Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Photos: Demolition of Brightwood Car Barn begins
Roof partially removed.
Interior of the Car Barn...look up, you can see sky where the roof used to be.
The Brightwood Car Barn, one of the few standing car barns from the era of DC's first streetcars, is now in the first stages of demolition, despite past efforts of the DC Preservation League and other preservationists to save it. Walmart and Foulger-Pratt have said that they intend to use the bricks from the car barn to construct part of the Walmart store that is planned to be built on the site.
UPDATE: I spoke with ANC Doug Smith and he confirmed what I suspected; the ANC was not informed that the demolition was moving ahead. This has taken everyone by surprise.
ANOTHER UPDATE: CM Bowser said that DCRA is sending an inspector over.
AND ANOTHER UPDATE: DCRA's chief building inspector visited the site last night (Tuesday, 9/6); here is what DCRA director Nicholas Majett had to say following the inspection.
UPDATE 09/08/11 12pm DCRA has issued a citation and a stop-work order to Foulger-Pratt.