November 01, 2010 - 8:31 am

Avenue Q

This summer we wrote about 607 605 Florida Avenue, whose turret was destroyed by a drunk driver in 2006. After four years of legal wrangling and other headaches, the reconstruction is nearly complete.

We took the first photo this summer and took the second photo on Sunday.

Turret (Re)Demolished
607 Florida Avenue NW

The exterior brickwork is beautiful. The owner, whose last name is Quarterman, has adorned the turret with a copper ‘Q’ finial, adding a distinctive personal touch.

Q is for Quarterman

July 07, 2010 - 5:56 am

Taking the Turret

Turret (Re)Demolished

On the night of Sunday, November 12, 2006, a drunk driver speeding as fast as 80 mph on Florida Avenue slammed his SUV into the back of a stopped car, killing two occupants, and then veered into 607 605 Florida Avenue NW on the edge of LeDroit Park.  The driver’s SUV punctured the brick façade of the turret damaging it to a degree that DCRA declared the house uninhabitable and had the turret demolished.

The owners’ son explained (with some interesting photos) to the Prince of Petworth his difficulty renovating the house, from delays with the insurance payment to contractor disputes to an Army deployment to Kuwait.

Finally, after three and half years, the shabby plywood covering the turret has come down and the renovation (we hope) is back on track.

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