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Plan to Convert Washington Club former home to New Use to be presented to the Dupont Circle ANC Monday Evening, February 17th

One of the items on the agenda for the Dupont Circle ANC’s meeting starting at 6pm in the Foxhall A Room of the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hamp. Ave., NW) will be a presentation of a plan to convert the historic Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle, including replacing its early 1950s annex facing P Street just west of the Iraqi Embassy at the corner of 19th Street. The purchaser/developer SB-Urban (its principals being Frank Saul, III and Michael Balban) are seeking the ANC’s endorsement of their project design now pending before the DC Historic Preservation Review Board. HPRB).

The plan calls for the creation of high-end residential project consisting of a modest number of small residential apartments that will occupy a new glass and masonry structure that will replace the early 1950s annex. The first and second floors of the new structure will be linked to the mansion’s first and second floor levels. The second floor of the mansion will be renovated and turned into common spaces for the apartment tenants for use in the manner of a private club. The project architects are from the highly respected local Hartman-Cox firm

As described by the Dupont Circle Conservancy following a recent presentation to that group, “except for its linkages to the Patterson House, the proposed glass and masonry structure will be separated from the mansion by a 14-footwide landscaped area. The new structure will be five stories at the front with an additional sixth story set back from the front. There will be a green roof and a penthouse on the top floor of the new structure.”

According to the Historic Preservation Office’s Senior Preservation Planner Steve Callcott, “In reviewing the comments made by the HPRB regarding the last presentation, I think [the current one] is very responsive. The HPRB was open to an addition that was somewhat taller than the mansion as long as there was more of a gap between it and the mansion, stepped down somewhat in height toward P Street (and thus stepped up to the full height only at the rear), and had a stronger, more unified and composed design. The new proposal responds to all of those points. There is still work to be done (the east elevation, which is very visible along 18th Street through the large parking lot north of the rear of the Iraqi Embassy, could use additional thought, but is solvable).”

Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts, the developers did not respond to our request for copies of the architects’ front and side elevation renderings which were then already documents of public record since they had previously been shown publicly to the Conservancy.

For information regarding the other items on the ANC’s agenda, visit www.dupontcircleanc.net or send email to email@DupontCircleANC.net.

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