If Walls Could Talk / 14.02.2012

I came across a great idea while reading Prince of Petworth's post on LivingSocial yesterday. The DC-based company just opened up their "live events center" in a building at 918 F St. NW, which was the former National Union Building. It's a magnificently beautiful Romanesque building, six stories tall. This one certainly has a colorful history, so it's going to make for a great "If Walls Could Talk." The building was originally built in 1890, designed by architect Glenn Brown (1854 - 1932). He was a Virginian and educated at Washington and Lee College in Lexington. His father Dr. Bedford Brown was a planter and politician from North Carolina, serving in the United States Senate from 1828 to 1841. The younger Brown worked a few years as an apprentice in Washington before entering Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture. He returned to Washington in 1879 and kicked off a successful fifty-year career designing countless buildings and structures, many of which you are familiar with. Other than the new LivingSocial building (i.e., the National Union Building),  he designed the Beale House at 2301 Massachusetts Ave. NW (now the Egyptian ambassador's residence), 1732 Massachusetts Ave. NW (now the Embassy of Chile), Dumbarton Bridge and Boulder Bridge.