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Tudor Place Sent Back to the Drawing Board

Last Thursday, Tudor Place came before the Old Georgetown Board to seek approval for the concept of its proposed master construction plan. As you may remember, Tudor Place went before the ANC and the OGB in October.

In short: A group of some of the neighbors is objecting to Tudor Place’s plans as they are currently drafted. Some 32nd St. neighbors are particularly concerned about the proposed addition to the garage on the west side of the property. They have suggested Tudor Place dramatically scale back their plans. Tudor Place responds that they have taken many of the neighbors’ suggestions and the plan represents a compromise between the neighbors’ concerns and Tudor Place’s needs.

The ANC essentially took no side and merely expressed a desire for the discussion to continue. The OGB, on the other hand, deferred a decision to embark on a site visit. Having performed a site visit between its October and November meetings, the OGB was prepared to pass judgment last week, and it wasn’t what Tudor Place was hoping for.

The OGB essentially told Tudor Place to go completely back to the drawing board. Here’s specifically what they found: Continue reading

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  • Their plans for buildings are running into opposition, but nobody is going to complain about Tudor Place’s plans for new trees, right?
  • There’s a good chance that Georgetown will get its second Capital Bikeshare station on Wisconsin just south of the canal.

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ANC Roundup: Tudor Place Preview

Ok, so last week GM predicted a relatively short ANC meeting this week. He was woefully wrong. The meeting was a 4 1/2 hour beast. Sadly, that left little time for GM to write up a sizable summary before hitting the sack.

So as not to leave you totally bereft of an ANC summary, GM will briefly discuss the real heart of the meeting: Tudor Place.

Tudor Place has been working on a plan over the past several years to radically overhaul it’s physical plant. As it stands now, the Tudor Place Foundation keeps the property’s vast collection of 17th-20th century artifacts and papers inside the historic home in very unsafe conditions. Since the building is not well designed to prevent fires, floods, pests, and other threats to both the structure and the possessions, the current situation is not sustainable.

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ANC Preview: Ah, That’s Better Edition

Since the Old Georgetown Board doesn’t meet in August, projects get backed up for approval for September. As a result, the September ANC meeting is absolute torture. But thankfully September is behind us, and the October meeting next Monday looks downright brief. Check out the more interesting topics:

Tudor Place

Tudor Place is planning a large construction project. They want to clear out all administrative uses from the main building and restore it entirely to its historical shape.

To accommodate this, Tudor Place wants to build climate controlled space for its large collection of documents and artifacts from the house. It also wants to build a new gatehouse and an educational center.

The neighbors are objecting to the proposed construction, mostly because of its effect on 32nd St. residents (the idea being that the new buildings would loom too much over the neighbors). They would like to see less construction above ground and more below ground space. CAG has said it won’t support the plan as it currently exists (Full disclosure: GM is on the CAG Historical Preservation Committee that voted on the resolution.)

With the neighbors and CAG in lockstep opposition to the plan, it seems likely that the ANC will object as well. But it should make for a fun discussion. Continue reading

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  • “Georgetown area” security guard in identity theft scheme. Who wants to bet “Georgetown area” means just about anywhere in NW DC?
  • Speaking of crime, there were apparently two separate robberies on M St. yesterday.
  • Gift to Tudor Place highlights connection with Transatlantic cable.

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18th Century Double-Barreled Pistol Dug Up at Tudor Place

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Last week an ancient double-barreled pistol was dug up on property that was once part of the Tudor Place estate on 31st St. It is a Belgian-made flintlock pistol dating from the late 18th or early 19th century.

At one time, Tudor Place took up the entire block between Q St. and R St. (then known as Stoddert St. and the oddly named Road St.). The land north of the current estate was sold off after the Civil War. Now that land is home to a row of rather large homes and the Dumbarton apartment building. Continue reading

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