The old Miles Glass site at 8th and Virginia marks one corner of Square 906. 8th Street Beer Garden/Square 906

In late 2010 and early 2011 much of the land on what looks to become the "Saints and Sinners" block bounded by Virginia, L, 7th and 8th changed hands, and two highly anticipated developments hit the boards. The National Community Church, owners of the successful Ebenezers Coffee House near Union Station, are intending to build a combination coffee house/performance space/offices on 10 lots they assembled. Around the same time, a developer has been working to open a beer garden on the northwest corner of 8th and L.

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The northwest corner of 8th and L, in March 2011. This is 720 L St SE, where a developer is working 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) that would allow hours of operation of 11 am to 1 am Sunday through Thursday and 11 am to 3 am Friday and Saturday, along with additional hours for both indoor and outdoor entertainment. The current timeline appears to be working toward a 2011 opening, though the site's location within the Capitol Hill Historic District has caused some delays as it became necessary for a permanent structure to be built, which then needed to go through the Historic Preservation Review process. (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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