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Beergarden on 8th
720 L St. SE

A developer has been trying to get historic preservation approval to build a beer garden on the northwest corner of 8th and L
Appears stalled

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The northwest corner of 8th and L, in March 2011. This is 720 L St SE, where a developer has been endeavoring since late 2010 to build a beer garden, that would seat 99 customers inside, another 200 outside in a "summer garden," and would have outdoor roof space as well. The bar would have a tavern-class liquor license (supported by ANC 6B, albeit with some reservations). The Historic Preservation Review process is where the project is currently stalled, and in the meantime a small parking lot has since appeared on the site. (3/04/11)
A March 2011 rendering showing the latest design for the beer garden building. With its historic district location, the new building must respect the historic nature of the area, but does not need to be a direct copy of Hill style or architecture; so the developer has gone with a more industrial design that is not out of place for this area near the Navy Yard. (Read more in this blog post.) (3/19/11)
An earlier design of the building presented to ANC 6B and to the Historic Preservation Review Board, was thought to be "somewhat chaotic and unfinished," and in comparing it to the later rendering you can see how some of the more disparate elements were removed. (3/19/11)
A more straight-on view of the site's L Street frontage, with the Miles Glass building visible at rear. (3/3/11)
And the 8th Street frontage. The only structures currently on the lots are some corrugated tin sheds that have not been deemed historically significant. (3/3/11)
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