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Central tower of the Kennedy-Warren apartment building. Photo copyright 2008 by Matt Crosby.
3133 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
1931, Joseph Younger, Architect
1935, Alexander H. Sonnemann, Designer (200-unit addition)
2004, Hartman-Cox, Architects (south tower)

Within days after ADSW filed a landmark application on Friday, October 17, 2008, seeking to protect the interior spaces of the famed Kennedy-Warren apartment building, ADSW has learned that demolition has begun on the historic interiors of several apartments. ADSW calls on owner B.F. Saul to halt further demolition until the landmark application can be considered.

Express your concerns to B.F. Saul, the Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Neighborhood Commision, and Councilmember Cheh. Contact information is provided in our press release.

Contribute to ADSW's fund to save the Kennedy-Warren interior.

Preservation Status

Proposed sidewalk widening on the Burrard Bridge. Illustration from the Administrative Report.
Burrard Bridge
Vancouver, BC, Canada
1932,  J.R. Grant, engineer; Sharp & Thompson, consulting architects

The Burrard Bridge is one of Vancouver's great Art Deco icons. Opened in 1932, it is a beautifully detailed structure with unique sculptural decoration.

On December 20, 2005, the City Council of Vancouver voted to proceed with the outward widening of the sidewalks of the Burrard Bridge. This will have a substantial and destructive impact on the appearance of this landmark Art Deco structure. The four towers at each end, with their stained glass braziers, would stand isolated in a sea of pavement. The sidewalks would extend a further nine feet on each side, with the extensions in concrete with large braces underneath.  For further information on the proposal, go the Council Report and read item 5, the Administrative Report.

According to the Wikipedia article about the bridge, Heritage Vancouver listed the Burrard Bridge as number four on their 2005 Top Ten endangered sites in Vancouver, and number one their 2006 list. The sidewalk expansion has also been delayed by the Squamish First Nation, which controls the land directly under the south side of the bridge.


M/V Kalakala afloat in Alaska
M/V Kalakala
Neah Bay, Washington
1935, Captain Alexander Peabody of the Puget Sound Navigation Co., designer
On September 24, 2004, the Kalakala arrived at its new moorage  on the south shore of the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Washington. On March 26, 2006 the Kalakala was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about the plans for restoration and reuse of this streamlined, Art Deco era ferry boat.
Facade and marquee of Maple Leaf Gardens (courtesy of Friends of Maple Leaf Gardens)
Maple Leaf Gardens
438 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1931, Ross and Macdonald, architects
The future of Maple Leaf Gardens, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team for nearly 70 years and one of Toronto's most important Art Deco buildings, was decided by Toronto City Council. In May 2004 they approved an application by Loblaws to make the Gardens into a grocery Store. The Friends of Maple Leaf Gardens appreciates your support.
NCR Building 26 in the 1940s.
NCR Building 26
Stewart Street and Patterson Boulevard
Dayton, Ohio
1938, Schenck & Williams

When NCR Building 26 opened in 1938, the Art Deco structure served as a night school for NCR employees. During World War II, NCR leased the building to the Navy to house the secret Naval Computing Machine Laboratory (NCML), where Joseph R. Desch led the development of an American version of the Bombe, a machine that decrypted German communications.

The current building owner, the University of Dayton, wants to demolish Building 26 for new development. Their consultant's report concludes that although Building 26 has significance because of its association with NCML and Medal of Merit recipient Joseph Desch, the building lacks integrity due to removal of much Art Deco ornamentation when it was encased on three sides by a newer building in the 1960s. The consultant concludes that Building 26 is ineligible for National Register of Historic Preservation listing.

Status: Two hundred Dayton area residents, nearly all of them supporters of saving Building 26, showed up at the April 23, 2007 public hearing at Carillon Historic Park, facilitated by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. Several individuals in the audience took the opportunity to make a case for preserving and reusing this historic facility. In an overwhelming show of support, 37 of the 42 who formally made comments at the meeting voiced strong opposition to demolition.

North Office Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
North Office Building
Pennsylvania Capitol Complex
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Granite panel freize: c. 1927, Pierre Moreau and Camille Boucher
The lost Fletcher Granite Company panels have been located above the entrances to the North Office Building, part of the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.
The Senator Theatre
Senator Theatre
5904 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland
1939,  John J. Zink, architect
S.O.S. Save Our Senator: Over 2,500 people contributed to Senator Theatre S.O.S. Fund, raising $109,000 to bring the theater's mortgage payments up-to-date on February 21, 2007. This historic single screen theater, which opened in 1939, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

ADSW Preservation Projects

ADSW assisted with the actions shown in italics.

Bethesda Theatre
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland
1938, John Eberson, architect, Sidney Lust, developer
ADSW is working to save the theater from encroaching development. ADSW's National Register Nomination was approved.
Greenbelt Center School
15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, Maryland
1937, Douglas Ellington & Reginald D. Wadsworth, architects
Landmarked 1983
Greyhound Terminal
1100 New York Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D. C.
1940, Wischmeyer, Arrasmith & Elswick (Louisville, Ky.)
1991, Keyes Condon Florance Eichbaum Esocoff King
Landmarked 1986-87; Design of new building 1988
Hecht Company Warehouse
1401 New York Avenue, N. E.
Washington, D. C.
1937, Abbott, Merkt & Co.
Landmarked 1991-92
3133 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
1931, Joseph Younger, Architect
1935, Alexander H. Sonnemann, Designer (200-unit addition)
2004, Hartman-Cox, Architects (south tower)
ADSW filed a landmark application seeking to protect the interior spaces of the Kennedy-Warren apartment building.
Sears Department Store
4555 Wisconsin Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D. C.
1941, John Stokes Redden and John G. Raben, architects
Landmarked 1993
Silver Theatre
8619 Colesville Road & 8555 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland
1938, John Eberson, architect
Landmarked and supported 1984-present. Working with Montgomery County on redevelopment plans.

Buildings are identified by their original name.

Created Wednesday, October 01, 1997; Modified Sunday, July 26, 2009.