Ward 6: Beyond Barracks Row and H Street, part one


The bulk of attention that Ward 6’s transforming landscape receives are centered on two areas: restaurant-focused Barracks Row (8th Street SE) and its edgier northern cousin H Street NE. Near Southeast/Ballpark District/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard even has its own meticulous chronicler, despite a handful of articles about how stalled development in that area is.

But the neighborhoods of the southeastern-most part of the ward (Eastern Capitol Hill, Barney Circle, Hill East, some yet-to-be-invented name) are changing too; sparkling on some blocks and woefully underused on others.

The area east of Barracks Row and and south of East Capitol Street is out of the spotlight. From Google.

The area of Ward 6 east of Barracks Row and and south of East Capitol Street is out of the spotlight. From Google.

The area has large condo buildings mixed in with both tasteful and unkempt rowhouses, a handful of bars and restaurants and three closely-spaced subway stations (Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory). The change is interesting, sad and invigorating to see all at once, and because of the attention devoted to other hot spots, this corner of the city doesn’t get much press. Well here it is, on a free, poorly-read blog. Today we will look at two pockets of this neighborhood ripe for transformation.

First up is the International Graduate University, which says it is still humming, but often appears abandoned. Some of this campus could likely be consolidated; they have a lot of land and the location is prime. I would be surprised if a developer isn’t licking his condo chops at this funky building.

International Graduate University on at 13th and E SE.

International Graduate University on at 13th and E SE.

Across the street is what appears to be a defunct corner store, out of place among the well-kept houses on the block. Might I suggest a store selling $10 six-packs?

Opposite corner of 13th and E from IGU.

Opposite corner of 13th and E from IGU.

Just a bit west of here is one of those funky one-story houses sprinkled across the city. Might be a knockdown candidate or a unique renovation, but something will happen with this house: it’s for sale.

On E Street between 12th and 13th streets SE.

On E Street between 12th and 13th streets SE.

On Pennsylvania Avenue right next to the Potomac Metro station, new and restored rubs shoulders with the abandoned, just like on H Street NE and U Street NW.

A place to get a snazzy cocktail, Wisdom on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

A place to get a snazzy cocktail, Wisdom on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Wisdom's next door neighbor.

Wisdom's next door neighbor.

Tomorrow: What new completed developments in this area of the city look like.

Tomorrow I will show off, for better or worse, what these new developments look like.
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