A D.C. Superior Court judge yesterday blocked demolition of the 79-year-old Bond Building pending a hearing on whether the structure should be declared a historic landmark.
Judge William E. Stewart Jr. denied the request of MB Associates, owners of the Bond Building at 1404 New York. NW, for a demolition permit. The firm wants to construct an office building on the site.
Demolition of the structure had previously been delayed by the Joint Committee on Landmarks, which designates certain historic sites as landmarks which cannot be demolished.
Don't Tear It Down, a preservation group which has sought to preserve the seven-story structure, says the Bond Building has stood since 1901 as a "landmark to the prosperity and expansion of turn-of-the-century Washington" and is an example of 20th century commercial architecture.
At the court hearing, James M. Christian, a lawyer representing Mb Associates, charged that the committee was unfairly predisposed against tearing down the building.
"We feel the deck is quite stacked," said Christian, adding that going before the committee would be "futile."
The landmarks committee has scheduled a hearing Sept. 18 for consideration of Don't Tear It Down's application to designate the site as a historic landmark.