If anybody's been on Girard between 13th and 14th, they might have noticed a big, seemingly abandoned house on the north side of the street. To me, it looks like a haunted mansion from some movie. However, it's not abandoned - in fact, it's owned and lived in by two well-known DC (and especially Ward 1) political activists, Dorothy Brizill and Gary Imhoff. Both are whistle-blowers/agitators/gadflies, and have done a lot of good things for the city, mostly by asking questions of lawmakers.
But their place is a real dump - broken and missing windows, peeling paint, piles of debris in the yard, etc. It doesn't look like anybody lives there, or has for some time.
The City Paper has been covering the house for years, starting in 2002, and in May 2008 noted the house had been condemned, unless they did some repairs. It looks like that might be happening, as I noticed the other day that the first floor had what looked like some new windows. The upstairs still has missing windows, but hey, it's a start - I guess.