“New” LeDroit Park Row House Fits Right In

by Mark Wellborn

605 Florida Ave NW. Photo courtesy of Left for LeDroit.

In November 2006, a drunk driver crashed into the back of a stopped car on Florida Avenue, killing two people, before slamming into a home located at 605 Florida Avenue NW (map). The home’s facade and turret were so badly damaged by the accident that DCRA deemed the property unfit to be inhabited.

Left for LeDroit happily reports today that after four years, the home is in the final stages of being rebuilt. Because the entire facade needed to be torn down, it is not a stretch to call this home new construction, but as the photo shows, the property is not out of place with the rest of the historic homes on the block. The turret is back in place, and as Left For LeDroit notes, a “Q” sits atop it, in honor of the owner’s last name — Quarterman.

The four-year process of getting the home to where it is today was filled with trials and tribulations. The son of the owner wrote a letter to Prince of Petworth outlining the ups and downs. Read it here.

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  1. Richard Layman said at 3:49 pm on Tuesday November 2, 2010:

    It’s new construction, but not contemporary design, so of course it fits in.  Problems usually obrain when new construction is also contemporary design, or value engineered.  That being said it is possible for contemporary design to be complementary to historic architecture, it’s just particularly rare.

  1. Anonymous said at 11:45 am on Wednesday November 3, 2010:

    Please note the correct address of this property is “605 Florida Avenue NW”, not “607” Florida Avenue NW.

  1. emerald said at 2:57 pm on Wednesday November 3, 2010:

    I’ve read the details and am greatly saddened by the slippage of true neighborhood spirit.  If ever there’s a case of “walk a mile in my shoes”, this is one of them!  Sh** happens is a great way to escape compassion or feeling.  Guess what, folks, it’s LIFE that happens and you never know what may be around the next corner!  The son involved in this property has “soldiered” his family commitments and responsibilities to a remarkable extent. Has he fully succeeded?  Not likely, when he’s had the constant uphill additional battle with mtg. co, ins. company, city regs, and not-the-least, mean-spirited neighborhood IRE!!  There actually was a time before many of you were probably born that neighbors actually pulled together to help those who were struck by tragedies.  If you put more of your hearts into your comments than your mouths, you might come up with a helpful solution.

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