There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Who Art on F Street? A few months back, the 900 block of F Street NW faced excommunication by wrecking ball. The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington—the block’s landlord—planned to raze historic buildings containing a few businesses and 20 artists’ studios in order to erect another downtown office building (“Raze Be to God” 7/30). But last week, mayoral agent Judge Rohulamin Quander nixed the demolition. Quander called the church’s plan inconsistent with D.C.’s Historic District Protection Act and disrespectful of the floundering downtown arts district because it would “displace the last working artists’ studios in the downtown.” Artists aren’t ready to sheathe their palette knives just yet. “Our future is still hazy,” says Downtown Artist Coalition co-head Stuart Gosswein. “The question is, will the archdiocese renew our leases?” Archdiocese spokesperson Susan Gibbs says all options are open: “As you know, there’s no decision that’s been made as far as the fate of the artists.”