Yesterday the Help and I dined at Beau Thai, outside. I had my back turned to avoid looking at the pop ups on New Jersey Avenue. I rather see the peeling paint on top of the Africare building (formerly the Morse School) than those things. There are 3.
What's Poping Up on New Jersey
There was a house, was a simple little two story deal. If you go to Google Street view, you can sort of see what was there before at 1631 New Jersey. First, they tore off its face. Then they slowly built out what you see. Gee, I hope this is not a spec building, and someone actually wants this and plans on living in it as their home, because otherwise the Invisible Hand is gonna do some smiting. Here is why. There is a modernist odd looking thing on the 1400-1300 block of 5th Street, where it was portioned off into condos which took a good long time to sell, and if I'm not mistaken 1 or 2 units were in foreclosure. Also there was another condo conversion on the oppossite side of New Jersey that looked a tiny bit odd. It still had some classic elements but some modernistic bents of where the windows were and such. If memory serves me right, the builder lived in one of the units and it seemed to take a while for the other unit to get occupied. But that's fuzzy memory and I could be wrong. Also the other tall structure you may notice on the right side of the picture is an infill building. It was nothing but a empty lot several years ago.
If you want to want to wring your hands about the loss of history, take a gander at the Historic Survey of Shaw East written by Kelsey & Associates (big PDF file), paying special attention to squares 507 and 509E. On page 95 it appears 1631 NJ Ave NW was built before 1887. Well, that's gone now. I'm not too concerned with the history, just the aesthetics.