Dear Ms. McDonald,
I am nominating
These two alleys have a rich history that reflects the development of the inner core of the city of
I have enclosed a letter of support from the President of the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court Association – Richard Neidich - which followed a unanimous vote of support at the most recent meeting. There is widespread support within the neighborhood to preserve, protect and restore the buildings within these two alleys. The Historic Preservation Office has been working with me to raise the level of awareness of the historic value of these buildings.
In the mid 1950’s a group of residents in Foggy Bottom and
Nomination by the DC Preservation League on the list of Most Endangered Places will heighten the profile of this historic site and help to increase the awareness of those empowered within the government so that wise decisions in the future can be made to protect this enclave.
There is interest by a local film producer (Todd Clark of Onandon Productions) to develop a film documenting these two alleys.
At the last meeting of the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court Association a motion was entertained to review a collection of 30 years of archived material about the alley.
There are opportunities to apply for grants to survey and inventory the building within these two alleys as well as to create a history document of their past.
The community has spoken with Councilman Jack Evans about the destruction in
In July I created a blogspot to document the history of these alleys and their current plight. It can be visited at http://preservingdcstables.blogspot.com .
The original documentation in support of the nomination for recognition as a Historic Landmark property was written in 1990 and has been included with other material of relevance.
Finally, I have included a CD with written material as well as many photographs showing the changes that have been occurring in these two alleys. There is also a video from Channel 7 News that covered the issue of the destruction of one of the stables in
I hope that you will rule in favor of including Blagden Alley and