Two Stop Work Orders recently issued relate to the Shaw Historic District designation. One, on 1410 9th Street, was issued because the windows installed were aluminum and not wood frame, in accordance with historic district guidelines (I don't recall if this SWO related to all windows on the facade or just the windows on the bay store front portion of the building). Aesthetically, I found the windows installed on 1410's store front bay inappropriate for a store front and lamented the owner's decision not to install large glass store front windows in this area. The 1410 Stop Work Order is no longer in effect, and the first floor bay windows have been removed. My fingers are crossed that the replacement windows will be more appropriate to a store front facade.
The other Stop Work Order was issued on Veranda,* the restaurant coming to the corner of 11th and P. The Veranda Stop Work Order relates to the building of the patio along the P Street side of the building without the proper approval. As I eagerly await Veranda's opening, it's a shame to see work come to a halt. No less, I've wondered if they were going to do anything else with this new concrete patio, like cover it with slate or brick, and wondered if they've damaged the tree roots around which the patio was built. It will be interesting to see how Veranda resolves whatever historic district issues are raised by the SWO.
I'm generally a fan of the historic district designation, as even though it can be a pain to work with, it protects the fabric of our neighborhood and promotes quality elements in construction. What do you think?
*Thanks to a tipster for emailing me about this SWO! As always, feel free to email tips to slumhistorique at yahoo dot com!