On my way to work this morning, I snapped this shot of one of the buildings on L Street slated to become either a Courtyard by Marriott or a Residence Inn by 2011. I'm very excited about Marriott's plans to build these two hotels, as I think they're going to add to the area's vibrancy much more so than one mongoidally large hotel would have (originally the plan was to build a huge mega-hotel, now the plan is to build one large one and two smaller ones). Construction should be complete by 2011.
I presume that for the smaller hotels, Marriott will incorporate--at least in part--the facades of the cluster of old buildings on site. I can definitely picture the above building, 919 L Street, repurposed as a beautiful hotel. Interestingly, a brief Google search of this address indicates that it was a rundown apartment building that went co-op in about 1991. With some financial assistance, the tenants fixed it up considerably from its prior deplorable shape. Sometime in the past 5 years, it seems the co-op went under and the building was sold.