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Community News

Dupont East’s Ancient “Jackson Elm” No More

At about 9:30 this past Friday night, this iconic, 250-year-old massive tree — long a landmark just east of New Hampshire Avenue in the alley between the 1700 blocks of Corcoran and Q Streets, NW — succumbed to the unrelenting 45-50 mile winds (and higher gusts). Following are dramatic photos that reveal the aftermath, courtesy of Annie Canby who, with her husband Peter, just three weeks ago took up residence in their new Q Street home after having lived and raised their children in suburban Chevy Chase.

Afternoon, Sat., the 3rd: Looking west toward the Imperial House condominium & New Hamp. Ave. To the right, rear of Corcoran St. houses & to the left, the parking lot of the Q St. condominium complex.

Afternoon, Sat., the 3rd: Looking west toward the Imperial House condominium & New Hamp. Ave. To the right, rear of Corcoran St. houses & to the left, the parking lot of the Q St. condominium complex.

As far back as 14 years ago last month neighbors were expressing grave concern about the need to ensure the safety (and continued existence) of this historic tree, as we reported in a story at the time.

This was the only car to suffer a total crushing; only one other car was damaged, but not seriously.

This was the only car to suffer a total crushing; only one other car was damaged, but not seriously.

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Looking eat toward 17th St. Seen in the immediate background is the rear of Analostan condominium on Corcoran St. and in the far background can be seen The Cairo in the 160-0 block of Q St.

Looking eat toward 17th St. Seen in the immediate background is the rear of Analostan condominium on Corcoran St. and in the far background can be seen The Cairo in the 160-0 block of Q St.

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Kathleen Lynch, a loyal ,em.InTowner readers & one-time owner of the Corcoran Mews condo unit whose outside terrace was shaded by the tree shared this photo she took from her Corcoran Mews terrace 9 years ago to the month that the tree fell. While no longer living in Washington she nevertheless has expressed her dismay over the loss of the shade (and beauty) it provided.

Kassie Lynch, a loyal InTowner reader and one-time owner of the Corcoran Mews condo unit whose outside terrace was shaded by the tree, shared this photo she took from her Corcoran Mews terrace 9 years ago to the month that the tree fell. While no longer living in Washington she nevertheless has expressed her dismay over the loss of the shade (and beauty) it provided. photo–Kathleen A. Lynch.

A resident from farther east down the alley came to compare his 5ft. 11in. height with the size of the already partly sawed up trunk before removal.. <em>photo--David Mallof, anotherr neighbor</em>

A resident from farther east down the alley came to compare his 5ft. 11in. height with the size of the already partly sawed up trunk before removal. photo–David Mallof, another neighbor.

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The following photos, taken by Ken Cheng, were shared with The InTowner by Jon Keeton behind whose Corcoran Street house and the Corcoran Mews houses the giant tree had not just been shading but had provided beauty. As a neighbor whose Q Street condo across the alley lamented, she had once looked out into a garden (referring to the tree’s immense foliage), but now looks out into a parking lot!

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