Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain – Off the Roof of 194 Columbia Heights

Seems like the roof repairs free spirit/owner Dr. Austin Moore commissioned for the roof of 194 Columbia Heights back in 2009 aren’t holding up. Two years after promising the neighborhood would be “surprised” by the improvements he planned, there seems to be more problems at the decaying townhouse.


Columbia Heights resident Vivian Shevitz sent us photos of a breach in the roof’s gutter that is causing buckets of rainwater to fall dangerously to the street below. However, what appears to be a relatively simple repair under normal circumstances may take a very long time at 194 Columbia Heights.

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Some background on the property as reported by BHB in 2009:

The long-neglected townhouse has sat unused for nearly a decade, and is locked in what sources say is a bitter divorce dispute between its owners. In the meantime, the house’s windowsills and cornices are crumbling.

According to public records, it was last sold in 1986 to Austin Moore, a psychiatrist with an office nearby at 123 Henry Street. Dr. Moore did not immediately return a call for comment, but recently told the Eagle that he would “probably surprise everybody by doing some improvements this spring.”

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  • GHB

    Really such a damn shame that that beautiful townhouse is falling apart. I’ve been in the Heights over 12 years, and it’s been vacant at least that long…

  • lois

    I think it’s been over twenty years that 194 has been abandoned. He keeps saying he’s going to renovate, but the longer he takes, the worse the situation gets. Take a look at the back of the building from the promenade – even worse than a front view.

  • Andrew Porter

    It was vacant when I moved here. Lyndon Johnson was president then.