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Changes Coming to the Facade of the National Community Church

February 16, 2013

The west side of 8th Street-Barracks Row, between G and E Streets, includes a cool and interesting theater-turned-church, which is now home to the National Community Church (“NCC”).  (The inside of the building is a large, well-maintained old theater.)  It’s great to have NCC as a neighbor on Barracks Row – the church keeps the facade and front of the building clean and tidy, and its presence adds to the neighborhood feel of Barracks Row, particularly on Sunday mornings as people sip coffee and gather for church.

NCC will soon be adding a “blade sign” to the facade of the building, similar to (but smaller than) the blade sign the building had in the 1950s and 1960s.  My understanding is that HPRB approval has already been secured for his change.

NCC is also now seeking to make two additional changes.  First, it plans to replace its single set of doors with two sets of double doors, to allow for an easier flow of foot traffic as people enter and exit the building for church services and other events.  Second, it hopes to add a small ticket booth–protruding not more than 5 feet out into the sidewalk (about half the depth of most outdoor patios on 8th Street)–on the north side of the building.  Tickets will be sold out of the booth when the NCC building hosts ticketed events (e.g., movies).  NCC will need a public space permit to install this ticket booth.

NCC has provided me with images reflecting its plans, which I unsuccessfully tried to post on the blog.  If you’d like to see what the building will look like, please feel free to email me and I’ll send along the PDF:


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