Life on Capitol Hill

Friday, February 1, circa 8:45am.





An entrance to the Navy Yard anchors the south end of Barracks Row. June 7, 2017. 9:20pm.

The former Odd Fellows Lodge on Barracks Row – now the administrative offices for the Shakespeare Theater. June 7, 2017, 9:07pm.

The Hine Project from the corner of 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, June 7, 2017, 8:46pm.

The Hine Project, May 29, 2017

The Fridge, 516 & 1/2 8th Street, SE, rear alley. April 13, 2017

The Hahn Building, now home of Community Connections, 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. April 9, 2017

Steam from the Capitol Power Plant bisects the moon. March 13, 2017

Silence is betrayal. February 23, 2017.

The Hine Project, February 6, 2017

The EXXON Station at 4th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, February 13, 2017

At the end of the Women’s National March on Washington, some marches left their signs at the base of the statue of President Garfield, in Garfield Circle at the base of the West Front of the US Capitol.

Television stand-up position, interior balcony of the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda, January 19, 2017


Christmas Tree from Idaho, West Front of the U.S. Capitol. In the Background, Inaugural Stand Is Under Construction. December 14, 2016


Election Day, 2016, Eastern Market North Hall Polling Place November 8, 2016, c. 11:00am.


Heavy Halloween Law Enforcement Presence at 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, under the Command of Captain Mark Beach (center, back to camera). October 31, 2016

Mayor Bowser Documents an Illegally Parked City Vehicle During Her Walk About in Hill East. September 13, 2016.


Watkins School Under Renovation. August 9, 2016.

July Fourth Parade Watchers on Barracks Row. July 4, 2016


Lt. Damion Taylor, at left, Introduce Members of His Law Enforcement Team to PSA 108. June 16, 2016.



View of 7th Street from the Market Manager’s Office, Eastern Market. May 26, 2016.


A Crowd Gathered at Eastern Market after Word Spread that First Lady Michelle Obama Was Lunching at Radicci. March 15, 2016


CHC Reports that SE Safeway Is Slated for Redevelopment. March 30, 2016


The Hine Project North Building Rises. February 27, 2016

Las Placitas Reopened on Lower 8th Street. January 3, 2016


Commemoration of Adolph Cluss, Eastern Market Architect, by Artist William Fleischell, in former Fire Call Box at Corner of 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. November 26, 2016


Pete’s Diner, at 212 2nd Street, SE. November 17, 2016. A CHC favorite place.

Jimmy T’s Place, at 501 East Capitol Street. November 17, 2016. A CHC favorite place.

Shushi Capitol, at 325 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. November 16, 2016. A CHC favorite place.

The legendary Tune Inn, at 331 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. November 16, 2016. A CHC favorite place.

Capitol Hill Books at 657 C Street, SE. November 16, 2016. A CHC favorite place.

Hine Project, South Building, viewed from the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. November 5, 2016, circa 8:45am.

Purple Calla Lilies at Angie’s Stand inside Eastern Market. November 4, 2016.

Molded brick for the Hine Project arrives by flatbed at the construction site. November 1, 2016.

Cranes over the Hine Project, South Building. October 15, 2016.


Capitol Hill neighbors planted Heavenly Blue morning glories, which soon enveloped an ugly new No Parking Here to There sign. / Photo and story by Stephanie Cavanaugh. See here:

Looks like 705 North Carolina Avenue, formerly The Village and then Pinktini, is set to be the future home of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate. October 16, 2016.

Hine Project, South Building, from the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue. October 15, 2016.

Hine Project, South Building, from the corner of 7th and C Streets, SE. October 13, 2016.

Hine Project North Building, from the intersection of 7th and C Streets. October 13, 2016.


Bullfrog Bagels near Eastern Market opened on Saturday. People lined up to try it out. September 10, 2016.

“The Independence” the long vacant apartment house at 7th and Independence across the North Carolina Avenue from Eastern Market, is being renovated. The city issued a stop work order on August 26 after neighbors complained work was being done without proper permits. September 10, 2016.

Things sure have changed around here. Union Meats at Eastern Market is offering Wagyo beef at $98.00 a pound. September 10, 2016.

The Fridge, at 516 & 1/2 8th Street, rear alley, has some fresh exterior paint. August 22, 2016.

And it looks like the space formerly held by City Bikes on Barracks Row at 709 8th Street, SE, has a new tenant. Take note fans of the Playseum formerly down the street where Frame of Mine has relocated. September 5, 2016.

Work continued on the Barrack’s Row &Pizza at 405 8th Street, on Labor Day. Here’s what it looked liked at circa 9:45am on September 5, 2016

The Hine Project, from the corner of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, September 5, 2016.

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It’s not clear yet what “Found on the Hill” is, other than it appears to be a successor to the short lived “septcarrés septième rue” (Seven Squares Seventh Street) custom furniture  which opened in mid February at 323 7th Street, a few doors down from Eastern Market, in the former location of Monkey’s Uncle. Owner Ari Gejdenson of Acqua al 2 across from Eastern Market is so far keeping mum on this one. See CHC posting on septcarrés here:  September 20, 2016.


Saturday, August 6, circa 12 noon. Watkins School Modernization Project underway. See here for details:  August 6, 2016.


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Here’s the progress as of Sunday, July 31, 2016, on the Hine Project’s North Building – retail on the first floor and affordable housing on the upper three floors.  July 7, 2016.

Fire engines answered what turned out to be a false alarm at Eastern Market, today, July 31, 2016,  at circa 3:00pm.

A Look Back at the Week Ending July 23, 2016

& Pizza has finally got its permits in order and work has resumed on the Barracks Row outlet. The city issued a stop work order last summer after determining work was proceeding without the appropriate permits.  July 17, 2016.

Not many thought ACE Check Cashing an asset to the 600 block of PA Ave, SE. In July of 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took enforcement action against ACE Cash Express, one of the largest payday lenders in the United States, for pushing payday borrowers into a cycle of debt.  July 20, 2016.

The storm that ripped through the District on the night of July 19, 2016. felled this tree on 6th Street between D and E Streets, SE (Photo courtesy of Bob Gellman)