HPA No. 1986-219 (In re. Connecticut and R Street Associates building)
- HPA Number: 1986-219
- Case Name: In re 1710 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Square 92, Lot 59, Applicant, Connecticut and R Street Associates
- Location of Property: 1710 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
- Date of Decision: 3/14/1989
- Type of Case/Type of Permit Sought: Application for a permit for demolition
- Disposition: Demolition permit issued
Summary of Decision:
Connecticut and R Street Associates (“Applicant”) sought a permit to demolish the rear portion of 1710 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., a Victorian structure that is considered a contributing building in the DuPont Circle Historic District. According to the Applicant’s plans, the front facade and the first twenty-five feet of the building would remain intact. The Historic Preservation Review Board (“Review Board”) adopted the Review Board’s Staff Report and Recommendation, which approved the partial demolition based on the Applicant’s plan to retain the building’s facade. The Mayor’s Agent accepted the Review Board’s recommendation and approved the issuance of the permit for partial demolition based on the conclusion that such demolition was “consistent with the purposes of Section 2(b) of the Act.”
Consistent with the Purposes of the Act:
The Mayor’s Agent found that the additions to the rear of 1710 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. were in “poor condition and are inconsistent with the historic character of the rest of the structure,” and concluded that demolition of same was thus consistent with the purposes of the Act. The Mayor’s Agent also cited that there was no opposition to the partial demolition.
The Staff Report which was adopted by the Review Board stated that the facade would be retained, and that retention of facades is “part of a scheme which has been generally approved” by the Review Board.
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