Today we observed workers putting presumably final touches on a dragon headed digital billboard (clickable photos above) at the entrance to the Gallery Place alley (701 7th St NW) with blade signs facing both north and south down 7th Street NW slightly canted at an angle. This intersection is where G St NW tees into 7th Street NW between the Verizon Center and the main Gallery Place commercial/residential building.
Orange Barrel Media based in Columbus, Ohio, who books time on the signs didn’t quite get their way from their original plan from 2010 which would have had much taller and inappropriately positioned signs on the Gallery Place edifice itself. For a sense of how advertising is pitched by Orange Barrel and what this signage will look like once lit, one can visit this link and click on the second and third images from the rightmost image in the slideshow (the fifth and sixth images in the slideshow sequence).
Past experience with digital signage installed in the neighborhood leads us to believe there will be a bright burn in period followed by regular operations at a lower intensity.
This weekend, stop by the National Building Museum (401 F St., NW) and check out Canstruction. The international event has teams of local engineering, design and construction experts working with canned food to build intricate structures for awards and bragging rights. This year’s theme is “Play With Your Food.” Be sure to contribute your vote for the People’s Choice award. Finished structures will be on display until September 5. All canned goods are then donated to Capital Area Food Bank.
In other news, congratulations to Rose’s Luxury for being named the #1 restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. We ate there last week and enjoyed some of the most interesting and innovative food, like the sausage and lychee salad pictured above.
The 900 G St NW office building development (photo above) is looking fine these days as construction proceeds apace and workers have almost all of the glass facade in place. This morning they were putting glass onto the eastern face of the building. This building replaces the former YWCA building and while we lament the loss of the onsite swimming pool, we hope that a good retail tenant makes their home on the ground floor. Here’s the direct link to the photo gallery and the fly through video.
In other commercial real estate news:
- 600 Massachusetts Ave broke ground. This 400k square foot Gould development will go up on one of the last flat top parking lots in the area. Here’s the dedicated website link. [Downtown DC BID]
- Phillip Kennicott, the Washington Post’s architecture critic, reviews CityCenter. We agree with him about the public plaza aspect of the project. [WaPo]
- The Gospel Rescue Mission building at 808-810 5th Street won’t become high end condos. It will remain functioning as a shelter leased to DC’s Department of Human Services to provide temporary shelter, transitional housing, and supporting services. [Wash Business Journal]
- The MLK Central Library is on the hunt for space where it can temporarily operate during its upcoming renovation. [Wash Business Journal]
We were saddened to hear about Robin Williams’ death this week. The tragic passing of a very gifted comedian and entertainer also shone a light on mental illness and more recently on Parkinson’s disease reviving the conversation once more about how a community gets help to those in need of health services.
We also learned that the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F St NW) added Williams’ portrait to the National Portrait Gallery on August 12. The notice follows:
Robin Williams’ Portrait Installed Today at the National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will install a photograph of celebrated American comedian and actor Robin Williams today. The work will be on view in the first-floor gallery where the museum memorializes the passing and celebrates the lives of people represented in the museum’s collection. The photograph was taken for Time magazine by Michael Dressler in 1979.
Williams was a madcap genius in performances of all types of entertainment, from stand-up to feature films. Known initially as a comedian, he surprised with his ability to play serious dramatic roles. His breakthrough came in the 1970s TV comedy Mork and Mindy; as the alien Mork, much of Williams’ dialogue was improvised, as would be the case in most of his comedic roles. Once established, Williams worked tirelessly in show business, going on to appear in many feature films, including Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); he won an Oscar for his role as the psychologist in Good Will Hunting (1997). He played Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009). He also did voiceover work in animated films and returned to television with The Crazy Ones (2013-14).
National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000.
Permit signage is up and there’s clearly build-out work going on inside, but what’s the plan for Plan B Burger’s opening in Market Square? Last we had heard, it was going to open in May. Any inquiring minds have the scoop?
The agenda for tonight’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting is available courtesy of the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association as follows:
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C
August 11, 6:30pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
9th and G streets, NW
AHU Room #3
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of July Minutes
Local Events That Impact the Community
1. Best Buddies 5K and Bike Ride – Saturday October 18, 2014 – Julie Hanson
2. Beat the Deadline 5K – Saturday September 6, 2014 – Melinda Cooke
3. Thanksgiving Day Trot – Thursday November 27, 2014 – Rebecca Potts-Dupre
Brief Community Announcements and Presentations
1. DVRP – Jessica Li
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
1. Plan- B Burger Bar 801 Pennsylvania Ave NW ABRA-095796
Retailer’s Class “C” License. Application for a new license- Steve O’Brien
Planning, Zoning, and Environment
1. Monument Realty Chinatown Project, Ally closing- Kirk Salpini
1. 1005 E Street, NW – Sidewalk Café — Carlos Iglesias
2. 1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW – Boss Shepard’s Valet Parking staging area – Erin Sharkey
3. 901 7th St. NW – Sidewalk Café – Sandra Basanti
September 8, 2014
MLK Library, Auditorium #3
ANC 2C01 – John Tinpe, 2C01@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C02 – Harold Closter, 2C02@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C03 – Kevin Wilsey, 2C03@anc.dc.gov
A few regular PQ Living readers sent word and photos that signage is now up for the Gap (600 block of 11th St NW) and for Mastro’s Steakhouse (13th and F St NW) in downtown DC. Thanks goes out to our loyal readers for the updates.
The Gap will replace a vacant but rehabbed space offered by Douglas Development with an entrance fronting the 600 block of 11th St NW next to the now closed Crumbs Bake Shop and they plan to open in September 2014 per the coming soon signage. The store will cover 14,000 square feet on two levels at 1155 F St NW. Back in 2007, the facade was jacked up and the lot then redeveloped over a multi-year period. We sure miss that Popeyes Louisiana Chicken walk-up window though.
Mastro’s Steakhouse will replace the M+S Grill at the corner of 13th and F St NW (600 13th St NW). A menu sample from their Chicago steakhouse can be found here. No opening date has been announced at this time.