3200 block of Prospect St.
In preparation for the property’s development into an apartment building, the gas station that once stood at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and M St. has been demolished.
The building was built in 1951 to house the Lord Baltimore gas station. It was even given an award for beautification from the Progressive Citizens Association of Georgetown:
Now all that remains is a pile of bricks and the cupola:
This colonial style was used all around DC for gas stations built in the mid century. GM’s not sure if they were all Lord Baltimore, but it would seem likely that they were all built by the same company.
Here’s just a reminder of what the gas station replaced:
And here’s a reminder of what’s going to be built there:
All told, GM would prefer the church come back…
At least the historic Old Georgetown sign remains:
Two weeks ago, GM introduced a new series: Seven Georgetowns. The basic idea is that Georgetown is made up of seven individual sections that if they were to be judged as neighborhoods on their own, they’d still have a ton to offer their residents. And today, GM will discuss the section he affectionately refers to as the DMZ.
Yes, it’s DMZ like “de-militarized zone”. The idea is that it is a narrow strip of contested land between two large powers that is operating under an indefinite armistice. The powers in this case are Georgetown University and “the residents”. (Much like genuine DMZ’s, there’s a sensitivity over terminology. Full-time non-student residents like to call themselves “residents”, but students are residents too, so the term is a bit loaded.) Continue reading