D.C.’s ‘most endangered places list’ released

The Mount Zion Cemetery, the Washington Canoe Club and the Old Thai Embassy are among the “Most Endangered Places in Washington,” according to a list by the D.C. Preservation League.

Each year the league identifies historic sites in the District that are under threat of demolition, neglect or inappropriate alteration. This year’s list includes:

Bond Bread Factory, 2146 Georgia Ave. NW: The building, completed in 1930, mixes elements of art deco design and classicism. It was traded to Howard University in 2008 and is slated to be razed to make way for a mixed-use complex, according to the league.

Alexander Crummell School, 1900 Gallaudet St. NE: The school served the Ivy City and Trinity neighborhoods from 1912 to the early 1970s, but has been vacant since 1980. The city has proposed using the lot as a bus depot and parking lot.

Mount Zion Cemetery, 27th and Q streets NW: The historic cemetery, which dates to the 1800s, is in a state of disrepair, with broken or missing headstones, overgrown vegetation and a missing sign.

Old Thai Embassy, 2300 Kalorama Rd. NW: The former embassy, constructed in 1920, has fallen into disrepair since it was vacated several years ago. The league says that the concrete building has cracks in the walls, which indicate a structural problem.

Washington Canoe Club, 3700 Water St. NW: The canoe club, described by the league as a “fixture” of the Georgetown waterfront, was designed in 1904. It is now deteriorating. The league says that it is unclear who owns the building and who is responsible for investing in its repairs.

Watchman’s Lodge and Tower, Donaldson Place NW: The league says that little has been modified since the site was constructed in 1904.

Several threatened sites from previous years have been “saved” and removed from the annual list. These include the D.C. War Memorial, Battleground National Cemetery, Howard Theatre and Engine Company 6.

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