Construction is moving forward at a steady clip at the Lionel Lofts commercial-to-condo project on DC's 14th Street, NW. The current stage: excavation. Although the building takes up the entire lot between the sidewalk and the alley, the basement level only extends about three quarters of the way back - and that's dirt that has already been leased by a restaurant so it needs to be dug up and trucked out.
Although you can't really tell from the above photo (scroll down to see more), there's now a gap between the original building and the original garage, which had been filled in along the way and will eventually be filled in again with a contemporary addition.
Because there aren't any real floors left in the building, this is the comforting view from the storefront entrance. In the photo below, you can see some of the hand-hewn, rough-cut detail in the remaining original floor joists. Although these kinds of details are typically hidden beneath floorboards, it's an interesting contrast from the now machine-made boards available for purchase today. ... Read More →
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