The latest historic preservation fight is in the Parkview neighborhood, where a newer resident wants to landmark a church on Georgia Avenue but the church’s leaders and many longtime residents oppose the idea.
Kent Boese, librarian, ANC commissioner, Park View history expert, and former contributor to Greater Greater Washington, nominated the Fishermen of Men Church as a landmark, Hamil Harris reports in The Post. The 1919 building was originally a silent movie theater.
The church removed the tin fascia on the church last year, to Boese’s dismay, replacing it with foam and stucco, which Boese says probably was more expensive than just fixing the historic tin. Boese filed a landmark application in the spring to preserve what’s left of the building.
Given the extent of changes, Boese may face a tough road. The Historic Preservation Office and Historic Preservation Review Board have been more reluctant to nominate buildings where much of the historic character is already lost. A designation based on the physical building relies on what exists, not what once did.
They’ve also been reluctant to designate buildings against the owner’s wishes in most situations, and this time, the owner and many other residents are strongly opposed.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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