Lerner Shops, Facadotomized, But Still There, Washington, DC

This building sat empty, coated in layer upon layer of crusty yellow paint. I often overheard people say it should be torn down as they walked by, and seeing it fully restored on the front is heartening. Now, to be honest, they chopped off the back of the building and combined all the other buildings…

Faadetomy, Washington, DC

Update: The buildings behind these faades are now complete. I featured their transformation in this post about the Cupples Warehouses in St. Louis. Washington, DC is the location of a very strange phenomenon: the faadetomy. Essentially what happens is that developers stopped tearing down the entire building and leave the faade hanging precipitously in space…