3200 block of Q St.
In honor of the legalization of marijuana in DC, GM is turning back to a curious period of Georgetown history: when a group of beatniks brought the first pot party to DC. The article, from 2009, it reprinted below:
Think Georgetown in the 1950’s and 60’s and most people think of JFK and socialite doyennes. Almost totally forgotten from those days in Georgetown is a coffeehouse and a community of beatniks and free-spirits once located in a small courtyard off 31st st. Nowadays it’s the office complex called Hamilton Court at 1232 31st. St. Find out the wine-soaked pot-scented history of this perfectly ordinary looking office complex after the jump:
Photo by M01229.
Washingtonian has an absolutely saucy story out this week on the sorry story of the train wreck that was Serendipity 3 in Georgetown. It’s a fantastic read, and for many Georgetowners like GM it helps fill in the story that we knew the contours of, but not the details. (And this makes two stories in three months where Washingtonian dished on Georgetown’s dirt laundry. Let’s hope that’s a sign of more good things to come.)
But the article missed the saddest part of the story: that it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Nathan’s shouldn’t have closed in the first place. As you may recall, the last months of Nathans’ existence involved Carol Joynt fighting with the landlord to work out a deal to stay open. Her rent was $30,000 a month. That was too much for her, but the landlord was unwilling to agree to an arrangement that was acceptable to Nathans. So despite a temporary lease extension, Joynt exercised a termination clause and closed Nathans. Continue reading