Demolition by neglect
Historic houses are protected by preservation laws, but weather, gravity, and animals don't obey that law. That's why some of our most beautiful buildings are literally falling down.
As discussed in yesterday's Post, many are chanceries (the building housing an embassy is officially called a chancery) operated by dysfunctional foreign governments. One of the most neglected is the Democratic Republic of the Congo's on New Hampshire and S Street, just named one of the DC Preservation League's Most Endangered properties of 2008.
Left: Chancery of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photo from the DC Preservation League. Right: 1841 16th Street.
Photo by lightboxdc on Flickr.
Around the corner, an apartment house at 16th and T occupied by students and other young renters had an internal wall collapse on Saturday, the result of years of poor maintenance. DCRA has cited the owners in the past for failing to maintain the building. Now all of the renters have been displaced from their apartments, and the house next door even had to be evacuated as well and T Street blocked off.
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