Friday, July 15, 2011

Facade & Mural Coming Down at MLK/GH

Well, that was quick. Due to a dangerously sagging facade, the new wood-block mural at MLK and Good Hope, along with what remained of the art deco facade of the old Peoples Drug are being torn down.

The corner in 1949:


the flourishing days of not-so-long-ago Anacostia...image from Historical Society of Washington, DC

Then in 2009:


when a truck bashed through the now-abandoned lot...

And in 2011:


see the Gateway to Ward 8 mural in the background...

And this afternoon:


notice the wood block in the crate...photo by @ruseriousingme


photo by @TheAdvoc8te

The above photos definitely show the mural being dismantled. I really hope that they take away all the debris rather than just backfill it into the hole. More updates as I get them...

2 comments:

The Diarist said...

Workers started demolishing the building early last night. I hope the mural comes down. I was never a fan of this newest iteration. Hopefully new development will soon follow.

Gallegoscot said...

It was a safety issue, check out the video from a sister site: http://www.congressheightsontherise.com/2011/07/why-anacostia-gateway-mural-had-to-come.html