Washington, DC -
Sometimes restoration really means replacement. This once-grand city residence, built in the 1870s for a Civil War commander and his family, had fallen badly into disrepair. When its new owners decided to renovate the home into apartments, they set out to fully restore its historic exterior appearance in order to qualify for a federal tax credit. Unfortunately, the owners discovered that the green stone of the building’s facade was not durable. Its inability to resist water, time and pollution precluded true restoration.
The AIA Preservation Award-winning solution involved measuring and replacing each stone with more durable tinted cement.The owners received the tax credits, and the façade retained such distinct features as stylized floral & geometric patterns in the Eastlake style.
This is a 5 Story mansion converted into 5 large luxury units, taking advantage of historic trim and spaces while integrating modern systems.
AIA | DC / Chapter Award 1987
Achievement in Excellence in Historic Preservation in Architecture