HPA No. 94-073 through 94-078, 94-119 (In re. Hecht's Department Store, Ferry Building and 05 Building, among others)

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HPA No. 94-073 through 94-078, 94-119 (In re. Hecht's Department Store, Ferry Building and 05 Building, among others)

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  • HPA Number: 94-073 through 94-078, 94-119
  • Building Name: Hecht's Department Store, Ferry Building and May Building
  • Addresses: 501-507 7th St. NW; 513 7th St. NW; 515 7th St. NW; 517 7th St. NW; 626 F St. NW; 511 7th St. NW; 629 E St. NW
  • Date of Order: 27-Sep-94

Summary:

Applicant sought permits for partial demolition of six structures in the Downtown Historic District to construct a mixed-use development. Noting that the facades (deemed the most significant aspects of the buildings) would be retained, that none of the properties was a designated landmark, and that all of the properties had been altered extensively during their history, the Mayor's Agent concluded that the demolition was consistent with the purposes of the Act and thus necessary in the public interest.

Consistent with the Purposes of the Act:

  • The Mayor's Agent concluded that partial demolition of six non-landmark buildings in the Downtown Historic District was consistent with the purposes of the Act since the facades (which he found to be the buildings' most significant aspects) would be preserved; since the new construction and parking would create an adaptive reuse for the buildings (which he found had been largely vacant - and some below code - for several years; and since he found the buildings would contribute more fully to the historic district in their restored condition. *The Mayor's Agent questioned whether "the salient historic qualities of the buildings may be readily understood by present and future generations without the demolition, alteration and new construction" in the case at hand where none of the buildings was a landmark and each had been extensively altered over the course of its existence.

Demolition - Partial:

  • The Mayor's Agent concluded that partial demolition of six non-landmark buildings in the downtown historic district to construct a mixed-use project was consistent with the purposes of the Act and thus necessary in the public interest, finding that the facades (which he found to be the buildings' most significant aspects) would be preserved, the new construction would create an adaptive reuse for the buildings (which had been largely vacant for many years), and the buildings would contribute more fully to the historic district in their restored condition.
  • The Mayor's Agent questioned whether "the salient historic qualities of the buildings may be readily understood by present and future generations without the demolition, alteration and new construction" in the case at hand where none of the buildings was a landmark and each had been extensively altered over the course of its existence.

Facade:

Concluding historic preservation to be a "living, breathing, viable recognition and acknowledgment of the unique contribution the past has made to the present," the Mayor's Agent concluded that the preservation of the facade constituted "a unique compromise between demolition and preservation" by retaining the building's contributing characteristics while facilitating the historic district's continuing evolution.

Historic District - Contributing Building:

The Mayor's Agent found that rehabilitation of six non-landmark and largely vacant properties in the Downtown Historic District would "more fully contribute to the historic district in a manner much more substantial than they do today or have done for some time" after the proposed alterations and partial demolitions that would allow for the restoration of the buildings' facades.

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  • Date of Order : 28-Dec-94

Summary:

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City and other groups filed a motion to stay they Mayor's Agent's Order of September 27, 1994 that granted permits for partial demolition and new construction of six non-landmark buildings in the Downtown Historic District (see HPA 94-73 et seq.) after the groups had filed an appeal to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The Mayor's Agent stayed the Order.

Subsequent History:

See HPA No. 95-440 through 95-448 order of September 11, 1996 for subsequent history.

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Title: HPA No. 94-073 through 94-078, 94-119 (In re. Hecht's Department Store, Ferry Building and 05 Building, among others)
Abstract: Decision and order concerning six consolidated applications seeking partial demolition of structures in Square 456, which is bounded by 6th, 7th, E and F Streets, NW These partial demolitions were sought for the purpose of constructing a series of buildings to include office, housing, retail and arts space on the assembled parcel.
Permanent Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10822/761242
Date Created: 1994
Subject: Demolition; Consistent with Purposes of the Act; Facade; Historic District (Contributing Building)


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