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Old 03-15-2013, 07:35 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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The Navy Annex on Col Pike near the Pentagon is being torn down, to make way for an expansion of Arlington National Cemetary.

Folks here with nostalgia for that building?

Anyone objecting because of a desire to keep the "historical" architecture?

Just curious.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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No nostalgia. I worked in it briefly a few years ago, and it was a run-down dump with missing ceiling tiles, exposed pipes, and leaking windows. (And let's not even start on the condition of the heads.)

I also don't know why it would be considered "historical" architecture. Sometimes there is a reason why a building is unique- people find it unwieldy or impractical to navigate and don't want to repeat that mistake.

Perhaps I missed it in its heyday, and maybe it was well-maintained before it was announced that they would be tearing it down. However, I won't be one reminiscing about the Annex's good ol' days.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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The Navy Annex on Col Pike near the Pentagon is being torn down, to make way for an expansion of Arlington National Cemetary.

Folks here with nostalgia for that building?

Anyone objecting because of a desire to keep the "historical" architecture?

Just curious.
I drive by the Annex all the time and live just down the Pike.

I like historical buildings but I won't miss the Annex. Having it next to the gorgeous new Air Force Memorial is just......blech.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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I have more memories of the hillside, since I used to go there to watch the DC fireworks rather than going downtown. The air force memorial took out a bunch of good space, and I haven't been in years, so I don't know if people still watch from there or not.

The building never struck me as anything particularly interesting or worth saving.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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I'd much rather be able to accomodate more deceased soldiers. (Although, I wish we didn't have a need for additional space.)
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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I think it's a testament to the old ways....intended as temporary warehouses and they were in continuous use for 70 years.

I doubt a lot of the "permanent" buildings constructed today will last that long.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Good article about the building's demolition.
Navy Annex being razed after 70 years of service - The Washington Post
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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No problem with tearing it down--though the fact that they're going to cut down some 200-year-old trees is criminal.

If history is any guide, we will likely have future wars and conflicts--and sadly, warfighters who die valiantly in battle. But at some point, the Cemetery will have to stop expanding, and we will have to find a new burial place of equal stature.

The buildings I really wish they hadn't torn down are the so-called "temporary" buildings that were along the Mall from around WWI to about 1973. Those appear to have been solidly built and in a great location. Although they have been replaced by so-called "green space," historical photos show that when these buildings existed, there were more large trees nearby; e.g., the Monument used to be surrounded by big trees. Now it's surround by a driveway and some flags.
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