Left Behind: A Church in Southwest, Washington, DC

Sliced off from its neighborhood, buffeted by an interstate, this Franciscan monastery continues on in the shadow of the massive government office buildings of Federal Center Southwest.

What is cool is how the church received a Modernist makeoever, with this stylish railing that leads around the property.

In back, this funky Modernist chapel completes the ensemble of buildings that still houses friars.

The parking lot features “Thou Shalt Not Park Here” signs.

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