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The Historic Preservation Office just approved a raze permit for 2300 Connecticut Avenue, the eight-story, empty-feeling Chinese chancery building at Kalorama Road. It’ll be replaced by an equally large but perhaps slightly less forbidding building by architect Phil Esocoff, to house 160 embassy staff and a consulate. They’ve got a year to knock the thing down before the permit expires.

Photo of building entrance by Lydia DePillis.