Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Historic Preservation Education: LeDroit Park "concept/landscape paving and sunken court" on upcoming HPRB agenda

More Historic Preservation Education with this blog post.

Below is a public notice from the DC Historic Preservation Office.  

See the purpose of this notice:

"This notice is the official monthly announcement by the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of pending matters of public interest.  It includes items related to preservation planning, designation of historic landmarks and historic districts, and project reviews before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB)."

Note the lone LeDroit Park street address below -- 1922 3rd Street NW.  It is on the agenda for this month's HPRB for "concept/landscape paving and sunken court."

So if Bloomingdale were to become a Historic District, then you might see a similar inclusion in a HPO public notice for a similar project in Bloomingdale.

Sent: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:18 AM
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPO Monthly Public Notice - March 2016

Greetings:  This document is also posted on our website at: 


March 2016
Issued by email on March 8, 2016


This notice is the official monthly announcement by the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of pending matters of public interest.  It includes items related to preservation planning, designation of historic landmarks and historic districts, and project reviews before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).


HPO and HPRB welcome Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) participation in the historic preservation review process as provided by the ANC Act.  The District’s historic preservation regulations require HPRB to give great weight to the duly adopted written views of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) on matters of significance to neighborhood planning and development. 

How Affected ANCs Should Use this Notice

This is an initial notice to ANCs of construction projects recently filed for HPRB review.  Projects are identified by address and ANC area where the address is located.  Upcoming historic designation hearings are also listed, supplementing the separate notice letters mailed to ANCs.

HPRB regulations are designed to allow ANCs to identify projects they believe are significant to neighborhood planning and development.  ANCs can request project submissions and applicant contact information from the assigned HPO staff person listed on this notice.

The historic preservation regulations encourage, but do not require, applicants to contact the affected ANC to present their projects and to resolve any public concerns before HPRB review.  If an ANC is interested in a project listed on this notice, but has not yet been contacted by the applicant, the ANC is encouraged to arrange for an ANC review directly with the applicant. 

Longer Notice Period for Cases Undergoing ANC Review

HPO gives notice according to rules designed to balance the interests of project applicants and ANCs.  If HPO is already aware of ANC interest in a project, the case is listed on two successive monthly notices in order to ensure a minimum notice to the affected ANC of 45 days (or 30 working days, whichever is longer).  This means that when these cases first appear on this notice, they are scheduled for the HPRB meeting at the end of the following month.

HPO asks affected ANCs for help in identifying any other projects on this notice that they want to review at a public meeting.  Upon notification, HPO will ensure that the affected ANC receives a minimum 45-day notice of those cases.  ANCs may identify an interest in reviewing any or all of the cases that affect their area.

For those cases that affected ANCs do not need to consider at a public meeting, HPO will proceed with review for possible consideration at this month’s HPRB meeting.  The shorter notice allows the application to proceed without unnecessary delay to the applicant or burden to the ANC.

How to Ensure Consideration of ANC Views

ANCs should first identify those cases on this notice they want to review.  ANCs should feel free to contact the assigned HPO staff person for information about any case.  ANCs should also contact HPO in writing to request an extended notice for those cases the ANC wants to review at a public meeting.  Requests are granted automatically and may be made by email to the assigned staff person or to .  Requests should be made as soon as possible, but no later than two days before the upcoming HPRB meeting.  ANCs do not need to contact HPO about projects that are already scheduled to allow a 45-day review period, or that they have already reviewed. 

How to Submit ANC Comments

For ANC comments to receive great weight, they must be adopted by ANC vote at a duly noticed public meeting.  ANC comments may be in resolution or letter format, and should be submitted within the 45-day review period.  Comments should relate to HPRB’s area of jurisdiction, state the vote taken, and articulate the basis for the ANC recommendations.

Any ANC commissioner is welcome to participate in HPRB meetings as an individual, but only the duly adopted official comments of the ANC receive great weight.


The applications listed on this notice and their associated materials are a matter of public record.  Case files are open for public review at the Historic Preservation Office during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 (at Waterfront METRO station). 

For more information, see the HPO and HPRB website at .  Some application materials and plans are also posted on the website.


Public comments are welcome on all HPRB cases, and anyone may participate in an HPRB meeting without signing up in advance.  HPRB prefers to receive copies of written comments before their meeting.  Written comments submitted by the deadlines below will be distributed to each HPRB member before the meeting.  Written comments may also be brought to the HPRB meeting for distribution (10 copies are needed).

Comments for print distribution with case information:                 3 pm on March 18

Late comments for email distribution:                                                    3 pm on March 23 (for March 24 meeting)

                                                                                                                                3 pm on March 30 (for March 31 meeting)

The 45-day/30-working-day ANC notice period for cases on this notice expires on:               April 15, 2016


March 24 and March 31, 2016

441 4th Street NW, Room 220 South, 9:00 a.m. 

The Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) will meet on Thursday, March 24, and Thursday, March 31, 2016 to consider concept and permit applications for work affecting historic properties.  Applications for historic landmark or historic district designation may also be considered.

The agenda for these meetings will be drawn from the list of filed cases below, but not all cases on the list will be included.  The agenda will be released on the Friday before each meeting, and will be emailed to all recipients of this public notice.  The agenda and HPO reports for the scheduled cases will be posted on the HPO website at the end of the day on Friday, March 18, 2016.  


The following cases have been filed by this month’s application deadline for submission to HPRB.  The agenda of cases for the upcoming HPRB meetings will be drawn from this list.

Listing on this notice does not guarantee a hearing this month.  Some cases are already scheduled for the following month.  Other cases may be deferred at the request of the affected Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), for insufficient information, or at the discretion of HPO or HPRB. 

For inquiries about or to provide comments on a specific case, please contact the assigned staff person listed below.  Written comments should be received at HPO by the comment deadlines noted above. Submission of written comments by email is preferred.



6-D      Control Point Virginia Tower, 2nd Street and Virginia Avenue SW, Case 15-12 (Dennee)

5-E      Glenwood Cemetery, 2219 Lincoln Road NE, Case 15-24 (Brockett)

1-A      Kelsey Temple Church of God in Christ, 1435 Park Road NW, Case 15-05 (to be heard in April)

3-D      Palisades Playground and Field House, 5200 Sherier Place NW, Case 15-13 (to be heard in April)


ANC       Historic Landmarks

3-C         Tregaron Estate, 3100 Macomb Street NW, HPA 16-053, concept/construction of new classroom building and site alterations  (Callcott)

2-B         St. Regis (formerly Carlton Hotel), 923 16th Street, NW, HPA 16-293, concept/side and roof addition (Callcott)

Capitol Hill Historic District

6-A         1120 Park St NE, HPA 16-104, concept/garage roof deck (VanLandingham)

6-B         411 New Jersey Ave SE, HPA 16-248, concept/new construction of 3-story building (VanLandingham)

6-B         328 D St SE, HPA 16-246, concept/rear addition (VanLandingham)

6-C         631 Lexington Pl NE, HPA 16-100, revised concept/ basement entrance (VanLandingham)

6-C         518 6th St SE, HPA 16-199, concept/ rear addition (VanLandingham)

6-C         649 Constitution Ave NE, HPA 16-242, concept/new deck on existing garage (VanLandingham)

6-C         734 3rd St NE, HPA 16-261, concept/rear addition, raze garage, & façade repairs (VanLandingham)

6-C         222 G St NE, HPA 16-260, concept/infill dogleg and replace windows (VanLandingham)

Cleveland Park Historic District

3-C         3512 Lowell Street NW, HPA 16-252, concept/two story addition, raze garage (McMillen)

3-C         3056 Porter Street NW, HPA 16-251, concept/two story addition (McMillen)

3-C         3403 Macomb Street NW, HPA 16-250, concept/new rear attic dormer window (McMillen)

3-C         3700 Connecticut Ave NW, HPA 16-210, concept/raze noncontributing building; new three-story single family house (McMillen)

3-C         Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, revised concept review of proposed replacement library (Lewis)

Downtown Historic District

2-C         606-608 Eye Street NW, HPA 16-103, concept/renovation and addition (Callcott)

Dupont Circle Historic District

2-B         2000 Florida Avenue, NW, HPA 16-258, concept/exterior alteration to American Geophysical Union (Callcott and Elliott)

2-B         1711 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, HPA 16-255, concept/exterior alteration to YMCA (Callcott)

Fourteenth Street Historic District

2-F          1334 Riggs Street NW, HPA 16-196, concept/ third floor addition to two-story rowhouse (Meyer)

2-F          1534 14th Street, NW, HPA 16-254, concept/rear and roof addition (Callcott)

Kalorama Triangle Historic District

1-C         2341 Ashmead Place NW, HPA 16-055, concept/rear and roof additions and front areaway alterations (Brockett)

1-C         1848 Biltmore Street NW, HPA 16-213, concept, roof addition, front window wells (Brockett)

LeDroit Park Historic District

1-B         1922 3rd Street NW, HPA 16-142, concept/landscape paving and sunken court (Meyer)

Mount Vernon Square Historic District

6-E          1127 5th Street NW, HPA 16-244, concept/addition, set-back fourth floor on 3-story rowhouse (Meyer)

6-E          605-607 New York Ave NW, HPA 16-240, concept/deconstruct, rebuild 2 contributing buildings (Meyer)

6-E          445 Ridge St NW, HPA 16-221, concept, rear 2-story addition on 2-story rowhouse (Meyer)

Shaw Historic District

6-E          1612-1616 7th Street NW, HPA 16-262, concept/4-story rear addition on three 2-story commercial buildings (Meyer).

Sheridan Kalorama Historic District

2-D         2144 California Street, NW, HPA 16-297, concept/exterior alterations (Callcott)

16th Street Historic District

2-B         1101-1111 16th Street, NW, HPA 16-157, concept/façade alterations to non-contributing buildings (Callcott)

2-B         St. Regis (formerly Carlton Hotel), 923 16th Street, NW (see Historic Landmarks)

Takoma Park Historic District

4-B         318 Aspen Street NW, HPA 16-249, Replace rear deck with screen porch (Brockett)

4-B         6833 4th Street NW (Takoma Theater), HPA 13-467, revised concept/add windows, restore façade (Brockett)

U Street Historic District

1-B         944 Westminster Street NW, HPA 15-630, concept/extend existing third floor, add roof deck (Brockett)

1-B         1901-1905 9½ Street NW, HPA 16-101, revised concept/infill construction and rear/roof additions (Brockett)

1-B         1806 9th Street NW, HPA 16-200, concept/rear addition and infill dogleg (Brockett)

Walter Reed Army Medical Center Historic District

4-A         6825 16th Street NW, HPA 16-158, concept/gymnasium addition and alterations to Delano Hall to accommodate charter school (Dennee)

Woodley Park Historic District

3-C         2649 Connecticut Ave NW, HPA 16-147, concept/rear and roof addition (Brockett)



Anne Brockett
(202) 442-8842

Steve Callcott
(202) 741-5247

Tim Dennee
(202) 442-8847

Kim Elliott
(202) 442-8838

Patsy Fletcher
(202) 741-0816

Andrew Lewis
(202) 442-8841

David Maloney
(202) 442-8850

Frances McMillen
(202) 442-8839

Brendan Meyer
(202) 741-5248

Sarah VanLandingham
(202) 442-8827

Paul J. Weishar
(202) 442-7703 

Kim Williams
(202) 442-8840

To be included on the email distribution list for this monthly public notice, please visit the Office of Planning website homepage and sign up at .


For additional information, see the HPO and HPRB website at

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES: Persons needing accessibility accommodations for preservation services and programs may contact Steve Callcott at the Office of Planning at (202) 442-8800 to request assistance.  Sign language interpretation is available for HPRB meetings with two weeks advance notice.


Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024


  1. Thanks for all these educational posts!

    As a very interested homeowner who struggles as an equally harried parent of two to make the BCA and other meetings where historic district designation implications have been discussed, this whole string of articles have been key in me formulating my opinion on the matter- which will be to support a Bloomingdale Historic District, for as much of the expanse of Bloomingdale as possible where support can be found.

    As I have learned and come to assess through these articles, the relatively small costs / burdens in enhanced reviews and some small lost flexibility of future add-ons to my property and others are outweighed - to me - by the benefits of architectural preservation and enhancing cohesion of Bloomingdale as a distinctive place of its own, given Bloomingdale's specific characteristics (i.e. I could see Eckington going another way given so much industrial or under-developed space that doesn't call for new construction but could be best adapted with modern materials).

    Thanks again for all of the effort on this, Scott! And for keeping the education so balanced- because this is not an easy call, and you have been scrupulous in describing the limits in both potential preservation benefits and the potential restrictions/ downsides, too.

  2. A resounding second to this comment! Thanks to Scott for the educational posts and to Alexandra for sharing a thoughtful, appreciative comment.