Wardman house in danger

Originally uploaded by In Shaw

The blue house. Well both houses, are Wardman houses. I looked and found proof. In October 22, 1902 the then Harry Wardman received approval for permit number #756 from the city to build 1721 4th St NW. Permit # 757 was for 1709-1719 4th Streets, NW.
Fast forward to 2001-2002 and Behzad Hosseinkhani buys the place $110K. In 2008 the house went on the market with very little (no) improvement for $368,000. Apparently didn’t sell. Also in it seems the city seemed to figure out the place was vacant and began charging at that rate (Sq. 519 lot 54

5 thoughts on “Wardman house in danger”

  1. The zoning write initiative * could * help with the issue of pop-ups, if neighborhood-specific zoning regulations were fabricated that address pop-ups.

    But I would agree that the zoning rewrite is too far off to address any current pop-ups.

    In general, the * only * remedy available in the District of Columbia to combat pop-ups is neighborhood historic designation.

    So if you are not a fan of neighborhood historic designation, they you will have to live with pop-ups.

    That about sums it up!

    — Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale.

  2. Egad. If I don't monitor this thing people get all crazy with their anonymous comments. Which have been deleted.
    Also I remember when someone said mind you own business when it came to the drug dealers, the domestic assaults in the streets, and all other sorts of things.
    It looks as if FAR (Floor Area Ratio) may save it from a pop-up in this case. And also rules on how much of the land can be used up, and he's already maxed out.
    Lastly, I love history but I hate to see it prostituted like a $5 hooker for other purposes. And that's how I see historic districting, some Disney-fied, scrubbed bordering on false narrative that is all about looks and the actual history of the place is secondary. So that's why I avoid it, it just offends me on principle. If I have to tolerate a pop-up to avoid it I will. If I can fight it, I will, and if I have to move, well I'd do that too. Maybe somewhere where I can have chickens.

  3. Maybe if the H street corridor gets it's Historic designation, we can have horse drawn trolleys like in the old days. That should solve the "power" problems since the National Capital Planning Commission says we can't have overhead wires because of the Le Enfant plan. What do you think?

    I think that you right, folks don't really want historic, they want Disney Land.

  4. Mari:

    I attended the end of this past Tuesday's ANC 5C meeting at St. George's. The commission voted on a zoning variance for a pop-up at 1721 4th St NW.

    Here is the write-up from Edgewood resident Michael Henderson's meeting notes:

    BZA Case # 17934 – 4th story addition to 1721 4th street NW; variance requested to add a 3rd story addition; will keep façade as it is; Commissioner Bonds asked if pitched roof would remain – yes; currently is a vacant property; building is being gutted at pre-sent; Commissioner Bonds said it is a beautiful structure; will be 40 feet from grade to ceiling; is an English Basement with three levels; Commissioner Bonds moved to sup-port the proposed renovation with the proviso that the pitched roof remain; Commis-sioner Daneker 2nd; motion passed one abstention (Commissioner Wright); hearing is 28th of July.

    So our ANC voted to * support * a pop-up.

    — Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale

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