DC Architects May End the Ugly Cement ’60s, Starting With This Building
Akridge has applied for a permit to raze the 8-story office building it recently purchased at 1200 17th St. NW, and replace it with a greener office building. Architectural firm ZGF will design the new structure.
Built in the ’60s to resemble an upscale Soviet prison, 1200 17th is sadly one of many, constructed from an ugly time in DC when schools, office buildings, and jails were all built to look alike. Fair Akridge, should they also be equally ungreen and terribly lucrative for you to kill, feel free to deal a swift blow to the rest of the cement ’60s, including:
J. Edgar Hoover’s elaborate cement closet of sexual ennui:
The ever ironic HUD building, to which we say to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, “physician, heal thyself”:
That rustbucket of a Woodrow Wilson bridge: