The strip connecting Howard University and the Petworth Metro is in the midst of a spasm of activity these days: The new E.L.Haynes school is springing up with great speed (and architectural weirdness...more on that later) and the condo/retail block above New Hampshire Ave is finally showing progress. Of course there's the change of ownership at Temperance Hall, and who knows what else is brewing.
Now, it looks like somebody's secured financing to build some apartments and new retail on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street.
Which is fine, of course. Perhaps even great. But once again, I find myself staring up at the architect's rendering of the finished project, scratching my head in disbelief. It's hard to imagine seeing THAT, in three dimensions, on that corner.
Georgia & Kenyon isn't a BAD block, but it ain't world-class, either. It's just a decent working-class slab of DC. Sure it could use improvement, but it's real.
But the building in the rendering: Is that real? Will it be real? Here? It should be interesting, and it looks like the cranes are here to stay for a while.