January 28, 2006

Saturday Observer

MOVE OVER SOUTH BEACH. DC too has its mid-century gems, but here they have been cast aside and forgotten. But not unloved.

D. Kamili Anderson, president of the Brightwood Community Association, and others in the neighborhood are tired of waiting for renovations and living with an eyesore at 6425 14th St. NW. The DC government "should should exercise whatever authority it has ... to ensure that 6425 is made habitable again," said Anderson. Actually Anderson has even more to say over here.

Formerly the Winchester-Tewksbury Apartments, the building, built in the 1950's, was designed by nationally renowned architect Joseph Henry Abel. According to Cultural Tourism DC's Brendan Meyer, Abel's firm, Berla & Abel, "can make a pretty solid claim to be the most prominent modern architects in DC in the 40s." Abel also designed the Shoreham Washington on Connecticut Ave. Such a great opportunity going to waste.

6645 14th Today ...

And Tomorrow It Could Look Like Its Neighbor

Pix by Anderson.

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