1537 7th Street NW (Ivy and Coney) 1900s
|1537 7th Street NW (Ivy and Coney) Today|
*Photo courtesy of the National Archives
Campaign to represent the D.C. Metro Area in a Contest for $150k in Funding
From now through October 31, 2017, the public is able to vote daily to “Forge the Future in Shaw,” in support of DC among 24 other cities by voting online. Shaw is competing for the restoration of an “Ugly Duckling” building built in 1881 as a blacksmith shop in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood. The project competes for $150,000 in funding, as part of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, presented by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will award $2 million in grant funding from American Express to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America. The public will determine which sites will receive funding by voting for their favorite main streets through October 31 at VoteYourMainStreet.org, the online voting portal hosted by National Geographic Travel. The winners of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets grants will be announced on November 2, 2017.
Supporters can go to http://voteyourmainstreet.org/Shaw daily and vote five times every day during one visit to support the DMV’s only contestant in the Partners in Preservation contest. Voting is free, and registration using a valid email address is required. The goal is to get as many votes as possible for Shaw through social media engagement, neighborhood events, promotions, community and government support. Shaw Main Streets will run a variety of social media campaigns and contests as well as host fun “voter education” events. Details will be found on social media by following @ShawMainStreets on Instagram and Twitter, on Facebook and at www.ShawMainStreets.Org
The two-story building up for restoration in Shaw is located at 1537 7th Street NW, was built in 1881 by James Hughes as a blacksmith shop, and housed a metal working business into the 1950s hence the campaign slogan “Forge the Future in Shaw.” Now home to Ivy and Coney a Chicago and Detroit-themed sports bar known for its hot dogs prepared in the styles beloved by those two cities, the façade is currently covered in stucco and vinyl siding. The preservation project would remove these materials to discover what original elements are present and restore the building to its historic appearance, based on a 1947 photograph. Ivy & Coney currently features a retractable roof deck at the rear, built with support from the Washington, DC government’s Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Program. The ground floor retail space is currently vacant.
“The Partners in Preservation program is an exciting opportunity to explore a little-known part of our past and hopefully get the resources to turn our ‘ugly duckling’ into a source of pride for our community,” says Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, which won the Great American Main Street Award in 2016 and has been leading the renaissance of Washington’s historic 7th and 9th Streets, NW commercial corridors since 2003. “We can’t wait to share more information about the building’s past as the campaign continues and the excitement builds during the month of October. We’re uncovering more and more history every day.”
Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. As part of Shaw Main Streets’ Fall Open House on October 7, 2017, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for prizes, learn more about the building’s and neighborhood’s history and explore businesses along Shaw’s historic 7th and 9th Street, NW commercial corridors. Visitors will enjoy food and beverage samples and special offers, get free Shaw swag, and enter drawings for prizes donated by participating businesses. For more information on Shaw Open House, visit www.shawmainstreets.org.