Permission for fence around Bannon house denied by city

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A Capitol Hill rowhouse in a designated historical neighborhood has gained fresh attention Friday, after a request by the owner for a three-foot fence to be built atop a brick retaining wall was denied by the Washington, D.C. city officials.

The house is the home of Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, and former White House chief strategist. Breitbart News also operates out of the house. It has been dubbed “Breitbart Embassy.”

A Virginia-based contractor submitted an application to the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, stating, “Planning on installing a metal 3’ high fence around the front of house with a 3’ gate that opens electronically to the inside. This fence is intended for security reasons. This is the primary residence of Mr. Steve Bannon.”

Plans were for the fence to be built atop a brick wall near the sidewalk, but the city shot it down, as did the neighbors.

The Washington Post reported that the city has “tentatively” rejected the application.

Thursday, the Capitol Hill Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) unanimously voted it down, with Mark Eckenwiler, an ANC commissioner saying, “We have United States senators who live on Capitol Hill , and they don’t turn their homes into security compounds. If they don’t need it, then it’s a little hard to determine how you could justify it in this case.”

The Historic Preservation Board reportedly will have the final say.

Neighbor Patricia Burke said the house is a nuisance in the neighborhood, with all the extra street parking and events held there. As for the fence, she stated, “We have Supreme Court security. We have Capitol Hill security. We have Secret Service.”

The owner of the home, Moustafa el-Gindy, a former member of the Egyptian parliament, reportedly purchased the property in 2009 for $2.35 million.

 

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