dame Prep from Towson, Md., and Archbishop Carroll in Pennsylvania. The senior led Coolidge to a perfect 14-0 record in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association, a 29-8 overall record and the City Title game. Cumberlander, who will play for Central Connecticut State next season, averaged 16.8 points per game for Coolidge this season. The Capital Classic will be played at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria on April 21.

Longtime Roosevelt athletic director, football coach announces retirement

Daryl Tilghman, a fixture at Roosevelt for 24 years, earlier this month announced plans to retire. He graduated from Roosevelt in 1984, returning three years later as an assistant football coach. Tilghman took over as the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic director and football coach in 1995. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was time to move on to do something else,â&#x20AC;? Tilghman told The Washington Post. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here doing this 24 years and I thought it was time.â&#x20AC;? The move was effective immediately.

Madeira 12, Georgetown Day 7 National Cathedral 15, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 GDS 13, Potomac School 0

Boys lacrosse

Maret 8, Sandy Spring 3 Paul VI 6, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 Gonzaga 14, Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Latin 13 Coronado 7, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3 Saint James 8, Georgetown Day 6 Sidwell 13, Sandy Spring 3 Episcopal 10, St. Albans 1

St. Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-Belfield 6, St. Albans 4 St. Albans 8, Potomac School 3

Girls lacrosse

Flint Hill 16, National Cathedral 8 Potomac School 13, Sidwell 8 Saint James 14, Maret 12 Visitation 19, Episcopal 5 Flint Hill 14, Georgetown Day 3 Holton-Arms 9, Maret 5 Sidwell 17, Madeira 6 Cathedral 14, Potomac School 12

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On March 23 through April 2, Aidan Montessori School had our spring break. We interviewed kids about what they did for spring break. We asked Eva Sophia Shimanski, a fifth-grader, what she did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to Paris,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Mona Lisa,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which was behind glass. I also saw Notre Dame, which is a big cathedral.â&#x20AC;? We also asked Lukas Leijon, a fifth-grader, what he did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stayed


home, then went to a Georgetown Day School camp. It was a superhero camp but I wanted to be a villain,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And over the weekend I had sleepovers.â&#x20AC;? Then, we asked Alexandra Bullock, a fourth-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went on a cruise to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were lots of towns that I visited that I walked in for a long time.â&#x20AC;? Ariel Garfield, a sixth-grader, went to New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to the

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Lego store with my cousins. We went to the American Girl store, and it was bigger then I thought it would be. I also went to FAO Schwarz with Alana and went to Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy Bar. It was very overwhelming.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alana Hodge, fourth-grader, and Eva Gondelman, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

Recently, I visited the White House to be part of the official greeting for United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. My brother and I woke up really early. I was very excited. After going through three lots of security, we walked down to the South Lawn to be part of the ceremony. On the way there, I spotted all sorts of interesting things, including the first familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog, Bo. Being this close to the White House was thrilling, but to think I might shake a world leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand was awesome. We watched old-fashioned soldiers do forms and then heard the national anthems of both countries. After that, we got to see President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Prime Minister Cameron and Mrs. Samantha Cameron appear on the stage. Before the speeches, the leaders walked around to inspect the troop, then came toward all of the schoolchildren. At this point, I was totally thrilled. I waited for my turn for my hand to be shaken, first by President Obama. I was in awe. After that, Prime Minister Cameron came along and not only shook my hand but also asked me what country I was from, I replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;England, sir.â&#x20AC;? I would have given him a full explanation but there was not

enough time. After the meet and greet, each of the leaders gave a speech. The speeches were entertaining and contained several jokes, such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We speak the same language â&#x20AC;Ś most of the time.â&#x20AC;? I was very impressed with how Prime Minister Cameron not only gave his speech, but also replied to the words President Obama had just spoken. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlie Lane, Year 5 York (fourth-grader)

Kingsbury Day School

On April 12, the 12th-grade environmental science class from Kingsbury Day School investigated the water quality of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsored this trip. The students learned the importance of protecting these two rivers from various pollutants. They checked the water for its temperature, turbidity and deposits of chemical pollutants. These rivers are polluted from the output of factories and agricultural residues. The temperature of the water was warmer than expected, probably due to the warm spring. This warmer water confuses fish migration patterns. Although the Anacostia River has a history of being extremely polluted, the water is becoming cleaner. Surprisingly, several different types of fish such as bass and catfish were caught. This a good sign that the Anacostia River has become less polluted. The class learned the importance of protecting the water quality of local rivers. This includes not depositing trash into the rivers and also planting sea grasses along the rivers to prevent erosion. This was a

very worthwhile trip. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eddie Foreman, 12th-grader

Maret School

First-graders visited Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boathouse. Maret science teachers planned the trip through a program called Living Classrooms. Living Classroom teachers taught us about pollution, litter and animal habitats along the Potomac River. On the field trip, we split up into three groups and three stations. At one station, we played with a model of rural and urban land use. We talked about the city and the country and animals, plants, wetlands and crops. Using the model, we could see how water runoff is affected by litter, cars, oil and gas, buildings and, of course, trash in both urban and rural areas. Another activity was hiking. We walked near the canal and we searched for living animals in the water and on land under logs. We noticed live fish, bugs and people fishing. We also picked up trash. In the trash, we found glass, pottery, plastic bottles and a Hula-Hoop. In another group, we drew pictures that represented what we would build along the river. Using our pictures, we told the story of how trash gets carried along the river if people are not careful where they put it. We had a picnic lunch with our friends with cookies for dessert. We were careful to be part of the solution, not the pollution. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Wallaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-graders

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West End enjoys population rise

In D.C., rising market survives low inventory

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


ack in the mid-1970s, city planners were worried about the West End neighborhood. It was underdeveloped, with a high concentration of parking lots, garages and muffler shops. New growth was encouraged, but by the mid-1980s, some complained that the emphasis on mixed-use development had resulted in an area with too many high-end hotels and not enough residential buildings. Today, the neighborhood’s many hotels and restaurants define the burgeoning area in a positive way: It’s known for its hospitality, mainly of the five-star variety, and many local residents and business owners say they wouldn’t want to live or work anywhere else. Tucked between Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, the West End is bound by N Street in the north, K Street in the south, 20th Street in the east and Rock Creek Park in the west. The neighborhood is within walking distance of the White House and the Kennedy Center and a short stroll from Georgetown and Dupont Circle. There are Metro stops in Foggy Bottom and Dupont. “As someone who has lived in D.C. my

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The Columbia Residences, above, was once a hospital. At left, the Trader Joe’s on 25th Street has provided a strong anchor.

whole life and settled in the West End in 2002, it has been amazing to see the neighborhood come alive,” West End advisory neighborhood commissioner Rebecca Coder wrote in an email to The Current. “With the few thousand housing units built over the past decade, it now has a great mix of residents, visitors and businesses, including some exciting retail options.” The population in the West End has increased significantly over the past decade, especially in the 25- to 35-year-old age group. Coder’s single-member district has

about 4,000 residents, as compared to the standard 2,000 per commissioner, so her district will be divided and will gain a new seat on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, which also serves Foggy Bottom. Among neighborhoods west of 16th Street, it has experienced by far the greatest population expansion. Luxury condominiums and high-end rental units prevail in the West End. You won’t see many single-family homes or row houses here, and Realtors say the few condos that come on the market are typically snapped up quickly thanks to demand. Most condos and rental apartments are one- and two-bedrooms; fewer are studio apartments. See West End/Page RE19

sk a local Realtor to assess the current market in Northwest D.C., and you’re likely to hear about a recent run-in with multi-

ple offers. Nora Burke of McEnearney Associates, for instance, had a listing on Davenport Street in American University Park that attracted seven offers and sold for almost 10 percent above the asking price. “If things are priced well and show well, they’re moving briskly,” she said. The re-emerging phenomenon — commonplace in the heated market of the middle of the last decade — isn’t restricted to single-family homes. Ben Dursch, an associate at Best Address Real Estate, saw a Logan Circle condo listing of his go under contract after four days on the market. The junior one-bedroom unit — a full renovation that he designed and supervised himself — drew 11 offers and sold for well over the $225,000 list price, he said. “You have a trifecta there — it was the right time of year, it was priced right, it looks great,” Dursch said. For Realtor Lindsay Reishman of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate, similar factors brought “tremendous interest” in a sixSee Market/Page RE18

In 2012 Design House, midcentury grows up By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer


Photo by Robert Radifera

This orangerie takes its name literally: Kelley Proxmire shows how to use Pantone’s color of the year — tangerine — in a sophisticated space.

ouring design homes can sometimes feel like dropping in on a fractious family: Spaces clash instead of flow, and visitors emerge overwhelmed by the visual cacophony. Not so at the 2012 DC Design House in Spring Valley. While the 23 designed spaces — open to the public April 14 through May 13 — are clearly the works of different creative minds, there are visual threads that carry visitors through the large home built in 1956 by W.C. & A.N. Miller, now offered for sale by Washington Fine Properties.

One important link is not a color or fabric but provenance: In many rooms, art and accessories have been sourced from local artists and artisans. The home’s entry introduces the trend with artist and designer John Matthew Moore. The McLean, Va.-based artist installed his own large-scale, graphic work “Three Swans” on one wall, while bringing in a midcentury modern vibe with window treatments of his own design on the other. Maintaining his aim — a “dramatic but calm” tension — while gesturing at the home’s vintage also led Moore to local lighting designer Rick Singleton. Though Singleton is responsible for a few pieces in the design house, it’s the See Design/Page RE26


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decades as a gallery entrance in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Topped by a fanlight and featuring a large locking mechanism that locals will associate with school trips to Mount Vernon, the piece is surprisingly suited to the scale and feel of this much newer home. Opposite the parlor and also floored in the red oak that runs throughout, the dining room is a stunning example of the work of decorative painter Malcolm Robson. Here, Robson painted wainscoting to complement the 19th-century French marble mantel that the Fowlers installed. One of the advantages of newer homes, buyers know, is that conveniences are already in place. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a first-floor marble-clad powder room here, for example. And the kitchen is a large, light affair, rather than the cramped, backof-the-house room found in older homes. Pardoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for salvaged materials shows up here in the butternut beams and 19th-century bricks used in an oven niche; the Fowlers added a centuryold butcher block from a local shop that will remain as the kitchen island. For casual, family meals, a spot just off the kitchen will be a favorite. In this sunlit breakfast room, moldings are rendered in a green that will again remind many of

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This seven-bedroom, 5.5-bath property in Kent is priced at $2,495,000. Mount Vernon visits, as will the pegged wood floors and an 18thcentury white pine overmantel and fireplace surround. Victorian-era carved-oak screen doors lead to the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flagstone-ringed swimming pool as well as a classic garden lined in boxwoods and featuring several secluded sitting areas. One more showstopper remains on the ground floor: a large living room that is perfect for parties. The Fowlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; early-19th-century wallpaper depicting rustic Italian scenes has been removed and will be sold at auction, along with many other pieces from the Fowlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collection, on April 18 and 19 by Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, whose realty arm is linked to this listing as well. But several conversation pieces remain, including an exuberant 18th-century door frame complete with columns, architrave and pediment. The pieceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gray and gilt color scheme is picked up in the rest of the room, including in an






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There are other useful spaces here, including a laundry, bedroom and bath. Though the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper levels donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feature the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antiques in the same quantity, these are large, livable spaces with the same duet of hardwood floors and substantial moldings. On the second floor, five sizable bedrooms and three baths wait. The master suite, of course, is the centerpiece, with a huge, sunny bedroom overlooking the pool. A sitting room on the opposite side of a Juliet balcony is another spot teeming with natural light, and a fireplace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with an antique mantel, of course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; undoubtedly makes this room a favorite come winter. The large master bath and dressing area, like the other baths on this See Kent/Page RE21



18th-century mantel and wainscoting and wood trim expertly painted by Robson to resemble the mantelpieceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stone. Three sets of French doors sport brass fittings that play off the antique door frameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gilded highlights and offer access to the sitting area and pool beyond. More entertaining space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also certain to spark remarks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sits downstairs and can be accessed from behind the parlor, where a bar and a curving, salvaged-brick stairwell wait. Downstairs, a huge, Tudor-themed multipurpose room centers on a enormous fireplace and includes booth seating. A second bar encloses a medieval-look rounded door, for a party space thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blast from the past, to be certain, but is also too much fun to change.





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From country estate to condos â&#x20AC;Ś The transformation of McLean Gardens By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


he McLean Gardens complex today seems like relatively modest real estate next to some of the more ornate single-family homes in historic Cleveland Park, and within Washington in general. Thirty-one World War-II-vintage condo buildings make up the wooded, 43-acre site. But the history of McLean Gardens, from its days as a lavish country estate to its land-use and tenants-rights battles of the 1970s, is one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most complex and intriguing stories. John Roll McLean purchased the 75 acres that includes todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s McLean Gardens in 1898. The wealthy tycoon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who owned The Washington Post and The Cincinnati Enquirer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; converted the property into the spectacular â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friendship estate.â&#x20AC;? The name came from the original 3,124-acre tract, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friendship,â&#x20AC;? that encompassed the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; named so because two friends, Thomas Addison and James Stoddert, shared it. The land was subdivided throughout the 1700s and 1800s. The first development in the McLean Gardens area was a simple home that eventually came

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McLean Gardens today features some traces of its past as an elaborate country estate, including statues and a cherub fountain now on Porter Street (above). under the ownership of Georgetown College, which used it as a Jesuit retreat. Once McLean took over the Friendship estate, he built it out in the early 1900s to include a Georgian Revival mansion, elaborate fountains, an 18-hole golf course, a watchtower and expansive gardens. The estate reached its peak of excess after McLeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, when his son Edward â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nedâ&#x20AC;? Beale and wife Evalyn Walsh took over. On top of Nedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth from his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newspaper empire, Evalyn had inherited money from her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success as a gold miner. The McLeans hosted many grand bashes, notable guests (like presidents Coolidge and Harding) and even a cavalcade of animals. In her autobiography, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father Struck It Rich,â&#x20AC;? Evalyn described her home as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a mad place, truly! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a monkey in my bathroom, a llama on the lawn, and our corridors shrill with the curses of our




parrot â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? The most famous example of the McLeansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; excess was Evalynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acquisition of the Hope Diamond. She purchased it from Pierre Cartier, rejecting notions that the 44Âź-carat jewel carried a curse. But spectators and later historians never failed to bring up the diamond as a background detail to the McLeansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wave of misfortunes. The marriage was troubled, with both Ned and Evalyn battling addictions. In 1919, their 9-year-old son Vinson was struck and killed by a Model T Ford while crossing Wisconsin Avenue. Evalyn divorced Ned in 1931, accusing him of being an unfaithful alcoholic, and later had him committed to an insane asylum. He died there of a heart attack in 1941, â&#x20AC;&#x153;believing he was a French spy,â&#x20AC;? according to one book. Ned died with little fortune himself, and trustees of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate arranged to sell the property. After one last New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party, Evalyn transplanted herself to 3308 R St. in Georgetown. The federal government purchased the McLean estate for $1 million. The newly created Defense Homes Corp. planned to

use the land to build apartments for defense workers and their families. McLean Gardens was one of three major projects the Defense Homes Corp. undertook in the D.C. area, along with Naylor Gardens in Southeast D.C. and Fairlington Village in Alexandria. Architect Kenneth Franzheim designed garden-apartment complexes, replicating design principles and building materials among them. At McLean Gardens, the government constructed 31 apartment houses and nine dormitories, with red-brick walls and slate roofs, to house 3,000 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The nearly rectangular site was divided into seven irregularly shaped portions by its curving streets and culde-sacs,â&#x20AC;? according to historian Richard Longstreth. Builders retained a few traces of the Friendship estate, including statues, a stone wall and a cherub fountain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of which remain in place today. After the war, the government sold McLean Gardens to the Fairmac Corp., which rented out apartments through the 1950s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s. During this time, American and George Washington universi-




ties contracted to use dormitories for student overflow. In 1970, the Hartford Insurance Co. took over McLean Gardens. The group proposed the first of many development schemes for the site: a 43-acre complex with housing, offices, a 700-room hotel and a private hospital. Newspaper articles dubbed the plan a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;mini city.â&#x20AC;? The National Capital Planning Commission approved the grandiose proposal, but it later died out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in large part due to neighborhood protests. The opposition was fueled by a newly rising interest in historic preservation as well as a goal of preserving moderate-income housing in Northwest D.C. The newly formed McLean Gardens Resident Association had joined the fight. In 1972, the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. acquired McLean Gardens, proposing at first a condo conversion, which failed, and later, a scheme for a $150 million diplomatic enclave of embassies, apartments and international boutiques. That project also failed to gain traction. A second proposal for a condo conversion came about in 1978, with a California developer at the helm. The plan had such momentum that many families in McLean Gardens moved out. But a new D.C. law that gave tenants the first right to purchase their buildings during condo conversions ended up helping the remaining residents. A partnership that included William McCullouh of the World Bank helped the tenants come up with the $500,000 deposit they needed for the $25 million purchase. The partnership came up with a new, entirely residential site plan that called for renovating the apartments and selling them as condos. At the time, the McLean Gardens case was considered the largest resident association buyout in Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. A separate project, now called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vaughan Place at McLean Gardens,â&#x20AC;? was built alongside the complex in the 1980s. It includes a nine-story tower, town homes and See McLean/Page RE21

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Feasibility of car-free living debated in Ward 3 By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


hen developers planning a new apartment building on the site of the Tenleytown Safeway told neighbors at a recent community meeting that they expected half the building’s tenants not to have cars, the room burst into derisive laughter. Tenleytown isn’t Dupont Circle, neighbors told Clark Realty Capital. Apartment residents will have cars, they said, and they will take up the street parking in front of nearby homes. The Safeway project, at 42nd and Ellicott streets just off Wisconsin Avenue, is one of several in Ward 3 that are pitting “smart growth” development principles against longtime residents’ conventional wisdom. Residents and the District are weighing the promise of an energized Wisconsin Avenue corridor in Upper Northwest against concerns that greater density along the major road could disrupt the adjacent communities of single-family homes. “It’s always struck me that Wisconsin Avenue is in a very nice neighborhood and it has a great

potential that I don’t think is being realized at this point, either in terms of retail or in terms of residential,” said Steven Beller, a Tenleytown resident and a member of the Ward3Vision pro-development group. Noting that he speaks for himself rather than for the group, Beller said he regularly walks along Wisconsin Avenue and sees no shortage of opportunities for spaces that could have “something with life to it” — most notably, the Pepco substation that the utility is considering expanding. “That’s the way that good neighborhoods are made — they have a lively focus, an avenue or a square or whatever.” And data from the D.C. government and the U.S. Census point to a willingness of District residents to go car-free, even in Ward 3, Office of Planning spokesperson Tanya Washington-Stern wrote in an email. Citywide, the number of registered vehicles has stayed flat over the last decade even while the population has soared, she wrote. “[We] can’t really say for certain that residents of the new buildings in Ward 3 won’t have cars,” Washington-Stern wrote, but she noted that Ward 3 residents averaged just one car per dwelling unit in 2009 despite the ward’s high

number of single-family homes. To cut down on vehicle traffic, the Office of Planning has recommended that the city’s zoning code eliminate many of its minimum parking requirements for new buildings, a move it says will reduce traffic by making driving less convenient. Clustering dense development without parking around Metrorail stations will attract residents who don’t drive, planners theorize. Some existing residents, however, challenge that “transit-oriented development” blueprint. Hundreds of small apartment units may have wide appeal for young people, they argue, but not for the families with children who are a key element to many Ward 3 neighborhoods. The argument is that without single-family homes convenient to buses and Metrorail, many apartment dwellers who outgrow their units will be forced to move out to the suburbs. The parking and traffic problems that often come from increased density could also reduce the appeal of the existing neighborhoods, they say. “If you want to keep people in the city, you don’t want to force them out by forcing them to choose between the housing they want and transit,” said Friendship Heights

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Some developers have agreed not to let future residential tenants obtain zone parking stickers due to neighborhood concerns. resident Sue Hemberger. There are already countless options for apartment-dwellers throughout the city, she said, while the upper Wisconsin Avenue corridor “is one of the few places you can live in the region where you can have a single-family house and trees and hear birds chirp in the neighborhood and be a couple of blocks from the Metro station.” “It’s important we don’t remake every place near transit to be oriented to people in their 20s and 30s in apartments,” she added. Hemberger herself said she has never had a driver’s license, which

makes it all the more clear to her why so many of her neighbors choose to drive: Walking and relying on transit, she said, can sometimes be “a real pain in the ass.” But enough people do choose that car-free lifestyle that a few policies could allow for greater development without compromising existing neighborhoods, said Jeff Norman, a Chevy Chase resident who has been car-free for nearly 40 years. Norman noted that the developer of another Wisconsin Avenue project — apartments on the site of the See Cars/Page RE21

Firm looks to serve as broker in renting out parking spots By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer


Baltimore start-up firm is about to offer District residents a new way to market a particularly precious piece of real estate — their driveway or other private parking space. Parking Panda began distributing fliers around Northwest D.C. last week, explaining how residents could use its website to rent out parking at hours and under conditions they set. The company, founded in Baltimore last September, gets a 20 percent cut off the top. Company head Nick Miller said he plans to announce the expansion to Washington next week. Here’s how it works: A private resident, commercial parking lot or garage, or even a church with extra parking spaces on weekdays, signs up at, uploading a picture of the spot, its price and availability. Then people who need a parking space — for a few hours or during the workday — go to the same website to view the selection and book a space. Parking Panda notifies the owner with an email, handles the payment, taking that 20 percent commission, and then sends a check every month. Miller said the spot’s owner can set any price and any time limits.

The average price for a private space in a driveway, he said, is around $15 for a day. Prices in Baltimore have averaged about 20 percent less than feeding a meter on the street, and about half the regular rate for a commercial lot or garage. Miller has already accumulated an inventory of more than 1,000 parking spaces in Baltimore since launching the service six months ago. He hopes to be “up and running” in D.C. by April 16. “D.C. will grow much faster, because we’ve figured things out,” he said. “Baltimore has a huge parking problem, and it’s even worse in D.C.” He said the firm doesn’t believe it needs any license or permit to operate here. Commercial garages and lots already pay the city’s parking tax, he said, and individual homeowners can rent out a private space without permit or tax. “We’re a marketplace — we just facilitate the transaction, like a much easier version of Craigslist,” Miller said. Helder Gil, spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, said Tuesday that he is not familiar with Parking Panda. But, Gil wrote in an email, “DC law is pretty clear that any person engaging in business in the District is required to have a business license, which includes registering their business with the Office of Tax and Revenue.”

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ealtor Donna Evers seems to have it all: a 100-agent eponymous firm that routinely outperforms the market, a commercial winery at her country house in Virginia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and even an apartment in Paris. Yet her sights are set even higher. Evers expects to expand her company by 40 agents and an office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adding a Bethesda facility to outposts in Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the next six months. And Twin Oak Tavern Winery, which started as just a fun hobby with her now-late husband, is poised to double its output from this year to the next. After nearly four decades in the real estate business, one might think she would want to take a break. But Evers? Not likely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rest to me is not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go lie on a beach somewhere,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a lot of energy, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything to get it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like having curly hair; I was born with it.â&#x20AC;? Asked about growing from a one-woman operation to a major player on the real estate scene, Evers says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;just one of the workers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just out there working with everyone else.â&#x20AC;? She may be working more than most anybody else, though. Along with running Evers & Co., Donna writes occasional columns in three local publications, and a few years ago she went commercial with the winery she and her husband built at their second home in Bluemont, Va. The property is also one of twodozen that Evers has renovated over the decades, starting with a house in Southern California where the major project was adding a swimming pool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because in California, if you have a refrigerator, you have a swimming pool,â&#x20AC;? she said. With the Bluemont house, the original intention was to update and then sell. The former tavern, built around the turn of the 20th century, had been extensively damaged in a fire before the Everses purchased it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bought it not even knowing if we could get the char off the stone,â&#x20AC;? she said. But she did remove the char â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the poison ivy, and the chain-link fencing and the fallingdown outbuildings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and then she fell in love with the place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I spend every weekend there,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I work very hard there every weekend.â&#x20AC;? Inspiration for creating a winery at the mountain home came from the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels in Europe. The project began in 1999, with the first grapes materializing three years later. In 2008, the Everses secured a commercial real estate license to run their winery (, and visitors can now taste and buy wine there five days a week â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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Donna Evers, pictured in her vineyard after winter pruning, is working to grow her real estate company and her winery. noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. After the first year of growth resulted in 35 gallons of wine, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yield will be about 800 gallons, or 330 cases, of three varieties: a Chardonnay, a Bordeaux-style blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Evers expects output to double next

â??We are all frustrated interior designers, probably.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Donna Evers year. Initially, she and her husband, who passed away a year and a half ago, did â&#x20AC;&#x153;every single thing ourselvesâ&#x20AC;? at the winery. They ultimately hired help, but she still puts a lot of effort into it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as do her children and grandchildren, several of whom live nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last weekend we bottled, and I had an assembly line that started with the 10-year-old,â&#x20AC;? she reported. It was starting that now-extensive family that initially spurred Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entry into the real estate market. She had previously worked as an English teacher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from the University of Michigan in her native state and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from the University of California, Irvine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but took time off when her children were young. Then in 1975, with the youngest in first grade, she was ready for a job â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though one with a flexible schedule. A longtime admirer of architecture and design, Evers took a stab at selling homes. She did that for 10 years before launching a business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a process she describes casually, as though it were the equivalent of buying a new shirt: â&#x20AC;&#x153;That sounded like a great idea.â&#x20AC;? Next, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to grow.â&#x20AC;? And grow she has. Evers & Co. is the largest woman-owned and -operated real estate firm in the

region. The business stands out in other ways as well. For instance, the Friendship Heights office includes an in-house printing press, and all the materials her agents need â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the fliers, mailings and brochures so crucial to the trade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are provided gratis, she said. Fast, too: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you get a listing â&#x20AC;Ś Thursday, we can have the brochures by the weekend,â&#x20AC;? she said. Evers attributes her success in part to a collaborative approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the only thing that women have in common is being very consensus-oriented. â&#x20AC;Ś I ask people questions all day long: What are they doing, what do they need. â&#x20AC;Ś In the end, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very quick at making decisions, but I want to hear from everybody first.â&#x20AC;? The group approach is particularly apparent in the way the company prices properties. Every Tuesday, a group of 30 or 40 agents will travel together to a handful of new listings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all throw our ideas into the hat on pricing â&#x20AC;Ś and [discuss] things that need to be done to the house,â&#x20AC;? she said. Inevitably, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody out of that group will see a crack in the bathroom ceiling that nobody else saw.â&#x20AC;? She said the group outings are not only fun, but useful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all are frustrated interior designers, probably,â&#x20AC;? she half-joked of the people in her profession. Evers said she loves the neighborhoods where her offices are located â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dupont, Friendship Heights and, soon, Bethesda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think [they] are just terrific places to live, because you can live in a quiet, tree-lined street and walk to Metro. â&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just not sure everyone has those things in other parts of the country.â&#x20AC;? She herself lives in such a community: Chevy Chase Village â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just close enough to the Friendship Heights office that she can occasionally walk to work. Though with a schedule like hers, it might be hard to find the time.

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Petworth row house features top-notch renovations


ut jobs abound in Petworth, one of the most popular neighborhoods for D.C. buyers searching for single-family homes that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break the bank. But as shoppers who have spent time there know, the quality of

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those renovations varies widely from home to home. A newly listed 1917 row home on Rock Creek Church Road falls on the top-notch end of that spectrum. From the fresh paint on the deep front porch to the new deck atop the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-car garage in the rear, nearly everything here is new or restored. Original materials were preserved where possible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; consider the hefty period fireplace mantel and surround. That piece anchors the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living room, a high-ceilinged, hardwood-lined space that opens to the rest of the level. Next sits a dining area thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s separated from the kitchen by an island. The spot gets warmth and architectural definition from the exposed brick wall to one side. On the kitchen side, cherryhued cabinets continue that warm palette, while creamy stone countertops offer ample work surfaces.

An undermount sink with an industrial-look pull-down faucet sits in the island; stainless-steel appliances, including a gas range, wait against the wall. Renovators wisely installed a row of windows across the back of the home. Together with the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows, they keep the entire ground floor light and bright. A sitting area near the rear of the home is an especially sunny spot. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a powder room here, and a door to the wooden deck. Stairs near the kitchen lead to the lower level, which has been converted to an in-law suite that any guest would be happy to occupy. A central space includes a sitting area and a kitchen with fullsize appliances. The bedroom includes two closets, and a full

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This house on Rock Creek Church Road in Petworth is priced at $599,000. bath includes a large, tiled shower and a roomy vanity. The upper level offers three bedrooms and two baths, including the showstopping master bath. A large, glassed-in shower, separate tub and double vanity make this spot a likely selling point for the home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as will the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an en-suite master bath, not always easy to find in homes of this vintage. The master bedroom reprises the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exposed brick

and adds a tray ceiling and a small private balcony to the mix. Two more bedrooms on this floor share a hall bath, and both offer roomy footprints. One also includes a secret hideaway that kids will relish: Pull-down stairs access a finished loft that will lend itself to playtime or quiet studying. Look up this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s address on a map, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear why buyers searching for a bit of quiet in the city would look here. Rock Creek

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New museum exhibit to focus on home

A new exhibit on â&#x20AC;&#x153;House & Homeâ&#x20AC;? will debut this month at the National Building Museum, offering a look at how transformations in technology, laws and consumer culture have brought changes in American domestic life. Opening April 28, the exhibit will feature photographs, objects, models and films, according to the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. It is scheduled to remain on display through May 2017. Displays include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living at Home,â&#x20AC;? featuring samples of hundreds of household goods; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a House,â&#x20AC;? showing various types of household construction; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buying a Home,â&#x20AC;? which includes a look at the origins of the modern mortgage system. Scale models commissioned for the exhibit depict 14 iconic homes, among them George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mount Vernon, Thomas Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fallingwater. The National Building Museum is located at 401 F St. NW. Admission costs $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3 through 17 and seniors. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Group releases D.C. development report

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership last month released its annual overview of development and construction activity in D.C. neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Development Report: 2011-2012â&#x20AC;? summarizes the development pipeline, highlights trends over the past decade, and identifies the 14th and U street area in Northwest as one of five â&#x20AC;&#x153;development hot spots.â&#x20AC;? The group notes that development activity in D.C. bottomed out in 2009 with 4.3 million square feet of construction starts, but made a quick comeback with nearly 11 million square feet getting under way in 2010. Residential developers broke ground on 3,794 units in 2010 and another 3,299 units in the first eight months of 2011, according to the report. The report is available at wdcep. com under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Publications & Reports.â&#x20AC;? Also available is the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s February report with demographic information, resources and maps of 37 neighborhoods and commercial corridors in D.C.

Coldwell Banker names new manager

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently named Rick Hoffman as branch vice president for its Georgetown office, located at 3000 K St. in the Washington Harbour complex. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I plan to use my extensive knowledge of the luxury real estate market to further the business of the

Georgetown office and the agents by improving upon the already superior service we provide our luxury clients and customer base,â&#x20AC;? Hoffman says in a news release. Hoffman previously worked for The Corcoran Group as regional senior vice president for eastern Long Island, where he oversaw 10 offices in the Hamptons. The Corcoran Group, like Coldwell Banker, is part of NRT LLC, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest residential real estate brokerage company.

New real estate firm introduces website

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The Northwest-based Ad Agency recently created a website for Beasley Real Estate, a new firm established by Jim Bell, Trent Heminger and David B. Pollin. The website,, builds on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;client first, brand secondâ&#x20AC;? model, according to an Ad Agency news release. The siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features include recent market reports, a property search

Georgetown House Tour set for April 28

The annual Georgetown House Tour will take place April 28, spotlighting eight to 12 of the historic neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes and gardens. The properties will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events will include a

Parish Tea with homemade sandwiches and sweets at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $40 if purchased by April 20, and $45 thereafter. A discount is available for groups of 20 or more. On April 25, the 2012 Patronsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Party will set the stage with a festive evening in honor of the residents whose homes are featured. Details about the tour are available at

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The Current ■ Spring Real Estate Guide 2012 asks for locals’ input on vacant parcels By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


ooni Reatig decided to try an experiment with a property she is marketing in Shaw, a vacant ground-floor retail space close to the Metro. Aside from putting signs on the property itself, she limited its online presence solely to a fledgling local website called Popularise. Now, on top of the ideas that are posted on the website — people have endorsed an affordable green market, sidewalk cafe and upscale grocery store — Reatig said she’s heard a lot of other feedback for the spot at 626 S St. NW, with site viewers contacting her directly with suggestions and proposals. “S Street has really been getting me a lot of publicity and interest,” she said. “I’ve been showing the

space to different types of people.” That’s one of the ways, which launched less than four months ago, is already morphing beyond its original concept. The site started as a way to crowd-source local retail demand, by encouraging users to give their own input on the vacant spaces in their neighborhoods. The team at WestMill Capital — a neighborhood development firm that brothers Ben and Daniel Miller spawned after splitting off from their father Herb’s Western Development Corp. — came up with the idea when working on its own property on H Street NE. After brainstorming new concepts for the Autozone spot, they acknowledged they didn’t really know what they were talking about. Ben thought a “really cool, New York-style farm-to-table restaurant”

could work; his brother was skeptical. Their colleague Kenny Shin pushed for Korean fried chicken called Bon Chon. At a certain point, Miller recalled, the team stepped back and said, “We’re just four people; how do we know what H Street wants to have?” They invented Popularise as a

way to gauge opinions. The site creates a “drawing board” for each property (it currently lists five in Bill Petros/The Current D.C., with four or Above, Nooni Reatig in front of the vacant space five in the pipeshe represents in Shaw; left, the team at line), where users Popularise (left to right): Kenny Shin, Brandon chatter about the types of retail that Jenkins and Ben Miller; Daniel Miller, seated could succeed Glodine Young has drawn support there. for an “organic spa & salon” con For a vacant spot in Logan cept. Young, who has managed spas Circle, for example, Popularise in the area for eight years, tells the users have chimed in with propossite’s users she “just need[s] your als for a pizza/wine bar, a “solid support to make this green dream a breakfast place,” an upscale barber shop, a Latin coffee bar and a vege- reality!” Twenty-six Popularise users have given her a “Build It!” tarian fusion restaurant. endorsement, and the post has But, if current patterns hold up, received 142 “likes” on Popularise’s Popularise could prove useful Facebook page. beyond its ability to measure local Miller said Popularise is taking opinion. The site is showing early its cue from the general Internet promise as a broker alternative, trend toward openness and inclusivattracting the interest of D.C.-area ity. It’s turning around the old entrepreneurs. Normally, property owners “hire model — that “real estate is all about being secretive,” he said. “If a broker, put a phone number up in people can write their own encyclothe window, and call up national tenants,” Miller said during a recent pedias, they can design their own neighborhoods.” interview in his Dupont Circle Popularise also rejects developoffice. With Popularise, “all of a sudden ers’ “conventional thinking that you can’t really work with” community instead of having one broker, you members, who are often seen as can have 1,000 community memobstacles, Miller said. “We found bers” viewing the property — including current and potential busi- there’s been a generational shift,” ness owners, he said. “A lot of peo- he said. “People want to see more growth — new restaurants, bars, ple submitting ideas are local small gyms.” businesses, saying ‘I have an idea There’s been some concern that — me.’” For the Logan Circle property, at Popularise will encourage a “free See Website/Page RE21 1345 14th St. NW, Popularise user



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This historic 1911 Washington, DC Mansion was built by noted architect Clark Waggaman. This 12,000 sf residence features unparalleled workmanship and detail. 21st century systems merge seamlessly with exquisite historical features to create this one-of-a-kind offering. Features include many imported period details from 18th & 19th century France. $10,900,000.

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Located on the 7th floor featuring 6,650 sf, dramatic vistas, consummate finishes, and an award-winning contemporary design featured in Elle Decor. Includes 7 BR, 5 full and 2 half baths, library, family room, French balconies, 4 garage spaces, and rooftop pool. Steps from fine shops, restaurants, and Georgetown Potomac River Waterfront Park, while affording comfort and urban elegance. $7,777,777.

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Stately Massachusetts Avenue Heights residence with 6 BR, 5 full-baths, 2 half-baths, and 4,400 sf of living space. Features include embassy-sized rooms ideal for entertaining and an additional buildable 1/3 acre lot that can easily accommodate a pool and a tennis court. $4,195,000.

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Extraordinary in every way, custom built and designed with optional first floor master suite. Features include a wine cellar, gracious rear gallery with three sets of French doors to patio with outdoor fireplace, large heated pool, hot-tub, pool/guest house and a 4+ car garage. $3,350,000.

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NEW LISTING – A truly special home offering unlimited potential on one of the premier blocks of Kalorama. Features elegantly proportioned rooms, fine architectural details, and an enviable floor plan with private terraces and gardens. Approximately 4,200 sf, 6 BR, 5 baths and garage parking. $2,295,000.

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6 BR, 4.5 bath fully-renovated Colonial on a quiet block in Cleveland Park. 4,400 sf on four levels. 3319 Rowland has undergone a complete renovation and expansion by noted DC builder, Murillo/Malnati Homes designed by Cunningham and Quill Architects. Completion in May 2012 – available to show now. $1,795,000.

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The incomparable 3303 Water Street – the most sought-after address along the Georgetown Waterfront. Two, large 1 BR residences featuring clean architectural lines, the finest finishes, and expansive C&O Canal views. Dramatic common areas, spectacular city and river views, rooftop pool, sun decks, doorman and concierge. $925,000–$1,049,999.

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This 7 BR, 5.5 bath fully renovated Tudor with pool features 5,611 sf on four levels. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Wesley Heights, 4323 Hawthorne has undergone a complete renovation and expansion by noted DC builder, Murillo/Malnati Homes designed by Cunningham and Quill Architects. $2,449,000.

Originally built in 1937, this brick residence has been recently transformed into a home ideal for both grand formal entertaining and comfortable family living. A complete renovation features custom millwork, top materials and all new systems and spaces. The 7,500 sf lot presents outstanding park-like grounds. $2,395,000.

Featuring 5 BR, 5.5 baths, expanded kitchen, large walk-out basement with au-pair suite, detached 2-car garage, and outdoor spaces tastefully landscaped with lighting and automatic irrigation system. This unique property, flooded with light and serenity, is a perfect home for a modern city living experience. Also available for rent at $9,400/month. $2,345,000.

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Rare offering in Chevy Chase, DC - elegant home on a nearly 1-acre private lot. Features include a grand wrap-around veranda overlooking a large lush lawn, perfect for entertaining. This beautiful home offers 4 levels, a large family room, 5 BR and a private circular drive. $1,800,000.

W e sl e y H e iG H t s , D C

Stunning contemporary home on over three acres designed by Thomas Pheasant. Located in close-in Potomac just past the Congressional Country Club with over 13,000 sf offering a grand foyer with 30’ ceilings, dramatic living and dining room, indoor lap pool and 6-car garage. $2,695,000.

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Oustanding 3 BR, 3.5 bath semi-detached townhouse flooded with light. Features include an open granite and stainless steel kitchen with island, finished attic and basement, lovely yard and a one-car garage. Within walking distance to two Metro stations. $899,000.

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Charming brick 1812 Federal in the West Village. Features an elegant hall entrance, den, kitchen, dining room, and staff quarters. A second level living room opens to the terrace and garden. This 5 BR, 3 full-bath residence comes with 3 fireplaces with original mantels, random width floor boards, and an abundance of sunlight. Terrific location close to all of Georgetown’s finest amenities: parks, stores, restaurants, cafes and galleries. $2,040,000.

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Two great Colonnade units available now. Large and sun-filled 2 BR, 2.5 bath with fabulous stone terrace overlooking front gardens and fountain. $825,000. NEWLY LISTED – Beautiful corner unit with large BR, full size den off LR (can be 2nd BR), and 1.5 bath. Separate dining room and big balcony. $539,000. Deluxe building with fantastic services, pool, fitness, guest parking and gardens.

Diana Hart 202.271.2717

Du p on t C i rC l e , D C

Spacious and superbly renovated 1902-built 4-level Victorian on a tree-lined block, west side of Dupont. Awesome mix of tradition and modern style. Main house: 4 BR, 4 baths, high ceilings, 6 fireplaces, top-of-the-line kitchen with breakfast area, separate den, master suite with huge closet and marble bath. Great light throughout. Beautiful rear garden with 2 decks. Lower level is 1 BR, 1 bath separately metered unit. 1 off-street parking space conveys. $1,995,000.

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Rarely available Adams model townhome with 3 BR, 3.5 baths and a 2-car garage at Harrison Square. Meticulously cared for by the original owner. Features include new triple-pane windows, oak floors, maple and granite kitchen, enchanting breakfast nook, whole house stereo, plantation shutters, skylights, fireplace, and full sized washer/dryer. $769,000.

This renovated 3 BR, 3.5 bath townhouse on Upshur Street features hardwood floors, high ceilings and an open floorplan. This offering is complete with a finished attic and basement, rear garden and off-street covered parking for two cars. $699,000.

This 2 BR, 2 bath residence with garage parking is located on the best block in the heart of Logan Circle. Features include an open floor plan, great light throughout, fireplace, hardwood flooring, a large master suite, and a fantastic building roof deck. $645,900.

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Council weighs bill to facilitate solar sharing By JESSICA GOULD Current Correspondent


ome community activists hope new legislation under consideration by the D.C. Council will help â&#x20AC;&#x153;solar gardensâ&#x20AC;? take root across the city. In March, Council members Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) and Mary Cheh (Ward 3) introduced the Community Renewables Energy Act of 2012, which would allow people anywhere in D.C. to purchase solar power to offset their energy usage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if that solar system is not coming from their own roof. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What it aims to do is to allow two or more individuals to share the electricity produced from a single system,â&#x20AC;? Alexander said. According to Steve Seuser, a member of the clean energy coalition D.C. Solar United Neighborhoods, the bill would make it possible for people to pur-

chase solar power through a process called â&#x20AC;&#x153;virtual net metering.â&#x20AC;? Regular net metering, which already exists under D.C. law, allows electricity to flow back onto the grid from solar panels when customers produce more energy than they use. Conversely, the electricity goes from the grid to the customer when they need it. Virtual net metering takes that process a step further, extending net metering to several customers who share the benefits of electricity produced by a single system, which can be anywhere in the city. In that way, solar gardens are similar to community gardens: People pool their resources and share space to reap the benefits together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, solar works very well for people in D.C. whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to put panels on their roof,â&#x20AC;? Seuser said. The new bill â&#x20AC;&#x153;opens up solar power to all different types of people. They could be tenants. They

could be businesses that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do solar on their roofs. They could be schools.â&#x20AC;? For example, the Rev. Peter Spann at Promised Land Baptist Church in Takoma would love to put solar panels on the roof of his Van Buren Street church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would help us save our money for other needs, feeding and clothing the poor, which is really our call,â&#x20AC;? he said. But, with an old, slate roof that faces east-west, Promised Land Baptist Church canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support solar. The Takoma Community Center across the street, on the other hand, is perfectly suited. Spann said he hopes Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill would allow the church and its neighbors to install solar panels there, and benefit from the energy they produce. Meanwhile, Nicole Sitaraman, a member of the D.C. Sierra Club, which also supports the bill, said virtual net metering is an issue of

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Because the slate roof at the Promised Land Baptist Church faces east-west, it is not a candidate for solar panels. The congregation hopes â&#x20AC;&#x153;solar gardenâ&#x20AC;? legislation will provide an alternative. equity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently, the main people who can benefit from solar energy generation are people who own the building, who own their own home or their own businesses. And lower-income people and renters are

not able to benefit from solar generation,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we really view this as an energy justice bill, to expand access and the reach [of solar power] to more people.â&#x20AC;? The bill is now in committee and awaits a hearing.

New survey looks at alleys in historic D.C. neighborhoods By JESSICA GOULD Current Correspondent


upont Circle architect Michael Beidler said he bought his Ward Court carriage house years ago because he liked the idea of living off the grid. Literally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has a kind of renegade appeal,â&#x20AC;? he said. But urban alley-dwelling also has its challenges. For example, no gas lines lead to Beidlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building, so it functions entirely on electricity. And there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much sunlight to support solar panels or a garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get flowers to grow,â&#x20AC;? he said. Still, Beidler said the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a lot of street noise,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very quiet.â&#x20AC;? He calls D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alley structures gems hidden in plain sight, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;secretâ&#x20AC;? in the city. But they may not stay that way for long. The D.C. Historic Preservation Office is currently conducting a survey of the alleys in historic districts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some recent development projects in the alleys of our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic districts made us realize that we did not have much historical information on the alley buildings themselves,â&#x20AC;? Kim Williams, an architectural historian with the Office of Planning, wrote in an email. Williams said many of the districts were designated years ago, before comprehensive surveys were common. And once those surveys became standard practice, she said, they typically focused on the buildings that faced public streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We

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D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alleys commonly housed slaves and servants in the 19th century.

realized that we needed a body of knowledge to better evaluate the eligibility of alley buildings,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Williams said the survey, which is scheduled to take at least a year, has already discovered a range of alley buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from deteriorating stables to newly renovated dwellings. Some structures exist in clusters, she said, while others are isolated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The information on the alleyways and their buildings will give us a knowledge base about our alley buildings that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have previously and will help the historic preservation office in its design review of new alley projects,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. David Salter, who lives on Naylor Court, said the survey could mean the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alleys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which commonly housed slaves and servants in the 19th century and were the target of slum-clearing efforts in the 20th century â&#x20AC;&#x201D; might finally receive the recognition they deserve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Office of Planning and HPO have long considered alleys as being of use for only trash and serSee Alleys/Page RE21

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unit Ontario Road condo building that he put on the market two weeks ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ended up having 13 offers,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went to contract on all six [units] within a week. I just havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen that kind of volume for years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; since 2005 probably.â&#x20AC;? For her part, Sheila Mooney of Beasley Real Estate said she has participated in four multiple-offer situations since February. She attributes the situation to an improving economy and favorable interest rates, as well as low inventory limiting choices for determined buyers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all this pent-up buying desire with people who have been waiting,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they realize that prices are going to increase. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a real bullish market.â&#x20AC;? The data for D.C. back up the assessment, according to Fred Kendrick of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty. Despite the lack of inventory, pending sales in February rose 6 percent from the same period in 2011; the average days-on-market dropped 20 percent from 92 to 74. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market seems really hot at the moment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing multiple offers on the majority of our listings in all price ranges.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason the District in February saw the average price of houses and condos rise by 8 percent and the median price jump by 11 percent, compared to the same period the year before. RealEstate Business Intelligenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March report shows rises of 8 percent in average price and 7 percent in median price, compared to March 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That says to me the spring market is going to be very strong,â&#x20AC;? said Dursch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2012 sales are the numbers that are really going to tell you whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another number, however, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also key to assessing the current market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the limited number of homes on the market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Low inventories combined with high buyer demand lead to increases in prices,â&#x20AC;? Kendrick wrote in the monthly report he prepares on the D.C. market based on data from the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and RealEstate Business Intelligence. The drop in inventory is indeed dramatic. As of the end of February, there were 826 active listings for single-family homes in D.C., down 30 percent from the same period in 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and just half the number available in 2009, according to the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statistical reports. The supply of condos was down 25 percent from 2011. Despite the limited supply, the number of contracts and settlements was higher this year for single-family homes and for condos. In terms of buyers, this winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unseasonably warm weather might have created an â&#x20AC;&#x153;early springâ&#x20AC;? market. At the very least, there were no weekend snowfalls to keep prospective buyers from attending open houses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for a spring market,â&#x20AC;? said Kendrick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They started looking in January and February. â&#x20AC;Ś It does make a difference when the weatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good.â&#x20AC;? And the inventory situation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem likely to change dramatically any time soon. The number of active listings in Washington â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both single-family homes and condos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; grew in March to 1,721, up about 8 percent from February but down 25 percent from March 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the spring surge in inventory that we normally do,â&#x20AC;? Burke said. Still, Realtors remain hopeful that more homes will come onto the market in the com-

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â??The market seems really hot at the moment. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing multiple offers on the majority of our listings â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fred Kendrick Realty said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe buyers are faring poorly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are the things we hear about the most because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting and sexy talk,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the truth of the matter is that buyers who are writing good offers can get good properties.â&#x20AC;? In contrast to the heated market of 2005 through 2007, buyers remain mindful of price â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and less willing to strike contingencies. Reishman said buyers are â&#x20AC;&#x153;more level-headed than they wereâ&#x20AC;? and likely to make a purchase only if they perceive value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little more cautious,â&#x20AC;? Kendrick agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going as far above list price.â&#x20AC;? Melman said he tells clients that they need to price their homes carefully, or risk losing the interest of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buyers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to respond to aspirational pricing,â&#x20AC;? he said. At the same time, sellers with a choice of


offers frequently show a preference for allcash deals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which Kendrick said accounted for about 22 percent of the market in February, a bit higher than usual â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or those with down payments in excess of the standard 10 to 20 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always hard when the market starts to shift a little bit,â&#x20AC;? said Reishman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be ready to jump. Buyers have to be prepared for a little more competition.â&#x20AC;? Some Realtors said they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen any particular rise in cash deals, but Lenore Rubino of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage said the last two sales she had in Georgetown and Burleith were both cash sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do see a lot of cash buyers,â&#x20AC;? Rubino said. One advantage they have is the ability to avoid complications from appraisals that fall short of the negotiated sales figure. In a rising market, an appraiser may not find prior comparable sales that justify the agreed-to price. At that point, a buyer might have to pull out of the deal or agree to put in more money. But Realtors say that may soon ease as deals are consummated that will provide new, higher comparables. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appraisals have been a big issue for the past couple years,â&#x20AC;? Mooney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to change â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that has to change, because the prices are going up and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have some good comparables.â&#x20AC;? The way things are going, Mooney said, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;go-goâ&#x20AC;? market may soon offer relief to homeowners who bought at the height of the market and have faced the prospect of substantial losses if they were to sell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people who bought in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05 or â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07, they could very well get what they paid for it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily true for the past couple years.â&#x20AC;?


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WEST END From Page RE1

In December 2011, the most expensive condo to sell that month in the District was in the West End: A three-bedroom unit at 22 West, located at 1177 22nd St., sold for more than $2.6 million, meeting the seller’s asking price. West End homes have held their value during the recession, according to local Realtors. Prices range from $250,000 for a one-bedroom condo to $2.5 million or more for a two- or three-bedroom unit. Rental units follow suit, with one- and two-bedroom units ranging from approximately $2,000 to $6,000 per month or more. “Once the Ritz located here and built residences, it made everyone else want to live here,” said Gary Griffith, a homeowner in the West End for more than 20 years. “It’s where Zsa Zsa Gabor would live,” said Donna Drejza of the neighborhood where she lives and works as a Realtor. “Newer buildings, like 22 West, the RitzCarlton, 2501 Penn and The Columbia bring in higher dollar amounts. In older buildings, like those built in the 1980s and earlier, someone could get a lot more square footage for the money.” Affordable housing isn’t easy to find in the West End, though. When an apartment building called The Tiverton controversially closed its doors as a rental property in 2008, some said the 47-unit building on 24th Street was the last affordable spot in the neighborhood. That could soon change, at least minimally: A recently approved EastBanc project in the West End will create a mixed-use building that includes a few affordable-housing units, along with about 150 market-priced ones. The project will rebuild the neighborhood’s library and fire station. Surprisingly, an affordable gourmet food shop helped put the neighborhood on the map: Trader Joe’s opened on 25th Street between L and M streets in 2005, and that created a buzz in the West End. “Before the Trader Joe’s opened, there wasn’t a single person that lived on that block — not one residential unit,” said Griffith. “Now there are about 750 apartment units on that square.” The neighborhood is also popular because it’s within walking distance of downtown and many big employers like The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the State Department. “When I first moved here, I couldn’t get over how great the location was,” said Michele Wiltse, a Realtor who lives and works in the West End. “And not to say that the West End is sleepy, but the best part of it is its proximity to Georgetown and Dupont Circle without having to live there.” The thriving restaurant scene in the West End is among the most beloved aspects of the neighborhood. Ris, the West End Bistro and Blue Duck Tavern are mainstays,

and popular Penn Quarter Indian restaurant Rasika just opened a second location in the neighborhood. “The West End neighborhood is such a great area, close to the World Bank, Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue, along with a great collection of fine hotels within walking distance, so it was the perfect choice for Rasika West End. I also love its proximity to Georgetown as well,” wrote Rasika owner Ashok Bajaj in an email to The Current. Bajaj said his new location has received a warm reception from the community since opening March 30, noting that there are several new menu and cocktail items. “It is great to become ensconced in this vibrant community,” Bajaj wrote, “which has a great residential audience as well as a strong business anchor.” Ris Lacoste, owner and chef at Ris, opened her West End restaurant in 2009 and said it has experienced exponential growth each year, with 2012 off to a great start. “We love being a neighborhood place, where diners join us for all sorts of occasions,” Lacoste wrote in an email to The Current. “The West End is a great neighborhood of people — residential, hotels, government offices and the university. It is in the center of four other neighborhoods and it couldn’t be more perfect. It is exactly what I was looking for. … I am thrilled to see our regulars day after day.” The high-end hotels are also a draw for the West End’s nightlife. “Being able to walk to the bar at the Fairmont, the Four Seasons or so many others, it’s like living in the best part of Manhattan without all the hassle,” said Drejza. A sense of community is bolstered by neighborhood organizations like West End Friends, which works to improve the Francis Field and is raising funds to erect a statue of Duke Ellington, who was born in the neighborhood on Ward Place, at a neighborhood park named for him. A fundraising concert will be held at the park on April 29. “The West End has really become a strong neighborhood,” said West End Friends president Anita Dilberto. “It’s easy to get to know your neighbors, you bump into people out at dinner, and you can walk everywhere.” Commissioner Coder is excited about what’s next. “The West End fire station and library redevelopments will truly put us on the map. It is a great urban enclave that is near everything — downtown, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and Dupont Circle,” she said. There is always room for improvements. “I’d like to see us continue to add moderately priced retail and improve the parks to better serve the community,” Coder said. Most are pleased with where the neighborhood has come in the few decades. “The West End is right where it’s at,” said Drejza. “It’s smack dab where you want to be, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

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After dispute, builders show off Jocelyn St. redo By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


inancially, tearing down the house at 3901 Jocelyn St. in Chevy Chase probably would have been the better bet, says co-owner David Kelly. The large lot is big enough to legally accommodate two new homes, he said, and the house was in poor shape when he and development partner Sean McGuinness bought it last June. But at a March 24 open house in the extensively renovated home — now under contract and scheduled to close this week — Kelly said he doesn’t regret avoiding the “bloodlet” it would have taken to raze the house and subdivide the property. “We could have fought and probably persevered and gotten two lots here,” Kelly said. “But Sean and I didn’t think it was worth all the trouble that it would be.” “Never would have been as nice, never,” interjected a neighbor at the open house, about the prospect of a subdivided lot. “Everyone would have been crowded in here,” added

another. Neighbors rallied over the summer against the possible removal of the 1921 house, which stands at the corner of 39th and Jocelyn streets. Their section of western Chevy Chase is defined by old homes on large lots, the neighbors argued, and that character would be disrupted if a corner lot were subdivided. Next-door neighbor David Nygaard collected more than 130 signatures on a petition, distributed 70 “Don’t Raze 3901” yard signs and formed a nonprofit to seek historic protections for the property. “I think we’re playing on the intellectual responsibility of the two owners to rethink what they’re planning to do as a result of serious objection from people in the neighborhood,” Nygaard said at the time. Kelly said he has done numerous projects in Northwest — including tear-downs and subdivisions — but the community response from western Chevy Chase was unprecedented in his experience. “We’ve never done anything where the neighbors have been so vocal and so united,” he

said. Facing delays and a legal battle over potential landmark status for the property, the developers agreed to renovate rather than remove the house. Neighbors then withdrew their application for historic designation. According to Kelly, the pair spent some $600,000 on the renovations, for which they had paid $890,000. Kelly wouldn’t say what the final sale price was because the contract hadn’t closed, but he said the home was purchased without having been formally listed. At the March open house, some four-dozen neighbors stopped in to admire the renovations and to thank Kelly and McGuinness for preserving the home. While taking a reporter on a tour of the house, Kelly was interrupted with various neighbors’ unsolicited compliments on the work. Many of them he knew by name. “We’ve gotten to know a few of them, and they’re all very appreciative of what has happened,” Kelly said. In fixing up the house, Kelly said, the first step was to haul away six Dumpster loads of “stuff” that had been left behind when the property was sold. Emptying the rooms revealed an unevenly settling floor, a sagging porch and a basement that wasn’t fully finished, he said. To ready the house for a new

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After neighbors fought plans to raze the house at 3901 Jocelyn St. and subdivide the lot, developers agreed to renovate instead. occupant, developers stabilized and replaced the first-story floor and subfloor, lowered the basement floor and finished that bottom level, and replaced the porch with a threestory addition. The renovations also included new wiring, new plumbing, new/remodeled bathrooms, reconfigured room layouts, new and relocated windows and a new kitchen, Kelly said. All the work, he said, took just as long as a new house Kelly was building at the same time in Bethesda. “Thanks for doing this, and not doing what you were originally planning on doing,” said one neigh-

bor who approached Kelly at the open house. “I know the neighbors were not … ” “Welcoming?” suggested Kelly, with a booming laugh. “But the fact that you did do what you did, we really appreciate it,” the neighbor continued. “It means a lot for the neighborhood.” Was the project win-win, with both the neighbors and the developers getting a better deal out of preserving 3901 Jocelyn? Kelly paused at the question. “I think the project was successful,” he said finally. “I think it would have been more profitable to do two homes.”

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From Page RE6 former Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards at the corner of Brandywine Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has promised to block tenants from getting on-street parking passes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a model that could be adopted elsewhere, said Norman, another Ward3Vision member speaking as an individual. Clark Realty has been asked to request exemption from the Resident Permit Parking program at the Safeway site but hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet offered that commitment. Unlike


From Page RE16 vice access,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Salter said alleys are rich with charm and diversity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a little village where people know each other and help each other out,â&#x20AC;? he said. Salter said the new survey might even make it possible for more people to live and work in alleys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By taking a snapshot of the current state of the alleys in the midst of one on the biggest booms in building in the history of Washington,

MCLEAN From Page RE4

terrace apartments, but is not officially associated with McLean Gardens.

McLean Gardens today

Today, the community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roughly bound by Wisconsin Avenue, Glover Archbold Park and Newark and Rodman streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has more than a thousand residents. Condo board member Kathy Silva, a resident since the 1990s, said the units feature various layouts and range from one-room studios to two-level, four-bedroom units. The community includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;young people all the way up to retired people,â&#x20AC;? Silva said, with more and more young families joining these days. Amenities include a community pool, a ballroom available for private functions, a playground and barbecue areas. The nine-member condo board meets monthly. Current projects at the complex include updates of aging infrastructure and new sustainability efforts, like a rain garden and draft plan with Casey Trees for future plant-

in contrast to historic spots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; storage abounds in the form of large bedroom and hall closets, including a cedar one. A roomy one-car garage provides even more space for stashes. This seven-bedroom, 5.5-bath property at 4916 Weaver Terrace is offered for $2,495,000. For more information, contact Muffin Amorosi Lynham of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., at 202-489-7431 or llynham. the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terraces at Tenleyâ&#x20AC;? would provide underground parking. But neighbors fear tenants would still favor free street parking there. On-street parking restrictions could place new apartment buildings in tough competition with existing buildings whose residents can apply for a Zone 3 permit, but Norman said that shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be an issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they wanted to market only to the 35 percent of the adults [in the District] who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have cars, they would still have a tremendous number of people they could market to,â&#x20AC;? he said. [the preservation office] is creating both a historic document and a guide for future development,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city has several wonderful examples of how an alley can be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;salvagedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and turned into a destination site as well as a commercially successful site.â&#x20AC;? Beidler said he hopes the Office of Planning will protect both the aesthetic and residential value of alley structures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incredible resource.â&#x20AC;? After all, he said, the story of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alleys is too good to keep secret forever. ings, according to board member Carl Roller. Marcel Ratnavale, an associate broker with ReMax Realty Services who handles many sales in McLean Gardens, said the complex sees steady real estate popularity for a number of reasons, including its prime location, petfriendly culture and the washers and dryers available in each unit. He said McLean Gardens also has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty thriving rental market,â&#x20AC;? because owners often rent their places rather than selling, and investors also rent out units. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;at any given time,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually about a dozen units for sale.â&#x20AC;? Properties typically range in price between about $220,000 for a studio and the low $500,000s for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the biggest, best units,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ratnavale is currently listing two active properties at McLean Gardens: a 1,076-square foot, onebedroom, two-bath unit for $369,000; and a corner one-bedroom, one-bath unit of 682 square feet for $319,000. More information about the properties is available at, and the Realtor is available at 301-5293820.

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for allâ&#x20AC;? of ideas that ignore relevant realities of economics, construction, zoning and historic preservation. But Miller thinks the popularity of certain concepts could turn the tide on some â&#x20AC;&#x153;anachronisticâ&#x20AC;? city regulations; he pointed out that sidewalk cafes werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t legal in D.C. for many years but are now widely embraced. He also said if one concept doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for a specific Popularise property, the ideaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prevalence on the website could convince other developers or entrepreneurs to pursue it for spots nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People think of real estate of a zero-sum game,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not.â&#x20AC;? And though the issue of gentrification seems bound to come up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for now, Popularise seems most likely to attract young, Internet-

The vacant retail space at 626 S St. NW â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the handful that Popularise now features â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is located on the ground floor of a small apartment complex. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s near the Shaw/Howard University Metro station and two major mixed-use developments now in the works: the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wonder Bread Factoryâ&#x20AC;? project across the street, and the Progression Place project near the Metro. The 1,160-square-foot site features high ceilings and an all-glass frontage, and offers 350 square feet of outdoor terrace space. The property owner, the United House of Prayer for All People, â&#x20AC;&#x153;wanted to give back a use to the community,â&#x20AC;? said Nooni Reatig, who is marketing the property and works for the Suzanne Reatig Architecture firm, which designed the building. Reatig said the space now â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty much a blank slateâ&#x20AC;? but could fit a small kitchen. The Popularise â&#x20AC;&#x153;drawing boardâ&#x20AC;? for this space can be found at savvy professionals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Miller said it â&#x20AC;&#x153;hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been an issueâ&#x20AC;? so far. Reatig, of the S Street property, first heard of Popularise from two colleagues, and immediately knew

she wanted to get involved in some way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A light went off,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, this could be a really great tool for community growth from the ground up.â&#x20AC;?



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These sales are among those recorded from Jan. 3 through March 9 by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue and listed on its Real Property Sales Database.


â&#x2013; 805 Allison St. in Petworth. Sold to Theresa M. Grosse for $335,000. â&#x2013;  3519 Alton Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Koki Nagata for $585,000. â&#x2013;  3716 Alton Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Brett H. Stauffer for $845,000. â&#x2013;  4127 Arkansas Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Alysa C. Francis for $320,000. â&#x2013;  4523 Arkansas Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Ombretta Caruana for $315,000. â&#x2013;  4520 Blagden Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Illinois Venture LLC for $300,000. â&#x2013;  4849 Brandywine St. in American University Park. Sold to Torris C. Smith for $679,900. â&#x2013;  4936 Brandywine St. in American University Park. Sold to Thomas Carothers for $925,000. â&#x2013;  5345 Broad Branch Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Sean Aday

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JUST SOLD for $860,000. â&#x2013; 4529 Burlington Place in American University Park. Sold to Anne M. Merwin for $805,000. â&#x2013;  2329 California St. in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Susan J. Svigos for $4,250,000. â&#x2013;  5514 Carolina Place in the Palisades. Sold to Daniel W. Luchsinger for $1,900,000. â&#x2013;  2206 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Keith B. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Doherty for $960,000. â&#x2013;  3021 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Wendy Morigi for $1,485,000. â&#x2013;  3314 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Columbia Home Development LLC for $775,000. â&#x2013;  3205 Cherry Hill Lane in Georgetown. Sold to Stephen Whitaker for $512,000. â&#x2013;  2701 Chesapeake St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Marc S. Ratner for $2,300,000. â&#x2013;  3219 Chesapeake St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Agustin I. Filippo for $1,050,000.




â&#x2013; 3607 Chesapeake St. in Wakefield. Sold to Jeffrey C. Goodell for $899,000. â&#x2013;  5103 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Pablo A. Pereira for $745,000. â&#x2013;  5109 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to 5109 Connecticut LLC for $550,000. â&#x2013;  1810 Corcoran St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Michael J. Courts for $799,000. â&#x2013;  1731 Crestwood Drive in Crestwood. Sold to Thomas Callahan for $976,500. â&#x2013;  525 Crittenden St. in Petworth. Sold to William F. Bryant III for $525,000. â&#x2013;  1206 Crittenden St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Margaret Chase for $495,000. â&#x2013;  1236 Crittenden St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to 1236 Crittenden Street LLC for $330,000. â&#x2013;  4607 Davenport St. in American University Park. Sold to Christopher W. Gormley for $600,500. â&#x2013;  508 Decatur St. in Petworth. Sold to Patrick G. Swift for $469,000. â&#x2013;  1317 Decatur St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Farah Fosse for $385,000. â&#x2013;  1423 Decatur St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Tamara S. Killion for $565,000. â&#x2013;  456 Delafield Place in Petworth. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $220,000. â&#x2013;  1404 Delafield Place in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Nicholas C. Savwoir for $225,000. â&#x2013;  3421 Dent Place in Georgetown. Sold to Domenica A. Lomonte for $1,273,750. â&#x2013;  4000 Ellicott St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Leslie Blair for $437,000. â&#x2013;  4002 Ellicott St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Jillian C. Watkins for $482,000. â&#x2013;  919 Emerson St. in Petworth. Sold to Jose R. Montequin for $270,000. â&#x2013;  1215 Emerson St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Leesha Hood for $470,350. â&#x2013;  1003 Fairmont St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Ryan J. Samuel for $345,000. â&#x2013;  724 Farragut St. in Petworth. Sold to Joshua D. Nanberg for

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$476,850. â&#x2013; 517 Fern Place in Brightwood. Sold to Thomas D. Manula Jr. for $384,500. â&#x2013;  3620 Fessenden St. in Wakefield. Sold to Nissa V. Alexandrov for $685,000. â&#x2013;  4738 Foxhall Crescent in Berkley. Sold to Camille Pecastaing for $1,570,000. â&#x2013;  4818 Foxhall Crescent in Berkley. Sold to Mohammad A. Zaidi for $1,900,000. â&#x2013;  4833 Foxhall Crescent in Berkley. Sold to Mona T. Elliot for $1,800,000. â&#x2013;  4849 Foxhall Crescent in Berkley. Sold to Adegbite Adeniji for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  2915 Foxhall Road in Wesley Heights. Sold to Pamela Hyde Smith Trustee for $1,740,000. â&#x2013;  3633 Fulton St. in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Francis X. McGuigan for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  1447 Girard St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Congressional Girard Street Development LLC for $645,000. â&#x2013;  4431 Greenwich Parkway in Foxhall Village. Sold to James E. Lyons for $685,000. â&#x2013;  1230 Hamilton St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Bonnie M. Foote for $540,000. â&#x2013;  1480 Harvard St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Congressional Harvard Street Development LLC for $700,000. â&#x2013;  771 Harvard St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Alexander B. Aaron for $338,000. â&#x2013;  1721 Harvard St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Lisa C. Pearlstein for $615,000. â&#x2013;  4910 Hillbrook Lane in Spring Valley. Sold to Sumpar Corp. for $1,750,000. â&#x2013;  4520 Hoban Road in Berkley. Sold to Thomas M. Davidson Jr. for $2,000,000. â&#x2013;  3541 Holmead Place in Columbia Heights. Sold to Pandwe A. Gibson for $429,000. â&#x2013;  2112 Huidekoper Place in Glover Park. Sold to Jeffrey Garigliano for $854,500. â&#x2013;  2324 Huidekoper Place in Glover Park. Sold to James W. Ross for $759,000. â&#x2013;  3803 Huntington St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Zachary Friedlis for $1,200,000.







â&#x2013; 5321 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Sandy Austin for $185,000. â&#x2013;  3619 Ingomar Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Pierre Taminiaux for $754,000. â&#x2013;  4503 Iowa Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Ryan D. Desmond for $399,000. â&#x2013;  1734 Irving St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Samuel Kina for $783,000. â&#x2013;  1846 Irving St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Jonah H. Schein for $632,000. â&#x2013;  3807 Kansas Ave. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Robert Bunsick for $660,000. â&#x2013;  4918 Kansas Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Jason M. Elder for $315,000. â&#x2013;  4607 Kenmore Drive in Berkley. Sold to Christopher J. Strickland for $979,000. â&#x2013;  4640 Kenmore Drive in Berkley. Sold to 4640 Kenmore LLC for $1,530,000. â&#x2013;  712 Kenyon St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Chitra Mahadevan for $615,000. â&#x2013;  1360 Kenyon St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Kimberly M. Vance for $419,000. â&#x2013;  1514 Kingman Place in Logan Circle. Sold to Raj Kumar for $1,250,000. â&#x2013;  2609 Klingle Road in Cleveland Park. Sold to Mary C. Bingham for $1,350,000. â&#x2013;  5109 Klingle St. in Kent. Sold to Gary S. Duncan for $2,070,000. â&#x2013;  2908 Legation St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jordan L. Bookey for $842,500. â&#x2013;  3611 Lowell St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Bertie M. Heiner for $1,430,000. â&#x2013;  2949 Macomb St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jared L. Oerke for $330,000. â&#x2013;  1233 Madison St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Lee M. Bruner III for $540,000. â&#x2013;  1631 Madison St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to 1631 Madison Street LLC for $480,000. â&#x2013;  2539 Massachusetts Ave. in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Capital Equity Management Group LLC for $3,000,000. â&#x2013;  5106 Massachusetts Ave. in Spring Valley. Sold to Oscorp Properties Inc. for $850,000. â&#x2013;  3811 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Kesha D. Evans for $750,000. â&#x2013;  3921 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Michael B. Kane Trustee for $1,275,000. â&#x2013;  3916 Morrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Travis E. Harrell for $835,000. â&#x2013;  2723 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Dana E. Landry for $2,150,000. â&#x2013;  2823 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to the Andrew R. Adler Revocable Trust for $4,600,000. â&#x2013;  3121 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Jennifer L. Morris for $1,260,000. â&#x2013;  2352 Nebraska Ave. in the Palisades. Sold to Alexandra T. Grogan for $800,000. See Sales/Page RE23

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From Page RE22 â&#x2013; 5224 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Darryl G. Stephens for $680,000. â&#x2013;  5277 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Brandon K. Gay for $725,000. â&#x2013;  5711 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Robert O. Carr for $810,000. â&#x2013;  5534 Nevada Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to James J. Graham for $825,000. â&#x2013;  3815 New Hampshire Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Victoria Taylor for $629,500. â&#x2013;  3914 New Hampshire Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Craig L. Berkenpas for $577,000. â&#x2013;  1642 Newton St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to DLP Capital Partners LLC for $417,240. â&#x2013;  2845 Northampton St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Ryan M. Mason for $760,000. â&#x2013;  2719 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to Claude L. Reilly for $1,075,000. â&#x2013;  2239 Observatory Place in Glover Park. Sold to Robert Z. Beasley for $665,000. â&#x2013;  3400 Oliver St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to McCullough Residential LLC for $700,000. â&#x2013;  1816 Ontario Place in Adams Morgan. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $392,500. â&#x2013;  2211 Ontario Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to John D. Oravec for $599,000. â&#x2013;  3220 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Matteo Morgandi for $967,500. â&#x2013;  5810 Oregon Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Joseph J. Miro for $735,000. â&#x2013;  3005 Oregon Knolls Drive in Chevy Chase. Sold to Kathy Slobogin for $1,035,000. â&#x2013;  1344 Otis Place in Columbia Heights. Sold to Andrew D. Baker for $682,000. â&#x2013;  3015 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to Ronald J. Cohen for $2,475,000. â&#x2013;  4415 P St. in Foxhall Village. Sold to 4415 P Street NW LLC for $680,000. â&#x2013;  4441 P St. in Foxhall Village. Sold to Frank Bartos for $625,000. â&#x2013;  5136 Palisade Lane in Kent.

Sold to Crystal C. Wade for $1,550,000. â&#x2013; 6527 Piney Branch Road in Brightwood. Sold to Brian Baines for $368,000. â&#x2013;  1701 Poplar Lane in Colonial Village. Sold to Gary C. Evans for $1,850,000. â&#x2013;  3248 Q St. in Georgetown. Sold to the Sean P. Glass Revocable Trust for $825,000. â&#x2013;  4477 Q St. in the Palisades. Sold to Jianyoung Wu for $730,000. â&#x2013;  3417 Quebec St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Camilla S. Carpenter for $851,000. â&#x2013;  3523 Quebec St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jeffrey R. Robertson for $915,000. â&#x2013;  910 Quincy St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Peter C. Alfano III for $525,000. â&#x2013;  2814 R St. in Georgetown. Sold to Edward L. Yingling for $1,695,000. â&#x2013;  938 Quincy St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Hubert C. Raglan for $559,000. â&#x2013;  1365 Quincy St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Rosa Jeong for $729,000. â&#x2013;  800 Quintana Place in Brightwood. Sold to Anna K.M. John for $240,000. â&#x2013;  531 Randolph St. in Petworth. Sold to Recap LLC for $407,500. â&#x2013;  3820 Reno Road in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Judah J. Levine for $1,800,000. â&#x2013;  4218 Reno Road in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Francisca M. Recio for $781,500. â&#x2013;  4411 Reno Road in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Adam G. Moomau for $860,000. â&#x2013;  3216 Reservoir Road in Georgetown. Sold to Tai-Ran Niew for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  525 Rittenhouse St. in Brightwood. Sold to Stuart J. Amos for $355,000. â&#x2013;  1322 Rittenhouse St. in Brightwood. Sold to Erin S. Frias for $479,000. â&#x2013;  5025 Rockwood Parkway in Spring Valley. Sold to Charles L. Wollenhaupt for $1,795,000. â&#x2013;  1103 S St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Ian Costello for $710,000. â&#x2013;  1317 Shepherd St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to 1317 Shepherd Street NW LLC for $750,000.

â&#x2013; 4912 Sherier Place in the Palisades. Sold to Charles B. King for $756,600. â&#x2013;  3112 Sherman Ave. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Rikin Mehta for $587,950. â&#x2013;  1329 Spring Road in Columbia Heights. Sold to MLC Properties LLC for $375,000. â&#x2013;  3393 Stephenson Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Sarah L. Oliver for $795,000. â&#x2013;  1739 Swann St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to William A. Cox Jr. for $890,000. â&#x2013;  1772 T St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Christopher K. Brown for $695,000. â&#x2013;  3109 Tennyson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Scott E. Faber for $929,500. â&#x2013;  3314 Tennyson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Richard C. Reisig for $950,000. â&#x2013;  614 Tewkesbury Place in Brightwood. Sold to James D. Bryden for $395,000. â&#x2013;  2867 Tilden St. in Forest Hills. Sold to 2867 Tilden Street LLC for $877,000. â&#x2013;  5033 Tilden St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Castle Sand Three LLC for $2,800,000. â&#x2013;  527 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to George Wilson for $270,000. â&#x2013;  1365 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to DMJ Holdings LLC for $336,000. â&#x2013;  1610 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to Katherine A. Pippert for $775,000. â&#x2013;  2437 Tunlaw Road in Glover Park. Sold to Peter Ludgin for $1,212,500. â&#x2013;  2550 University Place in Columbia Heights. Sold to Ivory Tower LLC for $757,000. â&#x2013;  419 Upshur St. in Petworth. Sold to Steven Cohn for $522,000. â&#x2013;  1981 Upshur St. in Crestwood. Sold to Amanda J. Pezalla for $660,000. â&#x2013;  2941 Upton St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Nicholas R. Braden for $761,000. â&#x2013;  4654 Upton St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Andrew M. Cantor for $1,216,656. â&#x2013;  5208 Upton Terrace in Spring Valley. Sold to Joseph B. Callahan for $1,375,000. â&#x2013;  1641 V St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to John Thorne for $707,000.


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â&#x2013; 1720 V St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michael Mosier for $755,000. â&#x2013;  5012 V St. in the Palisades. Sold to Brent A. Bohmont for $692,500. â&#x2013;  1417 Van Buren St. in Brightwood. Sold to Emilio Martinez for $456,000. â&#x2013;  3824 Van Ness St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Courtney M. Knowles for $720,000. â&#x2013;  411 Varnum St. in Petworth. Sold to True Turtle LLC for $295,000. â&#x2013;  1425 Varnum St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Ram K. Chopra for $440,199. â&#x2013;  1605 Varnum St. in Crestwood. Sold to Nantucket Holdings Ltd. for $505,000. â&#x2013;  3216 Volta Place in Georgetown. Sold to Monica Bauer-Hesling for $2,490,000. â&#x2013;  3733 Warren St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Brian L. Greenberg for $936,500. â&#x2013;  728 Webster St. in Petworth. Sold to John P. Osteen for $539,000. â&#x2013;  4310 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to

Jeevendranath Thakoor for $800,000. â&#x2013; 4319 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Aileen Marshall for $865,000. â&#x2013;  4324 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Mary Patricia Fitzsimmons Trustee for $875,000. â&#x2013;  3604 Winfield Lane in Georgetown. Sold to ZiadMichael R. Ayoub for $1,405,000. â&#x2013;  2743 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to James E. Tyrrell Jr. for $830,000. â&#x2013;  4809 Woodway Lane in Spring Valley. Sold to Mehdi Pirzadeh for $1,800,000. â&#x2013;  4817 Woodway Lane in Spring Valley. Sold to Adaire C. Plesnarski for $1,755,000. â&#x2013;  2126 Wyoming Ave. in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Steven M. Sushner for $3,099,000. â&#x2013;  3904 Yuma St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Daniel A. Hunt for $920,000. â&#x2013;  4008 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Ulysses S. Glee for $310,000. See Sales/Page RE24



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From Page RE23 â&#x2013; 4019 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Linda Cotton for $512,000. â&#x2013;  5223 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Athena Fulay for $220,000. â&#x2013;  5407 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Cheryl M. Hayes for $231,000. â&#x2013;  6620 6th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Linnea Fechter for $627,000. â&#x2013;  4912 7th St. in Petworth. Sold to Kiara B. Griggs for $337,000. â&#x2013;  6200 7th St. in Brightwood. Sold to 53rd Place LLC for $212,500. â&#x2013;  6411 7th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Torey L. Carter for $295,000. â&#x2013;  4107 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Rebecca Y. Valentine for $375,000. â&#x2013;  5737 9th St. in Petworth. Sold to 5737 9th Street LLC for $206,000. â&#x2013;  7812 12th St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Daniel B. Schwartz for $570,000. â&#x2013;  2723 13th St. in Columbia Heights. Sold to Howard Krochak for $675,000. â&#x2013;  4507 13th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Brian McCauley

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2012 for $520,000. â&#x2013;  5507 13th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Paul Fain for $352,000. â&#x2013;  5521 13th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Patton A. Sarno for $300,000. â&#x2013;  6217 14th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Harbour Maryland Properties LLC for $300,000. â&#x2013;  3602 16th St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to 3602 16th Street LLC for $399,999. â&#x2013;  4705 16th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Shaila Gupta for $590,000. â&#x2013;  3149 17th St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Creative DC Properties LLC for $505,000. â&#x2013;  2900 18th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Catherine A. Czuba Revocable Trust for $600,000. â&#x2013;  3349 18th St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Pete Koutromanos for $450,000. â&#x2013;  1002 23rd St. in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Anand A. Devadas for $815,000. â&#x2013;  1504 26th St. in Georgetown. Sold to David M. Tafuri for $1,748,000. â&#x2013;  1312 27th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Janet C. Capazo for $719,000. â&#x2013;  1320 27th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Brandon J. Linton for $899,000. â&#x2013;  5717 27th St. in Chevy



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Chase. Sold to Claire Walling for $565,000. â&#x2013; 5337 28th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Camille Y. Johnson for $705,000. â&#x2013;  6320 29th Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Randal S. Templeton for $900,000. â&#x2013;  1516 29th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Martin D. Teckler for $2,225,000. â&#x2013;  5911 31st Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Margaret DeBoer for $700,000. â&#x2013;  6327 31st Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Scott R. Worden for $723,000. â&#x2013;  1515 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to Gideon C. Roy III for $3,250,000. â&#x2013;  1507 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Michael J. Salzberg for $2,000,000. â&#x2013;  1634 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Erwin J. Moosher for $770,000. â&#x2013;  5921 33rd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Rupsha 2008 LLC for $650,000. â&#x2013;  5180 34th St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Roberta W. Sims for $689,000. â&#x2013;  2720 35th Place in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Hunter A. Hohlt for $1,900,000. â&#x2013;  1812 37th St. in Burleith. Sold to John Juenemann for $475,000. â&#x2013;  4215 37th St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Roger J. Segalla for $875,000. â&#x2013;  2220 38th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Thomas M. Peratta for $736,000. â&#x2013;  5101 38th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Emily A. Lenzner for $1,280,000. â&#x2013;  2434 39th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Morgan W. Kennedy for $767,500. â&#x2013;  4413 39th St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Carol A. Petsonk for $323,000. â&#x2013;  4540 43rd St. in American University Park. Sold to Anne Rancourt for $946,000. â&#x2013;  2205 46th St. in Berkley.

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Sold to James Bordenave for $1,210,000. â&#x2013; 4729 47th St. in American University Park. Sold to Rupsha 2006 LLC for $650,000. â&#x2013;  2335 49th St. in Berkley. Sold to Paul V. Lettow for $977,500.


â&#x2013; 1602 Belmont St. Unit 2B1 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Andrew W. Dyer Jr. for $226,793. â&#x2013;  1622 Belmont St. Unit 6L2 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Heinrich M. Hanada for $590,000. â&#x2013;  1927 Belmont Road Unit 1084 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michael F. Buchwald for $710,000. â&#x2013;  2032-2040 Belmont Road Unit 107 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Lelia M. Mooney-Sirotinsky for $385,000. â&#x2013;  2032-2040 Belmont Road Unit 514 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jared L. Green for $250,000. â&#x2013;  27 Bishops Gate Court Unit 50 in Logan Circle. Sold to John A. Humbertson for $449,900. â&#x2013;  1831 California St. Unit 21 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Eric Walter for $344,500. â&#x2013;  3901 Cathedral Ave. Unit 98 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Gretchen Ruck for $372,000. â&#x2013;  4100 Cathedral Ave. Unit 701 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Andrew B. Taylor for $500,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 724E in Wesley Heights. Sold to June Villarreal for $408,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 1001E in Wesley Heights. Sold to Pedro Alba for $435,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 1024W in Wesley Heights. Sold to Gene R. La Rocque for $400,000. â&#x2013;  2363 Champlain St. Unit 7 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jennifer A. Larson for $590,000. â&#x2013;  1851 Columbia Road Unit 407 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Wassef W. Nawar for $322,500. â&#x2013;  1851 Columbia Road Unit 608 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Timothy A. Staffa for $340,000. â&#x2013;  1880 Columbia Road Unit 301 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Valeria Perotti for $339,000. â&#x2013;  1954 Columbia Road Unit 603 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Kristian Sorensen for $390,000. â&#x2013;  2725 Connecticut Ave. Unit 807 in Woodley Park. Sold to Leonid Zhadanovsky for $415,900. â&#x2013;  4600 Connecticut Ave. Unit 222 in Wakefield. Sold to Scott Colman for $199,900. â&#x2013;  4600 Connecticut Ave. Unit 414 in Wakefield. Sold to Joseph S. Bernstein for $125,000. â&#x2013;  4707 Connecticut Ave. Unit 414 in Forest Hills. Sold to Feliciano H. Iglesias for $445,000. â&#x2013;  5315 Connecticut Ave. Unit 601 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Rosa A. Fuentes-Servellon for $215,000. â&#x2013;  5406 Connecticut Ave. Unit 704 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Marcia M. Coutinho for $278,000. â&#x2013;  5410 Connecticut Ave. Unit 812 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Richard C. Donaldson for

$375,000. â&#x2013; 4600 Connecticut Ave. Unit 511 in Wakefield. Sold to Parvin R. Huda for $265,000. â&#x2013;  1328 Corcoran St. Unit 2 in Logan Circle. Sold to Keith T. Conrad for $770,000. â&#x2013;  1449 Corcoran St. Unit 2 in Logan Circle. Sold to Geeta Upadhyay for $487,100. â&#x2013;  1601 Corcoran St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Stephen Rose for $325,000. â&#x2013;  1718 Corcoran St. Unit 45 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Petrus J. Van Oevelen for $945,000. â&#x2013;  3817 Davis Place Unit 6 in Glover Park. Sold to Nicholas Rubino for $247,350. â&#x2013;  3821 Davis Place Unit 4 in Glover Park. Sold to Brendan R. Rogers for $270,000. â&#x2013;  3821 Davis Place Unit 5 in Glover Park. Sold to Kayo Investments Series 1 for $260,000. â&#x2013;  3835 Davis Place Unit 6 in Glover Park. Sold to Ellen R. Weiss for $245,830. â&#x2013;  4114 Davis Place Unit 103 in Glover Park. Sold to Rafael Diaz-Loyola for $240,000. â&#x2013;  3014 Dent Place Unit 6E in Georgetown. Sold to Daniel O. Hartenstine for $305,031. â&#x2013;  2737 Devonshire Place Unit 309 in Woodley Park. Sold to Jonathan B. Mellon for $389,500. â&#x2013;  1020 Fairmont St. Unit 2 in Columbia Heights. Sold to John J. Uglow for $306,000. â&#x2013;  3225 Grace St. Unit 226 in Georgetown. Sold to Denise Natali for $535,000. â&#x2013;  2401 H St. Unit 901 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Ethel Brooks for $200,000. â&#x2013;  3051 Idaho Ave. Unit 306 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Homayoun D. Ali Madadi for $225,000. â&#x2013;  3299 K St. Unit 701 in Georgetown. Sold to Thank C. Sam for $445,000. â&#x2013;  1101 L St. Unit 703 in Logan Circle. Sold to Amenidad M. Monteiro for $115,900. â&#x2013;  2201 L St. Unit 312 in the West End. Sold to Apostolos T. Eliopoulos for $255,000. â&#x2013;  20 Logan Circle Unit 2-1 in Logan Circle. Sold to Elizabeth L. Norton for $560,000. â&#x2013;  4400 MacArthur Blvd. Unit 203 in the Palisades. Sold to Patricia A. Gogos for $350,000. â&#x2013;  4570 MacArthur Blvd. Unit G7 in the Palisades. Sold to Joel Klenck for $239,900. â&#x2013;  4631 MacArthur Blvd. Unit A in Berkley. Sold to James B. Frownfelter for $275,000. â&#x2013;  2710 Macomb St. Unit 405 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Conrad R. Gagnon Jr. for $352,000. â&#x2013;  301 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 306 in Downtown D.C. Sold to Michael P. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien for $282,500. â&#x2013;  400 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 702 in Downtown D.C. Sold to Kristy M. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ambrosio for $250,000. â&#x2013;  555 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 1316 in Downtown D.C. See Sales/Page RE25


From Page RE24 Sold to Aaron Kano for $388,000. â&#x2013; 555 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 1402 in Downtown D.C. Sold to Timothy Naylor for $538,000. â&#x2013;  4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 403 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Ellen R. Berlow for $585,000. â&#x2013;  4301 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 1005 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jose Orlando Alvarez-Cruz for $455,000. â&#x2013;  4301 Military Road Unit 209 in Friendship Heights. Sold to Thomas J. Delaney for $575,000. â&#x2013;  1842 Mintwood Place Unit 1 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Basel Alloush for $575,000. â&#x2013;  1420 N St. Unit 303 in Logan Circle. Sold to Chloe J. Dybdahl for $303,000. â&#x2013;  2117 N St. Unit 4 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Blake Congdon for $530,500. â&#x2013;  1316 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 704 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Robert Khitrik for $289,900. â&#x2013;  1330 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 415 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Joseph S. Vuckovich for $399,000. â&#x2013;  1330 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 720 in Dupont Circle. Sold to James Ostryniec for $250,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 708 in Glover Park. Sold to Mary T. Brennan for $610,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 908 in Glover Park. Sold to Sandra N. Rosenbloom for $685,000. â&#x2013;  3033 New Mexico Ave. Unit 208 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Joshua M. Saltzman for $203,000. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 557 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Ileana Popo for $326,000. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 1106 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Vasilio Demetriou for $570,000. â&#x2013;  2755 Ordway St. Unit 405 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Michael David for $260,000. â&#x2013;  1013 Paper Mill Court Unit 1013 in Georgetown. Sold to Melissa S. Sims for $560,000. â&#x2013;  1014 Paper Mill Court Unit 1014 in Georgetown. Sold to Daniel T. Hopkins for $545,000. â&#x2013;  2555 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 901 in the West End. Sold to Mary P. Finnerty for $525,000. â&#x2013;  3840 Porter St. Unit 381 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Amy E. Hirschauer for $320,000. â&#x2013;  1401 Q St. Unit T-2 in Logan Circle. Sold to Peter C. Shaw for $460,000. â&#x2013;  1408 Q St. Unit 11 in Logan Circle. Sold to Matthew J. McMahon for $630,000. â&#x2013;  1525 Q St. Unit 4 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Adrienne F. Frazier for $380,000. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 331 in Georgetown. Sold to Richard A. Goldberg for $328,000. â&#x2013;  1423 R St. Unit 506 in Logan Circle. Sold to Susan Duberstein for $303,000. â&#x2013;  3800 Rodman St. Unit 1 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Fiona T.

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2012 Evans for $305,000. â&#x2013;  3839 Rodman St. Unit D34 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Marina C. Santos for $207,000. â&#x2013;  1706 S St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to John R. Means for $585,000. â&#x2013;  1829 S St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kari S. Elwood for $300,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 207 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Lawrence M. Lanwehr for $197,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 317 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Nicholas D. Petruccelli for $198,694. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 712 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Ronald Baygents for $226,900. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 714 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Suzanne M. Callahan for $155,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 801 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Joette Katz for $255,000. â&#x2013;  3207 Sutton Place Unit 3207A in Wesley Heights. Sold to Eunice H. Chung for $542,500. â&#x2013;  3273 Sutton Place Unit 3273B in Wesley Heights. Sold to Christine M. Kuppens for $630,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 334 in Forest Hills. Sold to Aurora Ferrari for $198,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 526 in Forest Hills. Sold to Vinod K. Thukral Living Trust for $235,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 1143 in Forest Hills. Sold to Mahendra Cathan for $249,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 1147 in Forest Hills. Sold to Christine E. McDonald for $455,000. â&#x2013;  1811 Vernon St. Unit 302 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Christopher W. Wilken for $374,950. â&#x2013;  1812 Vernon St. Unit 21 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Anna M. Nelson for $375,000. â&#x2013;  1731 Willard St. Unit 105 in Dupont Circle. Sold to John P. Bentley for $290,900. â&#x2013;  2111 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 315 in Glover Park. Sold to Nadia Berardi for $216,000. â&#x2013;  3601 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 705 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jean F. Dorsey for $280,000. â&#x2013;  1848 Wyoming Ave. Unit 103 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Christopher C. Diblasi for $345,000. â&#x2013;  811 4th St. Unit 429 in Downtown D.C. Sold to Patricia E. Bruckner for $579,900. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 105 in Logan Circle. Sold to David A. Yocis for $417,000. â&#x2013;  4120 14th St. Unit 31 in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Kathleen Hunter for $205,000. â&#x2013;  1407 15th St. Unit 2 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Theodore N. Nemeroff for $520,000. â&#x2013;  2827 15th St. Unit 301 in Columbia Heights. Sold to Douglas J. Arnold for $542,000. â&#x2013;  2901 16th St. Unit 203 in Columbia Heights. Sold to Erin R. Bzymek for $225,000. â&#x2013;  1401 17th St. Unit 207 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Tyrone J.

Valdivia for $345,000. â&#x2013; 1726 17th St. Unit 302 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jonathan Liu for $414,000. â&#x2013;  1916 17th St. Unit 311 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Lydia R. Omardin for $389,000. â&#x2013;  1939 17th St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jing Liu for $219,000. â&#x2013;  2300 18th St. Unit 108 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Paige Morency-Brassard for $343,000. â&#x2013;  1545 18th St. Unit 507 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Douglas S. Goldhill for $242,500. â&#x2013;  1736 18th St. Unit 303 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Amy E. Slechta for $535,000. â&#x2013;  1616 19th St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Hatem Hatem for $520,000. â&#x2013;  2415 20th St. Unit 24 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Judyt E. Mandel for $560,000. â&#x2013;  522 21st St. Unit 309 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Chetan S. Bhargirl for $181,000. â&#x2013;  1280 21st St. Unit 202 in Dupont Circle. Sold to George Schlittner for $340,000. â&#x2013;  1280 21st St. Unit 708 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Emily Heid for $240,000. â&#x2013;  1318 22nd St. Unit 206 in the West End. Sold to Jeeyeon Seo for $349,000. â&#x2013;  1155 23rd St. Unit N8G in the West End. Sold to Yoshimichi Kawasumi for $676,000. â&#x2013;  1015 33rd St. Unit 802 in

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Georgetown. Sold to Tomas F. Campero fo $699,000.


â&#x2013; 3305 Cleveland Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Sanjay Puri for $1,315,000. â&#x2013;  1340 Corcoran St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Keith W. Stiles for $1,675,000. â&#x2013;  2236 Hall Place in Glover Park. Sold to Michelle N. Wormmeester for $975,000. â&#x2013;  1412 Hopkins St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Glenn M. Engelmann for $1,725,000. â&#x2013;  3702 Jenifer St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jametta E. Jenkins for $720,000. â&#x2013;  2003 Kalorama Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jeffrey D. Fergus for $2,300,000. â&#x2013;  1654 Newton St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Gad Magdieli for $715,000. â&#x2013;  2700 Q St. in Georgetown. Sold to Kew Building LLC for $4,012,500. â&#x2013;  1736 R St. in Dupont Circle.


Sold to Robert B. Drumheler for $2,695,000. â&#x2013; 2023 R St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Dale A. Louda for $2,325,000. â&#x2013;  1540 T St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Hastie K. Afkhami for $1,360,000. â&#x2013;  1605 T St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Diana V. Valdivia for $830,000. â&#x2013;  1759 U St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Mark Takeuchi for $1,231,000. â&#x2013;  2626 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Carlos Pascual for $1,287,000. â&#x2013;  1801 13th St. in Logan Circle. Sold to 1801 13th St. LLC for $950,000. â&#x2013;  2807 18th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Desmond G. Hunt for $873,500. â&#x2013;  1735 19th St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Bernard T. Reiser Jr. for $1,435,000. â&#x2013;  1006 22nd St. in the West End. Sold to Timberlake Foster for $1,260,000.



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DESIGN From Page RE1

showstopping two-level, handrubbed brass chandelier that lights up the curving stairwell — and nods at 1960s designer John Kostick’s foldable star sculptures — that guests will remember best. And, like everything in the show house, the lighting is for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting, as do ticket sales, the Children’s National Medical Center. Other designers took the midcentury idea and ran with it — far away, fortunately, from the reductive “Mad Men” tropes that have popped up everywhere in recent years. So Victoria Sanchez’s explosion of Missoni in her “teenagers’ getaway” space is a thoroughly modern, not just mod, design. The impetus behind the space, said Sanchez, who has teenagers of her own, was to imagine an “out of the ordinary” hangout spot. The riot of pattern and texture (just try not to touch the window sheers’ embroidered dots) uses a saturated palette that glows “like a candy box” in the afternoon sun, she said. Her room centers on a hugely oversized Missoni pendant, but the Italian design house’s trademark zigzag and other patterns are found on nearly every surface here. Midcentury modern again pops

up in D.C.-based designer Tricia Huntley’s master sitting room. Fans of the style should take notes on her use of movement: no rigid, Danish modern lines here, just a comma curve of seating around a tufted leather drum of an ottoman. And the mix is crucial, too: Huntley incorporated pieces from the 1940s through the 1970s, yielding a curated, lived-in look rather than a stage set. A spot-on blend of art, both conceptual and figural, and accessories, including a brass halo of a chandelier (brass is truly back in this design house), makes this sitting room pulse with energy — but it also remains relaxing. The room’s restfulness is due in part to the neutral that pops up in

Photos by Robert Radifera

At top left, D.C.-based designer Tricia Huntley curated items from the ’40s through the ’70s for a midcentury mix that goes beyond the “Mad Men” clichés. Above, Christopher Patrick, also a D.C.-based designer, used natural materials and unexpected, library-inspired lighting for a fresh take on a family bath. At bottom left, Nancy Twomey’s double headboard and fabricwrapped platform bed are exciting takeaway design ideas in a soothing little boy’s room. nearly every space here: Gray, it seems, is here to stay, even in unexpected spots. For design house visitors who spy Nadia Subaran’s kitchen, for example, the all-white kitchen may suddenly seem a thing of the past. Subaran combines slate gray Wood-Mode cabinets with rich walnut tones on an island and pantry storage. A quartzite countertop dubbed “mother of pearl” abuts a backsplash made of actual motherof-pearl tiles; their shimmer — along with turquoise hardware on some cabinets — provides the jewelry for the room. Because they are widely photographed — look for these rooms in shelter magazines in the coming months — design homes often spread trends as well as reflect them. This eat-in kitchen with a working, marble-surround fireplace will likely find many fans as a welcome respite from years of islandonly kitchens. A breakfast bar with a second sink and dishwasher is another trend that is gaining steam. And this space also demonstrates how to tone down the hard-edged industrial look that has reigned for some time in kitchens: with color, shimmer and soft lighting, as in the island’s pendant. Gray — though shading into blue — also cools the warm apricots and corals in Shazalynn CavinWinfrey’s formal dining room, a space that has a candlelight glow even at midday. Visitors looking for ways to create a good flow for entertaining should take note of this space: Custom corner banquettes flank a console table that can be set up as a bar for cocktail hour, a dessert table after dinner, et cetera. The result is a circular path that also incorporates the round dining table beneath a bold Niermann Weeks

chandelier. The dining room also highlights a design-house truism: Don’t spend too much money on the floor. With thousands of visitors expected, there’s no reason to lay out priceless antique rugs that won’t register in most photographs anyway. But most designers’ solution in this year’s house was to install sisal or similar natural (and cheap) floor coverings — a decision that yielded surprisingly stylish results. Even in the formal dining space, the natural material provides a needed casual counterpoint to the rich textures and colors that continue right up to the ceiling’s marbleized wallpaper. Turn up the color temperature on the dining room’s corals, and the result is the nearby orangerie by Kelley Proxmire. Wrapped in Pantone’s color of the year, tangerine, the sunlit room is cooled off by ample greenery and — of course — gray accents, as in a cheeky toile on the room’s central table. What also works here is an airy approach that leaves enough negative space among furnishings to highlight the room’s volume. It’s a room in wonderful balance despite its huge size. A design home’s main rooms may garner most of the ink, but smaller spaces may be more likely to provide useful design tips. Take the children’s bedrooms on the third floor, for example. Susan Nelson’s spot that she designed for a teenage girl is a blueprint for how to incorporate furnishings from early childhood into the high school years. Masterfully avoiding the matchymatchy trap that girls’ bedrooms often spring on designers, Nelson wrapped the room in a wallpaper by Farrow and Ball — a design house sponsor — and added a baker’s dozen of additional patterns on pillows and other textiles. A bamboo

daybed, coat tree in the shape of an actual tree and bird sculptures (ideal for catching tossed clothing) add a dose of fantasy and wanderlust to the space. Opposite Nelson’s extravaganza of pattern and color, Nancy Twomey has created a restful spot for a little boy in shades of sand and sky. An ingenious platform bed is fully wrapped — legs and all — in a linen stripe that echoes the walls’ painted striations. This is a tactile, not just a visual room, thanks in part to a floor covering reminiscent of a cable-knit sweater. Twomey, whose design studio Finnian’s Moon specializes in spaces for children, also came up with a way to visually bulk up a puny twin-sized bed: a queen-sized headboard behind the twin. Like a wellframed picture, the small bed suddenly seems more substantial. Besides Huntley, three other D.C.-based designers are participating in this year’s design house. Christopher Boutlier designed a ground-floor hallway with a strié wall treatment to welcome residents and guests to the less public wing of the home, and Brian VanFleet met the challenge of a mirror-clad bath with sophisticated artwork and a wall treatment that evokes water at night. District-based designer Christopher Patrick reimagined the third-floor bath with a nod to the home’s past. Burgundy pinwheel wallpaper and a vanity that combines natural wood cabinetry with a marble top somehow yields — thanks to the alchemy of design — a spot that brings to mind a library and an old-school sports club, yet is perfect as an upstairs family bath. For details or to purchase tickets to tour the 2012 DC Design House, vist

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ments as the law school becomes a positive and vibrant addition to Tenleytown.â&#x20AC;? The school will require students, faculty and others who drive to the campus to park in its 400-space underground garage or 50-space surface lot, and will ticket those who park on neighboring streets. It also agreed to preserve historic buildings and green space on the property.

both sides of the narrow, winding residential streets near the design home. Residents also worried the problem would only continue once visitors traveling by car start lining up to see the design house. Event organizers said they anticipate hosting 5,000 visitors at the design house over the four weeks, with a few hundred each day, and the highest volume anticipated on the weekends. At their April 4 meeting, commissioners peppered design house organizers with questions about parking and traffic, and asked why they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visited the commission earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one wants to frustrate a charity with a good cause, but organizers should think about how this might inconvenience people for nearly a month,â&#x20AC;? Smith said in an interview. Despite the unusual volume of traffic in a residential neighborhood for the event, city regulations do not require organizers of public events

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some form â&#x20AC;&#x201D; under this new level of scrutiny. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve asked for a meeting with DCRA, a sit-down with them, to get all the questions answered,â&#x20AC;? said Kristen Barden, director of the Adams Morgan Partnership business improvement district. So far, she said, explanations have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;all over the map.â&#x20AC;? Vargas from the regulatory department didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer an explanation, but wrote in an email that the meeting will address businessesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; questions about compliance. In response to conflicting reports about whether the police department or the regulatory agency initiated the enforcement, Vargas wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCRA was asked by MPD to do compliance checks â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? The secondhand business license â&#x20AC;&#x201D; usually associated more with pawnshops â&#x20AC;&#x201D; includes requirements for background checks, fingerprints and detailed records of all purchases. Anna Kahoe, owner of home furnishings store GoodWood, described the license as a significantly more burdensome than the general business license, which owners can renew online every two years. Kahoe knows all about the differences since she has actually held a secondhand business license in the past. When that license expired recently, the regulatory department told Kahoe she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to renew it, and that she qualified instead for a general business license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really excited,â&#x20AC;? she said. But during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspector visit, Kahoe was told sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need to get the secondhand license after all. Because she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to risk paying the threatened $2,000-perday fines, Kahoe took care of her paperwork within the last few days. She paid $900 (including a late fee) for her secondhand license. But she said her compliance doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got the license â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not interested in changing the regulations.â&#x20AC;? Bill Daly, owner of Crooked Beat, declined extensive comment but wrote in an email last week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I can say is that the DC government fails miserably when it comes to communicating effectively with small businesses in this city.â&#x20AC;?

hosted inside a home to seek neighborhood commission or other governmental approval. Event founder Skip Singleton and design house committee member Karen Beiley, who serves as an advisory neighborhood commissioner for the Forest Hills neighborhood, said at the meeting that the design house was chosen in January, calling the selection process a â&#x20AC;&#x153;scramble.â&#x20AC;? Responding to questions about the preparations for the design house, Beiley said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve handled everything the same way we did last year, and everything went smoothly then,â&#x20AC;? noting that the 2011 design house was in her neighborhood, at 3134 Ellicott St. Singleton and Beiley said they wanted to be good neighbors to the community, and vowed to return to the organizing committee and respond to concerns. Four days later, signs stating â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Show House Parkingâ&#x20AC;? were posted on Rockwood Parkway, Indian Lane and Glenbrook Road near the design house. Organizers also left letters at neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes with more information and complimentary tickets to the

design house. At the meeting, Beiley conceded that deliveries last week that were scheduled to be staggered didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out that way, and instead â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyone showed up at once.â&#x20AC;? She added that she thought the worst of delivery traffic was over. But commissioners werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already experienced traffic issues during the setup, so whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen, especially on weekends, once the house opens?â&#x20AC;? Smith asked in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glenbrook Road is a key connector in and out of Spring Valley. While [Beiley] said the design house was in her neighborhood last year and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a problem, every neighborhood is different â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of thinking that should happen ahead of time.â&#x20AC;? While parking is legal on both sides of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads, Smith said these residential streets werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t designed to handle back-to-back parking of hundreds of cars at one time on both sides of the streets. Wells said that after she toured the design house site last month, she sought advice from the Metropolitan


Police Department about possible traffic and parking issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something she would like to see design house organizers do for future events. Wells said both police and neighborhood commissioners will be monitoring traffic and parking at the design house this year. Complicating matters is the demolition and removal of buried munitions from a home owned by American University at 4825 Glenbrook Road. Work there is set to start in May, and will likely overlap with the design house, which runs through May 13. Wells said the Army Corps has assured her that visitors and neighbors will be safe during the demolition and removal processes. Despite the bumps in the road, Wells said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad to see the design house in her neighborhood. She lives about a block from the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m rather pleased that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing people in to see the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope, as well as some of the residents Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spoken with, is that this will be a positive experience and people will look at the neighborhood as an attractive place.â&#x20AC;?








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Wednesday aprIl 11 Class â&#x2013; The Guy Mason Community Center and Macomb Recreation Center will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,â&#x20AC;? a seven-session class featuring local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 13. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Violinist Caroline Goulding will perform. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Steve Lehman Trio. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Senegalese singer/composer Cheikh Lo will perform as part of the Francophonie Festival 2012. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Fixing Cybersecurity Is So Difficult.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room B07, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Friends of the Tenley Library and the Tenleytown Historical Society will present a talk by Valerie Brown and Barbara Glickman, authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Splendor: Parks and Gardens of Washington D.C.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. Films â&#x2013;  The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Meridian Hill Pictures will present short films on water and sanitation in Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh. A post-screening discussion will feature D.C. filmmaker Stephen Sapienza and Nigerian journalist Ameto Akpe. 7:30 p.m. Free. Modern Times Coffeehouse, Politics and

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Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Lions of Czech Film series will preset Robert SedlĂĄcekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Live the Family.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Thursday, April 12

Thursday aprIl 12 Class â&#x2013; Circle Yoga teacher Liz Chabra will lead an introductory workshop. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202686-1104. Concerts â&#x2013;  Japanese flutist Yoko Owada and the Tim Janis Ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overturesâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature pianist Yu Kosuge. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Diotima String Quartet will perform. 7:30 p.m. $8 to $20. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  Flutist Daniela Koch (shown) and pianist Christian Reif will perform works by Mozart, FaurĂŠ, Dutilleux, Chaminade, Hindemith, Pirchner and BĂśhm. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Clive Atyeo of the U.S. Botanic Garden will demonstrate how to repot

Thursday, april 12 â&#x2013; Film: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will open with the local premiere of the Canadian comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starbuck.â&#x20AC;? A party at Bar Louie in Chinatown will follow. 7 p.m. $25. Regal Cinemas Gallery Place, 701 7th St. NW. 202-628-3456. The festival will continue at various venues through April 22. orchids. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improving Food Supply: Empowering Women and Girls.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Norton Juster will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition,â&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m.; and Richard Zacks will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Island of Vice: Theodore Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doomed Quest to

Clean Up Sin-Loving New York,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Journalist Barbara Slavin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Containment Can Work in Iran.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  Rabbi Sivan Maas will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Can You Live in Israel and Be Secular?â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Copley Hall Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Satirist and former North Korean propaganda artist Song Byeok will discuss his work. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Rev. Guy J. Consolmagno of the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo in Rome will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matter of Meteorites â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Why It Matters.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 108, Hannan Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5315. â&#x2013;  Kate Masur, associate professor of history and African-American studies at Northwestern University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Runaway Slaves and the Origins of Emancipation in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Seventh floor, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bruce Richardson, editor of an expanded and illustrated edition of Okakuraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book of Tea,â&#x20AC;? will read from the book. The event will include a tea tasting. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Teaism Tea Shop, 400 8th St. NW. 202-638-7740. â&#x2013;  Lanxin Xiang, professor of international history and politics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and chair of international affairs at Fudan University in Shanghai, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Chinese View the Euro Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Room 812, Rome Building, Johns See Events/Page 45





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Continued From Page 44 Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Marc Lynch, associate professor at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Eben Kirksey, visiting assistant professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 501, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Joyce Denney, assistant curator at the Metropolitan Art Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noh Costumes: An American Appreciation.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday People: Photographic Portraits.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  S.H. Sohmer, president and director of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a Botanical Institute (Nearly) From Scratch: A Tale of Philanthropy and Fortitude.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Daniel V. Papero, a faculty member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neuroscience and Bowen Theory.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present a screening of the 10 jury-selected finalists in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot Home Movie Contest.â&#x20AC;? Audience members will select a winner to be shown at the 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank will present Maria Elena Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madwomen,â&#x20AC;? about the discovery of Chilean Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archive. A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of the Republic of Korea will present Oh Seong-yoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild.â&#x20AC;? A discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-5876153. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Alliance Française de Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Is More: Snapshots of Belgian Performing Artsâ&#x20AC;? festival, the duo Compagnie Oh My God! will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Nice,â&#x20AC;? a look at two 16th-century symbols of femininity and power. 8 p.m. $20. Undercroft Theatre, Mount Vernon Place

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Events Entertainment United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. The festival will continue at various venues through Saturday. Special event â&#x2013; Mixologist Dale DeGroff will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Town! A Tribute to Bars, Speaks, and Legendary Saloons,â&#x20AC;? an evening of stories, drinks and songs from legendary watering holes. Proceeds will benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail. 6 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Cincinnati Reds. 1:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Friday, April 13

Friday aprIl 13 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; A National Library Week Party will feature books, music, snacks and a craft activity. 4 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Damase and Ravel. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, flutist Yoko Owada, pianist Michael Langlois and percussionists Chris DeChiara and Eric Plewinski will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Japanese Musical Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Arts@Midday will feature mezzosoprano Linn Maxwell performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hildegarde of Bingen and the Living Light,â&#x20AC;? a one-woman play about a 12th-centry mystic and composer. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286.

Friday, april 13 â&#x2013; Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Anoushka Shankar and the Traveller Ensemble performing Gypsy music on traditional Indian and Spanish instruments. 8 p.m. $20 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000.

â&#x2013; David Chalmers of the Community of Jesus in Orleans, Mass., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friday Music Series, singer/songwriter Suely Mesquita will perform. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Loop 2.4.3, a Brooklyn-based percussion duo, will collaborate with D.C. musicians in a benefit concert for Covenant House. 7 p.m. Free; donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-232-5483. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? theater cabaret series will feature Emily Skinner. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  GW Opera will perform Aaron Coplandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tender Land.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  KC Jazz Club will feature vocalist Catherine Russell. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26

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to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; Sweet Honey in the Rock and the National Symphony Orchestra will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Affirmations for a New World.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $80. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphonic Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Song and a Dance,â&#x20AC;? featuring music for winds. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  The Diotima String Quartet will perform works by Schubert, Beethoven and Smetana. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort, mezzo-sopranos Barbara Hollinshead and Judith Malafronte, countertenor Drew Minter and instrumentalist Tom Zajac will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Ladies: The Musical World of 15th-Century Burgundy.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The In Series will present MexicanAmerican tenor JesĂşs Daniel HernĂĄndez in â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś de mi corazĂłn latino (From My Latin Heart),â&#x20AC;? featuring classic Latin American songs. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat April 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and April 15 at 3 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Neela Vaswani will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Same Sun Here,â&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m.; and Dale Carpenter will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flagrant

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Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Julie Hedgepeth Williams will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Story of Survival.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Sam Watters will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardens for a Beautiful America, 18951935.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Howard Vincent Kurtz, curator of costumes and textiles at Hillwood, will discuss the work of fashion designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon, who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Noon to 12:30 p.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian Institution Orchid Collection specialist Tom Mirenda will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchid Innovations in the Orient.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Japanese-American poet Garrett Hongo will discuss contemporary AsianAmerican poetry. 2 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss foreign policy and humanitarian aid efforts in Uganda and the Congo in response to international media attention garnered by Invisible Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kony 2012â&#x20AC;? campaign. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Kyung-Sook Shin, one of South Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most acclaimed novelists, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Look After Mom.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-939-5688. â&#x2013;  Geographer and Cuban native Juan Jose Valdes and travel writer Christopher Baker will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discovering the Soul of Cuba.â&#x20AC;? A Cuban salsa dance party will folSee Events/Page 46


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Continued From Page 45 low. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013; Cinema Night will feature Nathaniel Kahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Architect,â&#x20AC;? about the life of his father, the celebrated 20th-century architect Louis Kahn. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Performances â&#x2013;  The Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Dance Concert: Upside Down/Inside Outâ&#x20AC;? will feature works by American University faculty members and students, as well as New York choreographer Leanne Schmidt. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupy GALA,â&#x20AC;? a response to contemporary political and social realities, will feature reggae, rock, hip-hop, poetry and visual arts exhibitions. Participants will include Quique AvilĂŠs, Luci Murphy and E. Ethelbert Miller. 8 p.m. $15. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The event will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. 14 Saturday, SaturdayApril aprIl 14 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Christiana Drapkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz quartet performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bob Goes the Weasel.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare in Action,â&#x20AC;? for children ages 6 through 12 and their parents, will immerse participants in the active worlds of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays using performancebased techniques. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $35 for one adult and one child; $10 per additional child. Registration required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-675-0395. â&#x2013;  Staff from the National Building Museum and Play-Well Teknologies will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbuilt Lego Washington,â&#x20AC;? a chance for participants to design buildings that they think ought to be added to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital (for children ages 6 and older). 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for accompanying adults. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Artist Mary Ellen Carsley will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting Cherry Blossoms in Watercolor.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Cindy Brown and Melanie Pyle will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smithsonian Gardensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guide to Creating Beautiful Container Arrangements.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Dale Allen Hoffman will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aramaic Prayer of Yeshua.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. $25 donation suggested. Divine Science Church, 2025 35th St. NW. 202333-7630. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Wesley Combo and Choir will perform at a Gospel Brunch. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-5144. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamonds in the Rough.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Pianist James Litzelman will perform

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Saturday, april 14 â&#x2013; Special event: George Washington University will host its annual Senior Prom, an intergenerational event celebrating D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior citizens and featuring dinner, dancing and conversation. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Smith Center, George Washington University, 600 22nd St. NW. 202-994-9132. works by Franck, Schubert and Brahms. 7 p.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5416. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform the music of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will feature the Walden Chamber Players performing works by Brahms, Haydn, Schumann and Schedl. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for seniors and students. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202965-2000. â&#x2013;  The American University Jazz Orchestra and American University Jazz Workshop will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then and Now,â&#x20AC;? an exploration of the diversity of musical styles and instrumentation throughout the 20th century. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present jazz musician Terence Blanchard. 8 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.

â&#x2013; Juilliard Baroque will perform works by Bach. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Saxatones, Superfood and other local a cappella groups will present a high-energy concert. 8 p.m. $5. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will feature Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero. 8 p.m. $40; $20 for ages 18 through 22; free for ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Jane Redmon, an Ikebana master teacher, will demonstrate the art of Japanese flower arranging. 11:30 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Occupy DC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money Out of Politics Conference: How Cross-Partisan Citizen Movements Can Reform Our Democracy in 2012 and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? featuring a keynote address by Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig. 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW. â&#x2013;  Pia Taavila, a professor of English at Gallaudet University and child of deaf adults, will discuss her poetry, inspired by growing up in a deaf world of visual imagery. Noon. Free. Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Tim Wendel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;68: The Season That Changed Baseball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and America â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Forever,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; David Corn will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Simon Johnson (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Rusty Hassan, WPFW radio host and Georgetown University adjunct professor, will discuss the lives and music of jazz greats John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. A performance by the Howard University Jazz Ensemble will follow. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-

4866. â&#x2013; Justine Kenan and her daughters, Annie and Veda â&#x20AC;&#x201D; authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Grew It, Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eat It!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss their book, as well as the tastes and smells of gardens. 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early one-act and full-length plays. 6 p.m. $2. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviata.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $18 to $22. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Roy Ward Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night to Remember,â&#x20AC;? about the final hours before the RMS Titanic sank. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will present the 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woodmans,â&#x20AC;? about the artistic career of Francesca Woodman. A discussion with director C. Scott Willis will follow. 1 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Performances â&#x2013;  Nomadic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshop production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still Meâ&#x20AC;? will feature a collection of coming out stories from the Georgetown University community, as collected and adapted by Sabrina Katz. 2 p.m. Free. Red Square Amphitheatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Sakuyahime Cultural Delegation will present music and dance of Japan with Ten-Chi-Jin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a combination of traditional Japanese shamisen and taiko drums with rock, jazz and world music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and dancer Ufo Furosawa. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Opera Lafayette will present a semistaged performance of Paisielloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Il Barbiere di Siviglia.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  An authentic re-creation of a Civil War camp will offer a chance to observe the lives of soldiers, as well as enslaved workers and women on the home front. The event will include talks by authors Bob Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Cynthia Jacobs Carter and Kem Sawyer. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10; $5 for children. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. â&#x2013;  The Capital Hill Arts Workshop will See Events/Page 48


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rban Forest,” featuring constructions made from found wood by Chicago artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, will open tomorrow at Long View Gallery and continue through May 20. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open

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Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. ■ “Twisted,” a group exhibit of four artists who use simple curved lines to make complex works, will open Friday with an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cross MacKenzie Gallery. The exhibit will continue through May 16. Located at 2026 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202333-7970. ■ “Fluid: Rhythms, Transactions & Connections,” a group exhibit of works that ponder questions about loss, memory and our connections to nature and each other, will open Friday at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and continue through June 9. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7

“Nature Series #7” by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz is on display, along with other wood constructions by the artist, at Long View Gallery. to 9 p.m. Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. See Exhibits/Page 53

Studio show draws on Japanese stage technique


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the Japanese-themed “Dogugaeshi” unfolds an intimate, abstract, contemporary journey of images and emotions influenced by the rarefied tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique. Twist will perform the piece with three others. Basil Twist’s “Dogugaeshi” will run at the Studio Theatre April 11 Performance times are 7:30 p.m. through 22 as part of a celebration of the puppeteer’s work. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets Tickets cost $35 to $40. The to be free. cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Church Street Theater is located at located at 1501 14th St. NW. 2021742 Church St. NW. 703-892Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 332-3300; 0202; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. ■ The Keegan Theatre will present ■ Theater J will present Matthew Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $60, the musical “Working” April 14 Lopez’s “The Whipping Man,” except for pay-what-you-can prethrough May 13 at the exploring black-Jewish views on April 18 and 19. The cenChurch Street Theater. relationships in the ter is located at 1529 16th St. NW. Based on Studs postbellum South, April 800-494-8497; Terkel’s best-selling 18 through May 20 at ■ The Kennedy Center will presbook of interviews with the Washington DC ent Twyla Tharp’s Broadway musiAmerican workers, Jewish Community cal “Come Fly Away” April 18 “Working” paints a porCenter. through 29 at the Kennedy Center. trait of men and women Nominated for two 2010 Tony In Richmond, Va., the world often takes Awards, “Come Fly Away” brings in 1865, two newly for granted: the schoolfreed slaves and the son together the music of Frank Sinatra teacher, parking lot and the creative vision of past of their former master attendant, waitress, Kennedy Center honoree Tharp. — a Jewish Keegan Theatre’s millworker, mason, Performance times are Tuesday Confederate soldier “Working” will open retreating to the burned through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and trucker, housewife — to name a few. April 14. 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, remnants of his home Performance times with an additional 1:30 p.m. show — celebrate a most are 8 p.m. Thursday through on Thursday, April 19. Tickets cost unconventional Passover seder, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, along $59 to $125. 202-467-4600; while uncovering a snarl of secrets with 8 p.m. Monday, April 16. and examining what it really means

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Continued From Page 46 celebrate its 40th anniversary with â&#x20AC;&#x153;ArtsNOW,â&#x20AC;? featuring classes and demonstrations in ceramics, visual arts and Zumba. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. Sporting events â&#x2013; The DC Rollergirls will present matches between the DC AllStars and Port Authorities of Maine, and between the DC DemonCats and Majority Whips. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. tickets@dcrollergirls. com. â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blossom Secrets Stroll,â&#x20AC;? about how the Japanese cherry trees arrived in the American capital in the spring of 1912. 2 p.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence Avenue exit. 202-484-1565. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Through Time,â&#x20AC;? about the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation over the

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Sunday aprIl 15 Concerts â&#x2013; In a concert for children ages 8 and older and their families, Billy Fox and the Kitsune Ensemble will use Western instruments to explore Japanese folklore. 11:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Telemann, ChĂĄvez, Leszczynski, Crespo, Françaix and Walton. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  Gustaf SjĂśkvistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chamber Choir will perform. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-467-2600. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will perform. 3 p.m. $5; free for students. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Musical Showcase of Episcopal Schools will benefit the Episcopal Center for Children, a day-treatment facility in Chevy Chase. 4 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Great Hall, St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. 202-363-1333. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the European Union

Sunday, april 15 â&#x2013; Concert: Violinist Miranda Cuckson (shown) and pianist Aaron Wunsch will perform works by JanĂĄcek, Strauss and Finney. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Youth Orchestra and violinist Pinchas Zukerman performing works by Copland, Bruch and Strauss. 4 p.m. $15 to $75. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600, â&#x2013; The City Choir of Washington will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnificat,â&#x20AC;? as well as three other settings of the famous text by Mozart, Stanford and Berio. 5 p.m. $15 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-572-6865.





â&#x2013; David Chalmers from Orleans, Mass., will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble will perform Japanese court music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  Billy Fox and the Kitsune Ensemble will perform music by Fox and traditional music for Japanese flute. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Timothy Snyder will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking the Twentieth Century,â&#x20AC;? at noon; and Rachel S. Cox will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into Dust and Fire: Five Young Americans Who Went First to Fight the Nazi Army,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Craig Clunas, professor of history of art at the University of Oxford, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nationâ&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinese Painting and Its Audiences.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. A video of the lecture will be shown Wednesday at noon. â&#x2013;  Eric Holt-Gimenez will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food Movements Unite!: Strategies to Transform Our Food System.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  An anime marathon will feature four films by Hayao Miyazaki â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ponyo,â&#x20AC;? at 11 a.m.; 1992â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porco Rosso,â&#x20AC;? at 1:30 p.m.; 1997â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princess Mononoke,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and 2001â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spirited Away,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Cineforum Italiano will feature Giorgia Cecereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Assignment.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6:30 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kenji Mizoguchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sansho the Bailiff,â&#x20AC;? starring Kinuyo Tanaka. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Sweden will present a preview of the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy Money,â&#x20AC;? based on a crime novel by Swedish author Jens Lapidus. A discussion with Lapidus will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-467-2600. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature poets Randall Horton and Joseph Ross, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  A 150th anniversary celebration of D.C. Emancipation Day will feature talks by noted Abraham Lincoln scholars and a musical program. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free.

President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202829-0436. Walk â&#x2013; A park ranger will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape on the Pearl,â&#x20AC;? about the largest attempted slavery escape in U.S. history. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202895-6070. Monday, April 16

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Yamakiya Student Taiko Club will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera workshop class will perform selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Merry Wives of Windsor,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Pasquale,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aidaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Chardasfurstin.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Ward Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5414. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Carmen C. Bambach, professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Technical Evidence in the Study of Leonardo da Vinci as a Draftsman.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Kanchan Chandra, professor of politics at New York University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Categorization of Violenceâ&#x20AC;? as part of the yearlong Global India Lecture Series. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  Marina Kuljurand, ambassador of Estonia to the United States, will speak. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Quad Building Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. calendar. â&#x2013;  Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights advocate Joanna Kerr, journalist Roger Thurow and global development advocate Ritu Sharma will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hunger Is Not a Game: Real Solutions to End Hunger in Africa.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prospects for Progress: Development, Security, and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Michael G. Long, associate professor at Elizabethtown College, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Must Resist: Bayard Rustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life in Letters.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Christopher Moore will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;SacrĂŠ Bleu: A Comedy Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Art.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Sarah Beckwith, a professor of English and theater studies at Duke University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Mamillius Knew,â&#x20AC;? about the character of young Prince Mamillius in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. See Events/Page 49

Continued From Page 48 ■ David Roberts, author of “The Will to Climb,” will join the subject of his book — Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen — to discuss the climber’s conquest of the “world’s deadliest peak.” 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ “Burt Lancaster: American Classic” will feature John Frankenheimer’s 1964 film “Seven Days in May.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ In conjunction with Filmfest DC, the Inter-American Development Cultural Center will present Sergio Teubal’s 2011 comedy “The Finger.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present John Paizs’ 1985 film “Crime Wave.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Special event ■ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will host a D.C. Emancipation Day open house. The event will include a panel discussion on D.C. emancipation and the role of churches on social change downtown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. 202-393-1420. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Houston Astros. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday through Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday aprIl 17 Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Handel, Purcell, Quantz and Vivaldi. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Dahlia Flute Duo. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ Zuiho Taiko, a group of taiko drummers with intellectual disabilities, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Georgetown University will commemorate the 150th anniversary of emancipation in the District with lectures by the Rev. Raymond B. Kemp and associate professors Chandra Manning and Maurice Jackson. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-5677. ■ Artist Ellyn Weiss will discuss the variety of techniques for printmaking. 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire


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Wednesday aprIl 18 Benefit ■ The 30th anniversary Smithsonian

Tuesday, april 17 ■ Film: The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Craft Show will kick off with a Preview Night Benefit, offering a chance to meet and talk with the artists, sample a cocktail buffet, place auction bids and listen to the John Paul Ensemble performing jazz. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $200. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-633-3030. Concerts ■ Winners of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Feder Memorial String Competition will perform classical works. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ The U.S. Naval Academy Band Brass Quintet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Washington International Piano Arts Council will present “A Celebration in the Wonderful World of Music,” a black-tie concert and dinner to celebrate first-prize winners of the group’s competition. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $50 to $125. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Dr. Itzhak Brook will discuss his book “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations requested. National


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Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. ■ Scholar Suzanne Prabucki will discuss “The Red Cross Years at Dumbarton House.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ “Tommy’s Traveling Book Club,” a quarterly discussion group led by Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, will read from Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” a 1996 Newbery Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Honor book. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ “Graphic Intelligence: Comics, the KKK, and Covert Ops” will feature talks by national security lawyer and comic dealer Mark S. Zaid on his collection of comics and author Rick Bowers on his book “Superman vs. the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate.” 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ Glover Park Village will present a talk by Michael Mussio, senior portfolio manager at FBB Capital Partners, on “Investing for Income in the Current Market.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Stoddert Recreation Center, 4100 Calvert

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St. NW. ■ Sadakat Kadri will discuss his book “Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law From the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ A.J. Jacobs will discuss his book “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Sporting events ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. ■ D.C. United will play the Montreal Impact. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walk ■ Washington National Cathedral horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer will lead a walk spotlighting native spring ephemerals and wildflowers. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at Pilgrim Road and Garfield Street NW. 202-537-2319.

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■ “Next at the Corcoran: Class of 2012,” highlighting works by the graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design, will open Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and continue through May 20. An opening reception will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. The gallery’s usual admission fee has been waived for the duration of the show. 202-6391700. ■ 52 O Street Artist Studios will open their studios to the public Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and studio locations, visit ■ The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum will hold an exhibit and sale of art jewelry by Forest Hills resident Peggy Shiffrin and other members of the Ladysmiths, a group of local female metalsmiths, Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 10001 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. 301-897-1518. ■ Studio Gallery recently opened three exhibits that will continue through April 21.



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including more than 350 performers from both St. Albans and National Cathedral School. The spring concert features the 175 members of the St. Albans and National Cathedral School chorale, directed by Mr. Ben Hutto; a full orchestra conducted by Mr. Scott Wood; the 80 members of the middle school coed chorus, also directed by Mr. Hutto; Madrigal singers; student a cappella groups; and the National Cathedral School seventhgrade chorus, directed by Ms. Coin. Since the chorale will tour Chile and Argentina in June, the concert will feature music with roots from folk songs and spirituals in the United States and South America. The best part as a student performing at the concert is the opportunity to share one’s talents with parents, faculty and staff, and guests in the grand, resounding National Cathedral. Admission is free, so arrive early, since the seats go fast! — Chris Oh, Form II (eighth-grader)

Shepherd Elementary

Our school and its neighborhood were named after Mr. Alexander Robey Shepherd. Who was he? He was a very powerful, wealthy and hard-working man. Mr. Shepherd was born Jan. 30, 1835, in Washington, D.C. He worked as a real estate developer. He also was the second governor of the District of Columbia. He was in office from 1873 to 1874. He was married to Mary Grice Young, and they had seven children. I think Mr. Shepherd was a great man because he supported voting rights for freed slaves, and he supported having black students attend the same schools as white students in Washington, D.C. Mr. Shepherd died in Mexico on


“Nudes With Tattoos” features mixed-media works by Harriet Lesser that portray imaginary tattoos on human bodies. “Playback” presents works made by installation artist Veronica Szalus from suspended cassette tapes. “Surfacing Dreams” highlights a new series of works by Agelika Wamsler that explores her dreams and the merging and diverging of reality and dreams. A reception attended by Lesser will take place Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. ■ The American University Museum recently opened three exhibits that will continue through May 20. “Floating World: 19th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints” includes 70 Ukiyoe prints that concentrate on the Sakura theme and the beginning period of U.S.Japanese cultural exchange. “Tomokazu Matsuyama: Thousand Regards” features painting and sculpture by a Japanese-American artist who attempts to parse the “natural chaos” of our social environment. “Lou Stovall: Vertical Views” presents new silkscreen monoprints that showcase the Cleveland Park artist’s love of landscapes and flowers. Located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300.

Sept. 12, 1902, from a surgery complication. He was buried in a personal vault in Rock Creek Cemetery. You should go see the statue of Mr. Shepherd on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in front of the offices of the D.C. mayor. — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

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At Sidwell Friends, the middle school has an enriching program called minimester, which was initiated in 1982. Minimester is a unique program that precedes spring break. This four-day event allows students from grades five through eight to explore a project that they have desired to focus on. They now finally have the opportunity to do so. Whether having helped others or having taken part in a new experience, I return from spring break always looking forward to being involved with minimester again the following year! For my minimester, I volunteered at the Washington Animal Rescue League. I adore working with pets, and I was thrilled to do anything I could to help the organization’s staff with the tasks they needed. When I arrived there, I was informed that I was going to be working in the admissions department. The overworked staff never has the time to do many things because they are too busy assisting the animals. I helped them shred a ton of papers, laminate, cut and organize. It felt fulfilling to really help them out. Every person who worked at the Washington Animal Rescue League was extremely friendly and delighted to receive help. Every day, my supervisor allowed me to visit and play with a few of the puppies for the last 15 minutes before I departed. I had an awesome time, and I will definitely return to the Washington Animal Rescue League for a visit. Maybe next time I’ll

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In March, following several shootings in Toulouse, French President Nicolas Sarkozy put the plan “vigi-pirate écarlate” into action, placing France under the highest level of security. At the time, Washington International School eighth-grade French students were visiting the Saint Joseph School in Toulouse, and we found ourselves experiencing the terror of the shootings and the security measures that came with them. Originally planned for the trip was a scavenger hunt around Toulouse, a trip to the city of Carcassonne, and a visit to the Victor Hugo market. Unfortunately, all these trips were canceled because of the plan vigi-pirate, which kept us locked down at school with our correspondents. After the initial shock caused by the attacks died down, we shared in the grief felt by the mourners of Toulouse and Montauban and participated in a minute of silence held throughout France on March 20. Our security became the chaperones’ top priority. They kept us safe at school and wrote to Washington International School regularly explaining the situation. On March 21, the police located the killer, named Mohammed Merah, at his apartment, located only a few blocks away from the Saint Joseph School, prompting the chaperones to tell Washington International students to stay home from school for one day with their correspondents. The siege on Merah’s apartment lasted 32 hours, after which he was killed during a bout of shots and explosions that could be heard from Saint Joseph. My classmates and I returned home safely, albeit shaken up about the experience. — Belen Edwards, eighth-grader

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First, the Historic Preservation Review Board voted last December not to approve the door widening. Under its regulations, board members said, such a major alteration of a contributing building in Cleveland Park’s historic district would clash with preservation law. Then, fire officials appealed to the mayor’s agent, who can overrule the board if he finds the proposed alteration is “a project of special merit,” “necessary in the public interest” or required by public safety needs. Byrne, a Georgetown law professor recently hired by the city to conduct hearings and draft rulings for the mayor’s agent, took testimony on the Cleveland Park case Feb 24. According to his ruling, all parties agreed that: • “The need for larger fire fighting vehicles is driven by technological changes enhancing safety and limiting pollution.” And as Byrne noted, the larger vehicles have side mirrors that extend out an extra foot on each side. • The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department “looked at numerous alternative sites in the neighborhood for a new fire house that can provide the same response time for local emergencies, but has been unsuccessful.” Byrne also noted that the department “has a strong cultural connection to its historic firehouses and prefers to remain in them and adapt them to current needs.” • The specific door-widening plan “reasonably limits damage to the historic features.” Officials have “committed to employing and supervising construction contrac-

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commission had offered similar criticisms of the project. Commissioner Bill Starrels, whose single-member district includes the property, said the planned building still doesn’t fit in properly with the neighborhood. “Although we appreciate the evolution of sorts of this project, there are still deficiencies that need to be addressed,” Starrels said. In addition to the design issues, neighborhood commissioners worried that the building’s design doesn’t include enough space for trash storage and would require daily collections. They asked the developer to consider removing the three planned parking spaces and using

“I’m of the general belief that we as global citizens have to become much more aware of the environment and what we’re contributing to it and what we’re taking out of it,” Fitzpatrick said. In the long term, Fitzpatrick would like to see produce from the garden being served at the Omni Shoreham and at nearby restaurants such as New Heights and Open City. Fitzpatrick presented her garden concept to the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission in February and said she received positive feedback. She also said she left messages with other commissions in the area, including the one covering Woodley Park, and sent her proposal to some via email. But the garden would need to be approved by the National Park Service, which controls Rock Creek Park. Fitzpatrick submitted the proposal to the Park Service in February and received an email on April 3 saying that her plan is being considered but that the garden wouldn’t be able to proceed this growing season.


that room for storage, noting that one of those spaces would be regained if the site’s curb cut were eliminated. Neighborhood commissioners also expressed disappointment that developers hadn’t heeded their March recommendations to meet with Grace Street and Cecil Place residents who have been vocal about the condo plan. “It’s everyone’s experience here that when you have better communication, things get done faster,” said Starrels. The Old Georgetown Board’s rejection of the plans on Thursday marks the fourth recent proposal the design review panel has turned down at the site.

tors skilled in stonework and capable of protecting the remaining historic elements of the facade.” Still, Byrne said, the arches will be flattened, with less masonry between them, and “the widened doorways will not be in as harmonious a relation” with the rest of the building. As for the city Historic Preservation Office, Byrne wrote that the agency “concedes it is too much to ask FEMS to change its fundamental approach to fire and emergency services in order to avoid making the proposed structural changes to historic firehouses.” Still to be resolved is a minor but thorny dispute over a proposed metal parking structure in the rear of the fire station. The department recently proposed a three-level structure served by a hydraulic lift, which would provide space for 14 firefighters to park their personal cars. But neighbors and the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission are concerned about additional traffic in the narrow alley behind the station, and the noise from the lift. A neighbor’s group has proposed an alternative: using the existing parking pad behind the station and adding a deck over it, accessed from the alley, to accommodate perhaps nine cars. Four more could park in the driveway that leads from Connecticut Avenue to the rear of the station, commissioner Leila Afzal said. Battalion Chief David Foust, who oversees construction for the fire department, said Monday that its architects are now studying the feasibility and cost. But as for the larger station modernization project, Foust said he believes a construction contract could be awarded within the next 10 days. “Everyone understands the sense of urgency,” he said.

Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison said since there seems to be rising interest in community gardens in Washington, the Park Service is reviewing its community garden programs, including assessing Fitzpatrick’s proposal. “We’re interested in having a conversation with our neighbors about health and wellness initiatives,” she said. Morrison said there are nine existing community gardens on sites under the auspices of Rock Creek Park, many of which started as victory gardens and have a long legacy. The proposed garden would be in a very visible location, which Fitzpatrick thinks is an asset since it could be seen as a showcase garden at “the gateway to D.C.” But others aren’t as sold on the idea. Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Lee Brian Reba, whose single-member district is near the site, worries about the clutter that comes with community gardens, such as tools and supplies that could be left out near garden beds and fences that sometimes are put up to keep animals out. “Connecticut Avenue is the fairway for visitors and travel,” he said.

“You certainly don’t want anything so unsightly along the corridor.” Beth Mullin, executive director of the nonprofit Rock Creek Park Conservancy, said that while community gardens have their own beauty, “you have to balance that with the purpose of Rock Creek Park,” which is to preserve the area’s scenic beauty and natural setting. She also pointed out that the garden would be near the Rock Creek Parkway, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. “The view from the parkway and trails might be considered part of the scenic historic landscape,” Mullin said. Fitzpatrick said the garden would have rules for gardeners to control clutter, and things like gardening equipment, sheds and restrooms might be tucked under the Taft Bridge, where she said construction materials and trucks are now stored. “A community and civic garden is the perfect opportunity to collaborate in creating a better quality of life for those in the community and increasing our consciousness in contributing to a sustainable environment,” she said in an email. “Both concepts are crucial for the survival of the planet and mankind.”

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